For better or worse, the notoriety of the internet stepped up a notch last year. Civil unrest was a common theme in the news - not just here in the UK, but throughout the world - the US had the Occupy movements, we had 'the riots' and of course, Arabic countries had the Arab Spring. The resounding driving force behind these events? Social networking.
One year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, we are still only beginning to digest the implications of this momentous turn of events. Yet, as commentators debate the political, economic, and religious consequences of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere, few have discerned their impact in less conspicuous quarters. Yet, far from the spotlight of media attention, the effects of Arab Spring are also rippling through the murky world of intelligence gathering.
No prizes for guessing the right answer. China and Russia are the culprits. China is wavering and may change its stance in the coming weeks. But Moscow is still determined to fight on. It has recently defended the shipment of arms to the Damascus regime which is committing crimes against humanity in violation of Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Nearly a year after Egyptians took to the streets in an uprising that led to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak, it is time for the army to return to barracks and have nothing more to do with the running of the country, the writer Ahdaf Soueif said at a panel discussion in London last night.
A new university course focusing on women, Islam and media has become the first module in the UK to explore honour crimes and arranged marriage. Th...
I read with interest Dr. Joseph Olmert's article Something Is Happening in Jordan. The excellent article raised a number of contentious points and I am not going in this piece to analyse every point but would like to clarify a number of issues which Dr. Olmert touched on in his article.
We need to face some depressing facts about the Arab Spring and develop a robust policy response. While the Arab Spring has opened up opportunities for women in the long-term, in the short-term the google-generation has - for now, at least - been pushed aside by the hard men of the military and the long-established Islamist parties.