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About nervana111

Doctor, blogger and Commentator on Middle East issues

Reblog: Amnesty calls for independent monitors as allegations of torture mount — Human Rights in Turkey

In the aftermath of a failed coup attempt, Amnesty has seen mounting evidence of human rights abuses, including a further clamp down on freedom of expression and mass arrests. The detention of human rights lawyer Orhan Kemal Cengiz and the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016-Week 29 (July 18- 24)

Top Headlines  Sectarian violence in Minya in Upper Egypt Egyptian court annuls Ahmed Mortada Mansour’s membership in the parliament Egypt’s central bank governor said that time was not right to float the Egyptian pound More debris from crashed Egypt Air … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 28 (July 11- 17)

Top Headlines Word “fire” is heard on voice recorder of doomed Egypt Air Egypt orders Muslim preachers to deliver identical weekly sermons Sisi will participate in Beijing G20 summit in September Egypt’s Sisi extends state of emergency in parts of … Continue reading

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Suheir Atassi’s swimsuit and our moral bankruptcy

Syria’s Suheir Atassi Millions of women around the world do this daily without attracting much attention, but recently, Suhair Atassi, a prominent, secular Syrian opposition figure was spotted wearing a swimsuit at a Turkish resort. When photos of her appeared … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 -Week 27 -2016 (July 4-10)

Egyptian foreign minister visits Israel Top Headlines Egyptian foreign minister to talk Middle East peace in rare visit to Israel Egypt to receive alleged Egypt Air MS804 wreckage washed ashore in Israel Traders are betting Egypt will weaken the pound … Continue reading

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Banning the Niqab is a ban of disguised identity, not Islamic dress code

  Two women wearing niqab face veils (file pic) Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images The canton of Ticino, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, has banned the Niqab, the face veil worn by some Muslims. The decision came after a referendum in 2013, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 26 ( June 26-July 3)

Apology for the late posting of my weekly Egypt’s compilation, as I was in a short trip abroad.  Top Headlines Egypt Air MS804 cockpit recorder contents are not damaged TV host Liliane Daoud is arrested and deported from Egypt Coptic Christian priest … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week25 (June20-26)

Top Headlines  Administrative court has quashed a government decision to hand control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia Egypt government has lodged an appeal against a court decision to block Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia Egypt … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Stubborn Liberals of the Western World

Brexit ____ the unthinkable has happened. Britain has voted to leave the European Union, triggering both local and global astonishment. This result baffled even the closest followers of British politics, and the surprising responses are, in a way, understandable. What … Continue reading

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On Britain and Brexit

  “The universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” This quote from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, albeit in a different context, has always been in my mind every time I went fell walking in the Lake District. This area is … Continue reading

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