Category Archives: Middle East

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and UAE: A Collaborative Trio

  Photo via Reuters Here is an English version of my latest piece for Al-Hurra  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on his first overseas tour. This tour will attract attention to Saudi Arabia and its new leadership. Importantly, … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: Iraqi newspaper and Arab’s racism towards Kurds

I wrote in my latest piece on how I encountered racism against Kurds during my travel in the region. Here is  the latest example of this ugly racism. #Iraqi paper uses picture of five men in boxers and one young … Continue reading

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Why I support Kurdistan’s independence referendum

Here is an English version of my latest article in Al-Hurra   ( photo via the Guardian)   In 838, a Kurdish leader based in Mosul named Mir Jafar Dasni revolted against the Caliph Al-Mu’tasim. After a series of armed confrontation between … Continue reading

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How can Liberal Muslims win?

Here is an English version of my latest Arabic article published in Al-Hurra   ( Tunisian women- via Al-Hurra)   Although attempts to liberalise Islamic discourse have been ongoing for centuries, they have failed to find sustainable general acceptance in Muslim … Continue reading

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Jerusalem and the death of hope

Photo via Reuters   Tension has erupted again in Jerusalem. Six people have lost their lives; three Palestinians in street clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement last … Continue reading

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Good readings on the Qatar crisis

In my latest piece, I wrote about western media’s imbalanced coverage of the recent crisis between Gulf states and Qatar.  There are, however, some balanced pieces about Qatar  that are worth reading: First, here is Richard Spencer’s very detailed piece … Continue reading

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The Western media’s imbalanced portrayal of the Qatar crisis

The crisis in the Gulf has entered its third week, since a number of Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain together with Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. The crisis … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: The Sectarianism of Al-Jazeera Arabic

Amidst an intense debate about Al-Jazeera news TV station, many western media editorial defending the channel, claiming it is a voice for free speech, and ignoring the channel’s sectarian agenda. Hayder al Khoei, an Iraqi -focused MiddlE East watcher has compiled … Continue reading

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Iran’s election: False hopes of a moderate path

( Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei –via The Guardian)  Last Friday, Iranians voted in the country’s presidential election, favoring current President Hassan Rouhani with 56.9% of the votes, defeating his hardliner rival Raisi, who scored only 38.5. Reformist candidates have also … Continue reading

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The Turkish Referendum 2017 in Tweets

"We have decided to count invalid votes as valid" Supreme Electoral Board Chair pic.twitter.com/havFXYsDrh#TurkeyReferendum #Violations — dokuz8 NEWS (@dokuz8_EN) April 16, 2017 #TurkeyReferendum: Some 47.5 million voters cast their ballots – 51.37% of whom voted in favour of the constitution … Continue reading

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