Tag Archives: Islamism

Podcast: Arabs are wondering, is Erdogan all talk? – Nervana Mahmoud- Ahval

I recorded this podcast with Ahval’s editor David Lepeska that war is a real possibility in the eastern Mediterranean, that Turkey has taken all decision-making power away from Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and that Turkish President Erdogan has … Continue reading

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Rebranding the caliphate –a never-ending dystopian myth

  If not now, when?   if not you, who? With the image of pious Erdogan reciting the Quran in Hagia Sophia, and his head Mufti holding the sword of conquest it is no wonder that slogan appeared on social media. … Continue reading

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Reblog: Erdoğan setting the stage for invalidating the Lausanne Treaty

This is a brilliant piece by Turkish writer Yavuz Baydar, published in, in Ahval, on Erdogan’s intention after converting Hagia Sophia to a mosque. Republished here with permission.    (Photo via Ahval) A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Turkish … Continue reading

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The EU must do more to fight the funding of Islamism across the continent

I wrote this piece for the European Parliament Magazine on Qatari-controlled, UK-based Al Rayan Bank, which continues to provide financial services to a series of Islamist and extremist groups blacklisted by other institutions, and the dangers of lax financial oversight by the … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: ISIS and Sri Lanka Terror Attack

As the so called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the wave of co-ordinated suicide bombings that resulted in the Easter Sunday carnage in Sri Lanka, here are few Tweets by the, always insightful, New York Times’s Rukmini Callimachi, and few … Continue reading

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My Twitter Thread on Women’s Day 2019

I do not usually re-publish my own Twitter threads, but this particular twitter thread is important to me as it reflects on my views on various issues related to women rights. I share it here for followers who are not … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: Ilhan Omar and Israel

U.S. representative for Minnesota’s 5th congeressional  district, Somali -American politician Ilhan Omar has stirred several contraversies recently. The latest was her fued with fellow Democrat Nita Lowey over support of Israel and alleged anti-Semitic comments. Ilhan’s controversial comments has prompted the Anti-Defamation League to … Continue reading

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How Did Iran Win in Syria?

  Photo via Reuters   It is over – the Syrian revolution has ended. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took full control of the province of Deraa, the birthplace of the 2011 protests. Now Assad has regained control … Continue reading

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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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Social Islamism In Egypt

An English version of my original Arabic piece in Al-Hurra Amr Salama’s Movie’s Sheikh Jackson In recent days, in Egypt, an Oscar-nominated film was referred to Al-Azhar, a crowd of Muslim worshippers attacked a church, and an actress became the focus … Continue reading

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