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Morocco: green for the rich, grey for the poor

With COP22 taking place in Morocco, is the kingdom greenwashing its image? And can there be climate justice without social justice?

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Morocco: green for the rich, grey for the poor

With COP22 taking place in Morocco, is the kingdom greenwashing its image? And can there be climate justice without social justice?

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Human rights’ universality and correlation with culture

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The death of Mohsen Fikri and the long history of oppression and protest in Morocco's Rif

A month after Mohsen Fikri’s death, the ongoing protests in Morocco’s Rif expose a long history of marginalization in the region.

Can the president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq cry?

Any attempt to link the past of the Kurds in Iraq to their future depends on whether the president of the Kurdistan Region can cry.

Glasgow’s Sudanese community calls for solidarity with those on strike in Sudan

Members of Glasgow’s Sudanese community staged an “emergency demonstration” to raise awareness about the strikes and civil disobedience in Sudan, prompted by huge hikes in medicine prices.

استشهاد محسن فكري يكشف تاريخ طويل من الغضب في الريف المغربي

بعد مرور شهر على حادثة فرم بائع السمك المغربي محسن فكري في مدينة الحسيمة في ريف المغرب مساء الثامن والعشرين من شهر أكتوبر، لا تزال الاحتجاجات مستمرة في المدينة التي شهدت الحادثة بينما تراود التحقيقات مكانها.

Theodor Herzl and the trajectory of Zionism

An interview with Professor Derek Penslar, former professor of Israel Studies at Oxford University, offers one possible explanation for why Jewish nationalism is so divisive and garners such controversy.

“What has Azza done?”: Azza Soliman, a unique feminist at risk

The escalation of judicial harassment against Azza Soliman triggered many angry, but also surprised, reactions: “what has Azza done?” This indeed is a question I would like to answer.

Turkey’s Syrian and Iraqi adventures: the underlying message

Turkey is sending a message that its armed forces are still a strong and capable fighting force, despite large-scale purges of officers of the highest ranks.

On the international day for women human rights defenders: building bridges of solidarity and protection

Patriarchy affects the lives of women human rights defenders as much as the ongoing wars, bombs, and crisis do, and it should not be neglected.

Libyan political agreement: recipe for peace or disaster?

The United Nations-brokered Libyan political agreement has failed to bear any fruits thus far because it does not address the root causes of the Libyan crisis and only adds to its complexity.

What peace? State disorders and non-state orders

For many, peace is just a long and complex process that will deliver very little if at all, and will mainly benefit the political and business elite.

Trump's day one: in crisis mode

The president-elect's hope is to follow an "America first" path to domestic renewal. Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya may puncture it. 

An inward looking Turkey in a turbulent Middle East

The deteriorating situation in Turkey since the failed coup raises many questions about the future of the country and its role in the region

Trump, Putin, and the new Middle East

The election of Trump will give second wind to autocrats in the region as well as create space for the growth of Russian influence.

Tunisia’s moment of truth: process, outcomes, expectations

The historic televised public testimonies of survivors of the repressive regimes in Tunisia since 1950s can open the way for transitional justice in the country.

The two-state solution: what Europe must do and why

Despite chaos elsewhere in the region, resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict remains urgent for its own sake. International Humanitarian Law should be rigorously applied before any negotiation.

A visit to the West Bank

The West Bank has witnessed an upsurge in violence over the past year while the construction of settler colonies continues apace, but there may be hope in the BDS movement.

Thank you Mr. Trump, the unifier

A letter to President-elect Trump, thanking him for unifying progressive voices from all corners of the world by winning this election.

Yemen without a functioning central bank: the loss of basic economic stabilization and accelerating famine

The Yemeni government’s decision in September to relocate the central bank and replace its governor has left the country without an institution capable of providing basic economic stabilization.

My 350 on Donald Trump: Widening the Gulf

The Gulf Arab states will welcome the end of Obama's administration. But there are no guarantees that Trump will be a better partner.

Tunisia: performing justice in difficult times

The Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia faces many challenges holding its first public hearings in the country’s transitional justice process.

The UK’s not-so-secret war in Syria

The SAS is clearly playing a large, sustained role against ISIS in Syria, so why does the UK government still refuse to comment?

Morocco: green for the rich, grey for the poor

With COP22 taking place in Morocco, is the kingdom greenwashing its image? And can there be climate justice without social justice?

Trump's first steps on Israel / Palestine

Free advice for Trump from a fellow American citizen and Palestinian who lives and works under Israeli military occupation.

Iraq’s Kurdistan government needs a public debate on independence

To win the argument and battle for the Kurdistan state, it is more important to win the support of the Kurdish people than to win the consent of the superpowers.

The Stasi, Freud and Egypt’s predicament

The German Stasi can explain much about the tendency of Egyptian state and security agencies to protect themselves.

Attacks on civil society in Turkey, human rights and solidarity

Protests and a show of strength demonstrate the importance of challenging a state that reverts to the arbitrary exercise of power.

Why resistance is the shortest way to global justice

In a context of growing injustice, reclaiming the importance and the meaning of the word resistance is more urgent than ever.

The curious case of a Turkish judiciary in a state of emergency

There is strong evidence to conclude that Turkey has gone beyond what is necessary or proportionate.

Trump and climate change: why not talk about threat multipliers?

Discussing climate-linked migration as a “threat” requires adopting the premise that migration is a threat. And perhaps even that migrants themselves are a threat.

US drone base in Tunisia: expanding a borderless war against terror to North Africa

By normalising the use of drones, the US might be planting a seed that people in the Arab world reject: the seed of arbitrariness.

Are litmus tests on culture spreading from Israel to Berlin?

Pro-Israel journalists and politicians in Germany target a Palestinian arts and culture festival, its curators and the venue hosting it.

Trump can't simply delete a dangerous campaign

Attacking your opponent is one thing during the campaign, but attacking entire groups has far-reaching effects that do not get ‘deleted’ so quickly.

Lessons for Trumpland: adventures with demagoguery in the Middle East

From a demo in Istanbul to the quiet racism of Israeli security, it's time for Americans to understand what modern authoritarianism looks like – and learn how to resist.

A conspiracy cooked up by ‘activist left-wing human rights’ lawyers?

Government and media have denied, dismissed and derided allegations of abuse by British soldiers in Iraq. Over 7 days we’ll interrogate a very British scandal. Day 1: Attack the lawyers.

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