Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.
Until now, the struggle between autocrats and revolutionaries has been confined within national boundaries. But as the trend shifts towards a pooling of autocratic regimes’ resources, any future confrontation must be regional.
Islamic State project is finding some consensus in countries where political
deadlock reduces our social lives to a primordial level. Social and economic
frustration stays at an all-time high level, even in a country like Tunisia.
People fighting for survival experiment with their own path to
democracy in the Middle East. Not just another effort to carve out an ethnic niche,
but to establish a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy.
The west turned a blind eye to the possible use
of chemical weapons by militant Islamists allied against the Assad regime in
Syria. Now that Islamic State almost certainly possesses them, the chickens are
coming home to roost.
Snared by geopolitical interests,
post-9/11 interventions have too easily been captured by leading states. A
robust law enforcement process must serve enforcers of law, not agents of
Situated far from sites of official peace negotiations, women’s activism, caretaking and community-building is often
relegated to the category of service provision, but sustainable peace depends upon it.
Militarised spyware has played a crucial role in the Assad regime's offensive against the Syrian opposition. But further risk remains as Syrians' data has been swept up in the global surveillance dragnet.
With a never-ending siege on Gaza, the economic capacity of Palestinians has shrunk to an unbearable limit where families struggle to feed their children. A breeding ground is thereby created for extremism and radical ideologies.
A wave of xenophobia is ruining the lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey where they are seen as criminals, accused of stealing jobs and responsible for anything that goes wrong. Media incitement and state inaction fuel the flames.
The EU is following a bizarre logic, where support is given to autocratic regimes who benefit from the rise of extremist groups, instead of seeking reasons for the rise of radicalization among European youth. Why?
The Arab World is becoming increasingly unstable and the current elites are using severe coercion to remain in power. However, the use of coercion will lead to instability, as the opposition becomes more radicalized and prone to violence.
The story of Syrian Revolutionary Youth: the rise and fall of a grassroots movement offering a third alternative beyond the regime/Islamists binary, whose clear, principled stance made it the target of extreme regime persecution.
Any approach to Syria should be judged by its ability to stop the daily abuses against civilians. Advocates of local ceasefires must strive for a balancebetween immediate relief from the daily suffering and commitment to basic rights and the aspirations of Syrians.
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.