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For Palestinian labourers, settlement work is a nuanced form of forced labour

Palestinian workers on Israeli settlements are fed up with being used as propaganda for Israeli businesses and government and with being vilified for work they say they are forced into.

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Children who work in the settlements. Photo: Hamza Zubeidat. All rights reserved.

For Palestinian labourers, settlement work is a nuanced form of forced labour

Palestinian workers on Israeli settlements are fed up with being used as propaganda for Israeli businesses and government and with being vilified for work they say they are forced into.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Children who work in the settlements. Photo: Hamza Zubeidat. All rights reserved.

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Kurdistan referendum: why now is the wrong time

It appears that the referendum is arguably nothing more than a bargaining chip used by President Barzani, whilst also covering itself as a clever ploy to lull the suffering Kurdish population away from the on-going problems.

Gaza border controls: frustration, despair and death

This summer how many people will drive, walk, or take a train and barely realise that they have crossed a border?  How many people will know about the 2 million residents of Gaza that don’t have that right?

Claiming rights under the kafala system

How can domestic workers organise when the legal system places them at the complete mercy of their employers?

Morocco: time for self assessment in the Palace

Amid the tense political environment in Morocco, now is the time for the Palace to assume its responsibility towards the people.

Critical voices in critical times: the partition of India – lessons learned, an interview with Rajmohan Gandhi

Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi distills the vital lessons from the past, the complicated legacy of independence and partition, and the enduring relevance of nonviolent resistance.

Sisters in solidarity: the communal care of domestic workers in the Middle East

Jordan has recognised domestic workers in local labour laws, but many workers are still stuck in dire situations with few good options available to them.

For a secular interpretation of prophethood

The conception of secularism has developed in a prolonged and convoluted historical path and has been so diversified that it often implies multidimensional, ambiguous and contradictory notions. [عربي]

Dubai and Gwadar: the silent economic war in the Gulf of Oman

The expansion of Gwadar port in Pakistan is a game-changing venture that would reformulate the economic agenda of the entire region.

Strikes, protests and Egyptian nights of curfew

A conversation about journalism and research in times of uprising and repression on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Rabaa massacre.

Iraq after ISIS: continued conflict or rebuilding beyond ethno-sectarian identities?

Ignoring priorities that have popular support in Iraq risks undermining post-ISIS attempts to build a stable country, with knock-on effects at a regional level. 

What do people in the Arab countries want? Conceptions of democracy

Arab respondents mostly reject the EU brand of formal liberal democracy in which elections are essential, but civil and political rights remain decoupled from unprioritised social and economic rights.

Perceptions of EU foreign policy in the MENA region

In Arab countries, the EU is not seen as providing stability or promoting democracy. Asked what policies the EU should prioritise, survey respondents wanted 'economic support' and 'economic development'.

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza

The over 10 year-long blockade of Gaza is having a devastating impact on the lives of people living in the strip, affecting healthcare, water systems, and the ability to live and work.

“I am proud to keep resisting”: fighting the occupation in Hebron

Hazem Abu Rajab’s family was forcibly displaced from its home in Hebron’s old city by Israeli settlers.

Time to rethink UK’s engagement with Saudi Arabia

The UK has long been criticised for its close relationship with Saudi Arabia but it is time to rethink it.

The possible devastating outcome of a Kurdish referendum

An attempt to establish a Kurdish state including Kirkuk is likely to result in a truncated and economically devastated mini-Kurdistan.

Egypt: an obsession with the state

The view that social struggle should be repressed is hindering the opposition. Unless the view of the state and its coercive apparatus changes, the chances of wide scale social transformation are limited.

How Europe is bending the arc toward justice

Universal jurisdiction has come a long way since it first jolted to world attention with the detention of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London.

Morocco: the popular movement in the Rif suppressed

For nearly nine months now, the Al Hoceima region in north east Morocco has been the scene of ongoing popular protests.العربية

What next for Turkey’s opposition?

The CHP leadership have to ask themselves which they find more distasteful: Erdoğan’s autocracy or concessions on Kurdish rights?

Jerusalem: securing spaces in holy places

There are actors involved in all sides of this dispute who must now encourage enduring dialogue for conflict prevention. Jerusalem should remain the city of peace not conflict.

Vicariously offended: the Dawkins controversy and the absence of Muslim voices

The only way to have a leverage in current debates around Islam is to have many strong and effective voices, to the extent that Muslim voices become indispensable.

Race to the sea: Qatar and the balance of power in the Middle East

If the Qatari crisis is not managed rationally, then it is likely to compound the present risks in the regional balance of power, with consequences for all states in the region.

Defying conventional wisdom and ‘getting real’ with Iran

The process of reviewing the new US administration’s policy on Iran has been greatly hampered by out-of-date preconceptions and wanton comments on the part of some senior officials interested in scoring points with certain domestic constituencies.

No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State

“I am a longstanding admirer of Holland. However, the arguments he makes in his film are intellectually dishonest.”

Elections do not mean democracy

Elections are not a bad thing. But for the sake of our own commitment to honesty, let us not deceive ourselves into believing that Jordan is democratizing. 

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham’s gamble: the failure of blood

As HTS grows at the expense of others, opposition representatives will continue to lose negotiating power in the Astana and Geneva talks, leaving Assad and Russia only one option with which to end the war.

Qatar crisis: a broader consolidation of power

Despite the real tension and rivalries, there is far more that unites Qatar and surrounding countries than what separates them.

المعارض الروسي دافيدس: الأسباب التي تجعل المجتمع الروسي صامتاً معقدّة

أجرى موقع “حكاية ما انحكت” مقابلة مع  سيرغي دافيديس لفهم موقف المجتمع المدني الروسي من الصراع في سوريا. وهذا الحوار هو نتيجة شراكة بين موقع “حكاية ما انحكت” وموقع أوبن ديموكراسي في روسيا.

المغرب: حراك الريف السلمي يُقمع

يعرف إقليم الحسيمة، الواقع في الشمال الشرقي للمغرب احتجاجات منذ ما يقارب 9 أشهر، منذ مقتل بائع السمك محسن فكري في حاوية للنفايات في 28 أكتوبر من سنة 2016 . English

Gaza: ten years of economic blockade

Supporting BDS will hasten an end to the siege on Gaza and help lance a running sore in the Middle East and international relations. It deserves your support.

UNESCO’s normative failure: the case of Gülmen and Özakça

In the face of institutional failure in defending democracy and basic rights, civil society action is the last line of defence.

Questions of legitimacy

The people of Egypt need to accept that they have to forge their own path to democracy, which at this point in history will most likely come at a bloody price.  

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