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Famine in Yemen finally reaches western headlines

HELEN LACKNER

While it is worth discussing whether the missile in the November 4 attack came from Iran in the first place, the outcome is unarguable. It has dramatically worsened an already abysmal situation.

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People gather in the site of an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, on November 11, 2017. The Saudi-led coalition has been bombing northern Yemen for several days. Mohammed Mohammed/Press Association. All rights reserved.

How communication technology became a tool of repression: the case of the UAE

JOE ODELL
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Giant poster dedicated to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, located near the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. Picture by Artur Widak/NurPhoto USA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

With the help of international ‘cyber security dealers’, the internet has been transformed into a central component of authoritarian control.

Paradises of the earth: activism and film production

HAMZA HAMOUCHENE
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Picture by Nadir Bouhmouch. Some rights reserved.

Hamza Hamouchene, producer of the groundbreaking web documentary Paradises of the Earth, talks about the reasons that led him to embark on this amazing project.

Famine in Yemen finally reaches western headlines

HELEN LACKNER

While it is worth discussing whether the missile in the November 4 attack came from Iran in the first place, the outcome is unarguable. It has dramatically worsened an already abysmal situation.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
People gather in the site of an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, on November 11, 2017. The Saudi-led coalition has been bombing northern Yemen for several days. Mohammed Mohammed/Press Association. All rights reserved.

How communication technology became a tool of repression: the case of the UAE

JOE ODELL
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Giant poster dedicated to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, located near the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. Picture by Artur Widak/NurPhoto USA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

With the help of international ‘cyber security dealers’, the internet has been transformed into a central component of authoritarian control.

Paradises of the earth: activism and film production

HAMZA HAMOUCHENE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Picture by Nadir Bouhmouch. Some rights reserved.

Hamza Hamouchene, producer of the groundbreaking web documentary Paradises of the Earth, talks about the reasons that led him to embark on this amazing project.

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دعوة إلى تقديم المقالات: الاستماع إلى ليبيا – التّدخّل وآثاره

تسعى صفحة نوى إلى نقل نظرة معمّقة عن الوضع في ليبيا من خلال دعوة الكتّاب والقرّاء الليبيين إلى الإدلاء بآرائهم والتعبير عن أفكارهم وتقديم مقالات بالإضافة إلى اقتراح قراءات متعلّقة بهذا الشأن.

 

Call for submissions: Listening to Libya - Intervention and its aftermath

NAWA seeks to provide a deeper look into Libya by inviting Libyan writers, and readers to submit their thoughts, articles and pitches but also their reading recommendations to us.

Syrian cultural policies in Turkey: Islamists and secularists beyond the wall – Part II

Changing mocking views of Syrian culture demands endless efforts. عربي

‘We need to talk’ about Sisi’s twisted take on human rights

No one is keeping the Egyptian government from “fighting terrorism.” But Sisi’s rhetoric on the “right to combat” terrorism underlies his belief of an “Egyptian exceptionalism.” 

All ‘hail’ the real king

The Saudi Monarch’s 4 November purge threatens the kingdom’s longstanding policy on dynastic rule, and paves the way for Salman’s abdication of power to his son Mohammed.

A ghost with red nail polish

"Now begins another day in the days of war. It’s not a new day; there’s nothing new about war, even if the suffering changes." عربي

Paradises of the earth, Part 3: Oum Laarayes [video]

Watch the third episode of the ground-breaking web documentary series “Paradises of the Earth” where the international solidarity caravan visits Oum Laarayes, a marginalised and polluted mining town in Tunisia.

Why progressives should support wikileaks

It is a fundamental political error to casually associate Wikileaks with neoconservatism or reactionary populism. No affinity between these two worlds is possible.

One more time with feeling, in Athens

Nick Cave's fearlessness in visiting darkness makes the light shine brighter.

Libya: damned if we do and damned if we don’t

Given the complex attitudes towards foreign interventions in Libya, we need a clear strategy that stands up to local, regional, and international scrutiny.

Famine in Yemen finally reaches western headlines

While it is worth discussing whether the missile in the November 4 attack came from Iran in the first place, the outcome is unarguable. It has dramatically worsened an already abysmal situation.

Paradises of the earth: activism and film production

Hamza Hamouchene, producer of the groundbreaking web documentary Paradises of the Earth, talks about the reasons that led him to embark on this amazing project.

How communication technology became a tool of repression: the case of the UAE

With the help of international ‘cyber security dealers’, the internet has been transformed into a central component of authoritarian control.

Syrian cultural work in Turkey: the marginalization continues – Part I

The forced transition into Turkish life has difficulties that aren’t dissimilar to the sense of marginalization that many Syrians have become accustomed to – and continue to face – in their homeland. عربي

Egypt’s faltering counter-insurgency strategy

There is a lack of preparedness in countering the insurgency and the wave of repression has not lead to an improved security situation, on the contrary, Cairo has now become more of a target.

Paradises of the earth, Part 2: Redeyef [video]

The second episode of the ground-breaking web documentary series “Paradises of the Earth” follows an international solidarity caravan to the second stop of the trip:  Redeyef, a marginalised and polluted mining town in Tunisia.

Paradises of the earth, Part 1: Gabes [video]

The first episode of the ground-breaking web documentary series “Paradises of the Earth” follows an international solidarity caravan to the first stop of the trip: the Mediterranean oasis of Gabes in southern Tunisia.

ذكوريتي التي غلبت إنسانيتي

أنا نسوي التوجه، ويوجد كثير من الذكور في هذا المجتمع يؤمنون بهذا التوجه الفكري، فالنسوية ليست سُبة أو إهانة إذا وُصف بها الذكور، النسوية تجعل الذكور أقل ذكورية وأكثر إنسانية.

Contagion effect and the Saudi grand game in the Middle East

The willingness of Mohammed bin Salman to embark on a series of moves against Iranian power in the Middle East already shows evidence of severe miscalculation.

الروسي في الساحل السوري: لا احتلال ولا من يحزنون!

بغض النظر عن انتماء الروس العرقي والديني، يتشارك السوريون في جزء كبير منهم برفض تسمية القوات الأجنبية الموجودة على أرضهم بالاحتلال، وكل منهم يتمترس وراء موقفه الأساسي مما يجري في البلاد.

Iraq and rest of humanity

To ask, why so much violence in Iraq, is, then, to ask what is happening to humanity everywhere in this world?

الإعلام في مصيدة الإيديولوجيا

الرفض لإعلام المواطن ينطوي على أزمة مفادها؛ أن الإعلام التقليدي يرفض تمثيل الناس لأنفسهم، بل ويصرّ على الضلوع في إنتاج هوية جمعية يرفضها العامة والغالبية.

The Prince: on how many fronts can Mohammad bin Salman act simultaneously?

The Saudi crown prince moves towards concentrating absolute power in his own hands, while escalating tensions on several fronts.

The challenges of building a shared Iraqi identity

If we take the fracturing of Iraqi memory to be an indicator of the direction Iraq is headed, then it is clear that reconciliation will also entail reconciling such competing narratives of Iraqi history, and thus identity.

One Zionist view of the Balfour Declaration

The State of Israel came into being thirty-one years after the Balfour Declaration, precisely because Zionist Jews were done entrusting their fate to others.

أنا_سمية: التحرش في مصر، قصة لا تنتهي#

"سمية، لا أملك مالًا لأعطيك إياه، ولست طبيبة لأجري لك العملية بدون مقابل، لا أملك سوى قلمي ولذلك رويت قصتك لعل أحدهم يهتم ويساعدك بشكل أو بآخر."

Syrian refugees in Russia have to fight for their rights

Syrian citizens are fleeing from their war-torn homeland, and some of them have chosen Russia as their country of asylum. But life for them here is also a struggle. RU

Zionism, anti-semitism, and the Balfour Declaration

A complementarity between the anti-semitic desire to get rid of the Jews and the Zionist project of sending all Jews to Palestine seems ignored, for example, by Theresa May.

100 years after Balfour: the reality which still shames Israel

Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel.

Patriotic education is textbook propaganda

Resistance is vital if we are to spare children from the mind-numbing diet of national superiority and state allegiance that governments around the world are trying to feed them.

Why I write

“Though my writing career has gone further than I ever imagined, it has come at a high personal price, namely life in exile.”

100 years later: getting beyond Balfour

The Balfour Declaration shows that sovereignty and security for one group of people can never be achieved at the expense of another.

استفتاء كردستان والمعارضة السورية: لا موقف.. موقف.. وتخبّط

لم تختلف حصيلة أداء هيئات المعارضة بالعلاقة مع استفتاء الاستقلال الكردستاني من حصيلة أدائها بالعلاقة مع مسائل أخرى.

But what was so appealing about ISIS?

What happened before, during and after the Tunisian revolution that made the Islamist morbid utopia seem possible and attractive?

The anti-Islamist campaign and Arab democracy

Egyptians, Libyans, Tunisians, and other Arabs deserve better than to be told that they must choose between extremism and chaos or autocracy.

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