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Violent Transitions

Speaking to a delegation of Latin dignitaries in 1962, President John F. Kennedy said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” His words ring prophetic as regimes in Egypt, Syria and Yemen who refuse to cede to the peaceful demands of their people find themselves locked in a deadly dance.

Arabs who have decided to seize their own destiny are confronted with regimes that are willing to use any means necessary to retain power. As Arabs struggle to overthrow their regimes, we will explore ways of averting violence, the virtues and drawbacks of international intervention and the sacrifice tens of thousands of Arabs are making for their freedom.

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As Afrin burns, where is the left?

Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a “non-western” power and so their suffering barely registers. Kurdish

Wives of ‘muhajirin’: who’s your husband?

Upon arriving in Syria, the first step a foreign fighter takes is to find a woman to marry. Why do Syrian women accept such marriages? عربي

It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria

The end game is clear: Assad, Russia and Iran will emerge victorious.

نساء المهاجرين..مين زوجك؟

الخطوة الأولى للمهاجر بعد وصوله إلى سوريا، هي البحثُ عن امرأة للزواج منها. لماذا تَقبَلُ المرأةُ السورية هذا النوع من الزواج؟ English

هل سيتوقف الانتظار يوماً ما؟

إن الانتظار اليوم هو مسلسلُ سوري بامتياز والسوريون هم من يؤدون كلّ أدوارهِ دون أن يعرفوا متى سيتمكنون من التخلصِ منه.

You've kept your power, Arab rulers, but at what cost?

Let us never forget that those who make peaceful uprisings impossible will eventually make violent revolution irresistible. 

Western complicity is fuelling Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

ما بقي لي من حلب

اليوم، وبعد عام كامل على تلك الذكرى الأقسى في مخيلتي، لم يتبقِ لي من مدينتي سوى ذاك العلم المصنوع فيها، وكاميرتي التي وثقت جميع أحياء المدينة.

بين الفقدان وآثار الحرب.. حكايا الأيتام السوريين في تركيا

"دار السلام للأيتام"  مشروع أنشأته عائلة سوريّة، يسكن فيه نحو سبعين طفلاً يتيماً.  يعتبر أولَ و أكبر دار للأيتام السوريين في تركيا.

Egypt: do you really want to counter terrorism?

Is the failure intentional or a result of general incompetence? Because of repression or Islamic ideology? This debate should be far from over.

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

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.

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.

Iraq’s security dilemma and the intractable problem of the PMF

Given the current political forces in Baghdad and security realities in Mosul, an incremental approach is needed.

نَمرةٌ تأكل أولادها الثلاثة من شدة الجوع في سوريا

وقع خليفة مرةً أخرى في صراع نفسي بين الموت مع القرب والحياة مع الفراق، قبل أن يقرر أخيراً الموافقة على إخراج جميع الحيوانات رغبةً منه في منحهم حياةً أفضل.

Pain, torture and alienation

Due to Egypt’s dire political and economic situation, pain and alienation are bound to be a feature of the lives of many for years to come.

شبح بأظافر مطلية بالأحمر

المعاناة تأكلك ولن تتقيأ فجأة شخصاً عظيماً من حطامك. إنك بائس، وهكذا هو الأمر. والآن ماذا؟ English

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.

IS’ strategic management of death

The concepts of life and death are utilized strategically to contribute to the military effort of IS. Examples from video releases and religious songs shed light on how these concepts are portrayed in IS propaganda.

Mental help: the story of Gaza’s trauma unit

Palestine has the highest rate of mental health disorders in the MENA region. Even though resources are limited, there are incredible people fighting for mental health in Gaza. 

Lebanon in the eye of the regional storm

Hizbollah’s proven armed capability in Syria, Israel’s perceived political defeat in 2006, coupled with a possible US and Saudi green light, may make confrontation inevitable.

‘Lost in Lebanon’ explores restless wait for return

The film examines various dimensions of loss through a new concept of life in exile, in a country where precarious residency comes without self-awareness.

The Egyptian Army’s violent trail of breadcrumbs

Supporting Egypt’s particular brand of fighting terrorism is equivalent to supporting a climate of expedited radicalization.

“Women and Children First”: war, humanitarianism, and the refugee crisis

Is a rethinking of laws of armed conflict or international humanitarian law, humanitarian assistance and refugee policy not significantly overdue?

Bahrain: “Undeclared Martial Law”

The outright militarization of the security apparatus has infected more and more sectors of Bahraini society. In fact, it’s now been written into the country’s constitution itself.

Towards an inclusive and pluralistic citizenship in Syria

Talk about building a new form of citizenship in Syria might seem unrealistic today, but in fact, it should be seen as a long-term strategy.

Iraqi Kurdistan: from democratic consensus to de facto autocracy

Due to the war with ISIL and international support, the Kurdistan region is currently run by an autocratic administration under the influence of neighboring countries.

Muddling through in Mosul

The west has treated ISIS as enemy number one while local actors see it as a sideshow in a political arena stretching from the Mediterranean to Iran. What does the defeat of ISIS in Mosul mean for Iraq?

Trump: justified yet unpredictable

The airstrikes were justified. But Trump’s policymaking is dangerously unpredictable.

Adding insult to injury: when Israel and Britain celebrate the historical trauma of Palestinians

Palestinians will not be silenced. We will voice our historical testimony and tell our narrative to make sense of the senseless grievances of colonialism.

Many birds, one stone: why did Iran execute 25 Sunni Kurds in August 2016?

In the chaos and instability the region is experiencing, now more than ever, religious and racial minorities find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

The victims of tyranny and the need for transitional justice in Tunisia

It is important that a law be enacted to criminalize the whitening of dictatorships so that those longing for the past stop their hopeless ventures of trying to falsify history.

Why sectarianism fails at explaining the conflict in Syria

While sectarianism may be a component, its role as the primary cause of the war remains secondary.

‘The Art of the Deal’ in the Arab Gulf: how Trump could strike a new bargain with Bahrain

America’s new president has yet to fully articulate his foreign policy strategy but one thing is abundantly clear: the next four years are going to be a far cry from the Obama Doctrine.

نقطة اللاعودة: كيف غيّرت الحكومة المصرية والرأي العام معالم إرث الألتراس؟

هذا الجزء الأخير من أربعة أجزاء عن هواة كرة القدم في مصر وكيف تحوّلوا من مشجّعين إلى "إرهابيين". English

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