The Charlie Hebdo attack was an act of violence by deranged individuals. It should not be interpreted as a replay of the Huntingtonian clash of civilisations, somehow justifying past stigmatisation and future backslash against Muslim populations.
How is it possible that only 29 % of
Americans believe that the interrogations carried out by the CIA, denounced as
torture by the recent Senate Report, are wrong? To what do we owe such moral
The 35th Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) Summit in Doha, Qatar appears as a rare and positive momentum in the
history of the GCC. However, Qatar's position remains convoluted and reconciliation
Even with an
explicitly discriminatory policy in
place, designed to force Palestinians to break the rules or leave the country,
nearly all continue to apply for permits, paying the extortionate fees, using
the system rather than fighting against it.
A basic right for
Iranian women could be guaranteed within an Islamic framework of governance
provided those in government were inclined to interpret the faith in the spirit
of equality, says Shirin Ebadi.
Has the Arab Spring failed to
go far enough? What kind of complicating factor is ISIS? Turkey's PM calls for a stategy to ensure democracy survives in the region–and hints at the opportunity Europe has.
Can Turkey talk about its concern for social welfare
given its rapacious capitalist practises, lack of labour rights and persisting gender inequality? Prime Minister Davutoğlu elaborates on his 9-point
The AKP government has ruled Turkey
for 12 years, presiding over dramatic economic growth and increased global prestige. Critics say that internal opposition has been silenced,
democratic freedoms trampled and corruption is still rife.
There is a conspiracy of silence around
victors’ justice within the United Nations and in global diplomacy, as if it is
embarrassing even to call attention to such a fundamental deficiency in the
implementation of international criminal law.
The rise of new left leaders such as Alexis Tsipras in Greece and Pablo Iglesias in Spain reflects a new desire for leadership and political representation at odds with the neoanarchist culture that has for long dominated the radical left and influenced the movements of 2011.