The nature of Begum’s actions should have no bearing on her entitlement to a fair hearing. It is deeply disturbing that so many people are willing to allow this principle to slip purely because of their own feelings about Begum’s actions and her identity. Continue reading Shamima Begum ruling by the Supreme Court sets a dangerous legal precedent
One of the central ideas explored in David Baddiel’s book is what he describes as a hierarchy of racism. Racism, he explains, is often defined primarily by material privilege. Continue reading A look at anti-Semitism on the left – ‘Jews Don’t Count’ by David Baddiel
In 1994, the younger son of a rather prominent Middle-Eastern family woke up to some unexpected news. His older brother had died suddenly, leaving him as the sole heir to the dictator of Syria. Continue reading From a spark of hope to utter ruin: Syria’s journey since the Arab Spring has seen Assad preside over a decade-long humanitarian catastrophe
It was a moment that changed the world, the moment long-time Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was ousted from office after eighteen days of protests and uprisings. Continue reading Tahrir Square became the iconic epicentre for resistance, but now Egypt is once more mired in dictatorship
Muammar Gaddafi’s fall did not usher Libya into a new dawn, only utter chaos. Continue reading Ten years after Gaddafi, Libya is a failed state wracked by civil war, militias, and a gaping power vacuum
Many even believed Tunisia to be the only country which has seen any real success from the Arab Spring. Continue reading Tunisia: The Arab Spring’s only success story?
As the dust settled from the storming of the Capitol Building and troops took to the streets to lock down the area for Biden’s inauguration, a stream of crass and ill-informed comparisons began inevitably to flow in. Continue reading The storming of the Capitol is an entirely American disaster. Stop comparing it to the Middle East.
Of the many things Donald Trump’s presidency has been noted for, his diplomatic approach to Israel has been one of innumerable controversies. Continue reading For Israel, Biden represents a return to the status quo
As Israel enters its fourth election in two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position appears to be weakening. Continue reading Israel’s election will be a ‘referendum on Netanyahu’ – but he would only be replaced by another right-winger
Our soldiers represent Great Britain internationally. How we expect them to behave whilst on active service and how we respond if they fall short of the high standards we expect says a lot about us as a nation. Continue reading Trump Blackwater pardons: Why soldiers need to be held accountable for crimes overseas