Lebanese General Security officers unlawfully attempted to shut down a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on September 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch staff members were among the participants at NEDWA, a conference organized by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), a group that works to advance LGBT and other human rights.
Contemporary Islam is not known for its engagement in the modern scientific project. But it is heir to a legendary “Golden Age” of Arabic science frequently invoked by commentators hoping to make Muslims and Westerners more respectful and understanding of each other. President Obama, for instance, in his June 4, 2009 speech in Cairo, praised Muslims for their historical scientific and intellectual contributions to civilization: It was Islam that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic…
Neville Teller January 13, 2019 dominant position of Russia and Iran in Syria, Erdogan against any autonomy of Syria's Kurds, Erdogan seeing the Kurds in Syri as threat, Kurd-occupied territory, Syria's civil conflict, Syrian Kurds, Syrian version of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan, Syria’s President Bashar al Assad, the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), the Kurdish Peshmergas, the military defeat of Islamic State (IS), Turkey-Syrian border, US troop disengagement from Syria, withdrawal of US special forces from Syria
One major factor behind President Trump’s decision to withdraw US special forces from Syria is the dominant position achieved by Russia, in alliance with Iran, in restoring the fortunes of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad. Another seems to have been a telephone discussion with Turkey’s President Erdogan just before Christmas 2018. The implications of this are worrying.
Before the 2011 revolution that deposed Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had undergone a few reform periods between 1991 and 2007 in an effort to reduce external debt and expand the role of the private sector. As a result of those reforms, Egypt was able to relax some price controls, tackle double-digit inflation, reduce subsidies and cut taxes.
James M. Dorsey January 5, 2019 European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) bloc, geopolitical ambitions of Saudi Arabia, increased importance of soft power, new Saudi moderation, no reform of Islam in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia concerned about its reputation, Saudi Arabia handing over control of the Grand Mosque in Brussels, Saudi Arabia involved in anti-Brexit effort in Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia promoting Salafi ultra-conservatism, Saudi embrace of the European right and Western ultra-conservative groups, Saudi foreign gents, Saudi religious establishment, Saudi ultra-conservative management, still no truly moderate form of Islam in Saudi Arabia, ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam
A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Traditionally focussed on ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam, Saudi funding in the era of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined and finetuned to ensure that it serves his geopolitical ambitions, primarily stymying the expansion of Iranian influence in the Middle East and North Africa and enhancing the kingdom’s global impact.
Neville Teller January 21, 2019 commercial agreements between European countries and Iranian regime, continued missile development, failure of the nuclear deal with Tehran, Iran's regional ambitions, Iran's terrorist operations in Europe, Iranian intellligence, Iranian regime posing a threat to global stability, Iranian terrorist activitiy in Europe, sanctions imposed on Iran, summit about Middle East in Poland 2019
Ever since then-US President Obama took office with his misconceived pro-Iran foreign policy, the Iranian regime has run rings around world opinion. The nuclear deal with Tehran, brokered by Obama in 2015, was promoted as a way of both resolving the long‑standing controversy over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and also encouraging the regime to join the so-called “comity of nations”.
Amina Kaabi November 16, 2018 desire to change patriarchal attitudes in the MENA region, gender equality in Arab majority states, legislative changes concerning gender equality, Patriarchy, Promundo, study exploring patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa, UN Women, understanding patriarchal attitudes, women’s equality and empowerment
A study shows that only a quarter of men in Arab majority societies support gender equality. The patriarchal nature of these societies comes as no surprise to most of us. Despite it being widely criticised, especially by those who have grown up in the region, there’s been little to no research done to prove its existence.
Introduction From the establishment of the Turkish State in 1923 by its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk until 1974, the Turkish government had opposed the rights and demands of its Kurdish population. In 2013 after almost four decades of conflict, a cease in hostilities was announced between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). However, the ceasefire between the two sides did not last. After the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s 2015-elections, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unilaterally announced the end of Turkey’s cease-fire with the PKK resuming the conflict between…
James M. Dorsey December 12, 2018 changing nature of a key US relationship in the Middle East, economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar, global shift in US priorities, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, Iran, Israeli-Palestinian dispute, Middle East’s crises, OPEC deal, Saud-Iranian rivalry, Saudi-UAE military intervention in Yemen, shared US-Saudi interests, suicide bombing in Chabahar, Trump, US Senate may censor Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, US-Saudi relations struggle, Yemeni peace talks
A series of Gulf and Middle East-related developments suggest that resolving some of the Middle East’s most debilitating and devastating crises while ensuring that efforts to pressure Iran do not perpetuate the mayhem may be easier said than done. They also suggest that the same is true for keeping US and Saudi interests aligned.