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 December 9, 2018 collapse of Hariri’s Future Movement (FM), formation of a new government in Lebanon, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hezbollah military forces in Syria, Iran extending its power base into Lebanon, Iran gaining power over Lebanon's military power, Iran manufactering missilies and weapons in Lebanon, Iran-backed Hezbollah, murder of Rafik Hariri, parliamentary elections in Lebanon, political parties in Lebanon, prime minister Saad Hariri, Sunni political groups in Lebanon
As if the discovery of sophisticated Hezbollah tunnels penetrating into Israel and violating the UN truce terms was not enough of an embarrassment to the Lebanese government, the political situation is deadlocked as well. Hezbollah is also at the centre of that débacle.
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 October 21, 2018 evidence for Khashoggi's death in the consulate, journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed in Istanbul, MBS, Prince Mohammed reorganizing Saudi intelligence, Prince Mohammed’s domestic status, Prince Mohammed’s international reputation damaged, sanctions against Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia more aggressive and adventuristic, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi's geopolitical position, Saudi's worldwide image and relations, tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Khashoggi crisis, Trump's Middle East strategy, US and Saudi Arabia
A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Embattled Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could prove to be not only a cat with nine lives but also one that makes even stranger jumps.
Neville Teller November 20, 2018 civil unrest in Iran in 2018, deep state of Iran, dissatisfaction with the Iranian regime, fundamentalist Islamism, Hassan Rouhani, Iran's nuclear programme, IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps), Islamic revolution, lifting of international sanctions against Iran, nuclear deal, progress in Iran?, reformist camp in Iran, Resistance economy, resistance in Syria, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
The dynamics of the Iranian state make for an intriguing case study. Informed observers maintain that two strong internal forces are pursuing irreconcilable political objectives. On the one hand there is the reformist camp, concerned about the people’s welfare and willing to engage with the outside world. On the other, there is the “deep state”, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supported by the powerful IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps), dedicated to upholding and strengthening the Islamic Revolution. It is the deep state that has complete dominance over the country’s political affairs, and can exercise its will in defiance…
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.