Middle East

20.09.2020

The Stages of Death for the White-West

The Stages of Death for the White-West

Everyone is trying to make sense of this current moment of almost total chaos. Some some call it anarchy, but that is not correct as we still have governance at many levels. This state of chaos can be seen in many situations and human activities: with the climate crisis, with… »

18.09.2020

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Viewpoint by Sara Tafakori* t has been called an Iranian #MeToo movement, and it is. Thousands of women in Iran – and some men – are going online to speak about the sexual assault and harassment they experienced. What is crucially important, at what promises to be a historic turning… »

17.09.2020

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. Reliable large-scale data on Iranians’ post-revolutionary religious beliefs, however, has always… »

10.09.2020

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack, on Wednesday, in Kabul, targeting the official convoy of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The Vice President survived the attack but dozens of civilian casualties – mostly bystanders – were reported in the blast, which took place in a crowded part… »

01.09.2020

Yuyo and the Hasidic – Peacebuilding Fund for Palestinians and Israelis

Yuyo and the Hasidic – Peacebuilding Fund for Palestinians and Israelis

By Jhon Sánchez In 2010, one block away from the L train in Brooklyn, I always found my favorite falafel place. The owner was a Palestinian man, nicknamed Yuyo. What I remember the most from Yuyo was his hands. They were so huge that one of them would cover a… »

17.08.2020

Lebanese president says no delay in Beirut blast investigations

Lebanese president says no delay in Beirut blast investigations

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that there is no delay in investigations into the explosions that rocked Beirut on August 4, the National News Agency reported. “We need time to find out the truth because there exist many assumptions and possibilities. We should be very accurate in considering… »

14.08.2020

Egypt: Survivors of sexual violence and online abuse among prosecuted women TikTok influencers

Egypt: Survivors of sexual violence and online abuse among prosecuted women TikTok influencers

The Egyptian authorities must immediately put an end to their crackdown on women TikTok influencers prosecuted on absurd charges of “indecency” and “violating family principles and values”, Amnesty International said today. Women who reported sexual assault, violations of their right to privacy and online abuse are among social media influencers… »

06.08.2020

Beirut blast death toll rises to 137; countries around the world offer aid

Beirut blast death toll rises to 137; countries around the world offer aid

The Lebanese cabinet announced on Wednesday a two-week-long state of emergency in Beirut. The death toll from the deadly blast at the capital’s port area Tuesday evening has climbed to 137, with around 5,000 people wounded and dozens others missing. Here is what we know so far:  The… »

06.08.2020

Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast

Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast

The United Nations is working closely with the authorities in Lebanon to support ongoing response in the aftermath of the massive deadly explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, destroying large swathes of the capital. More than 130 people were killed in the blast, which ripped through the port and surrounding… »

05.08.2020

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

It happened all at once, without any coordination. Suddenly, all 150 protesters were on the street — lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queers, and their allies. All proudly Palestinian, marching from Haifa’s German Colony to the Baha’i Gardens. “A queer cry for freedom,” they chanted. Courageous and beautiful, the demonstration, which… »

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