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Reaction to the U.S. National Defense Authorization Bill, Section 1223, on Iraqi Armed Groups

United States suspicious help to the Kurds

BY Ruba Ali Al-Hassani Recently, Iraqis on social media have been buzzing with contempt for the U.S. National Defense Authorization Bill which, in Section 1223, calls for the recognition of Sunni and Kurdish militias as “a country” for direct armament and assistance. Does that sound worrisome? It surely does. I couldn’t help but look for the draft bill to find out ... Read More »

Human Rights Advocacy, Sectarianism, and Other Biases

Human Rights Watch, unfair reporting, Fact manipulation, Sectarianism, Orientalism, Anti-Orientalist

By Ruba Ali Al-Hassani I started this blog a few days ago, and have been debating on the subject of my first blog post. With so many ideas floating in my restless mind, it took me a while to think this through. My mind strays to other topics, but ends up circling around the subject of media and academic bias ... Read More »

Hezbollah-Israel: Deterrence Re-established

Israel, Hezbollah, Syria, Lebanon,

Deterrence is the name of the game between Hezbollah and Israel nowadays. Limited retaliations between the two archenemies are setting new rules of the conflict. After Israel targeted a Hezbollah convoy last week in Syria, Hezbollah retaliated today in a similar manner targeting a military convoy in the contested territories of the Shebaa farms. The fallout was expected. Hezbollah does ... Read More »

Turkey, sectarianism, and the “Arab Spring”

Turkey, Sectarianism, Arab Spring, Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, ISIS. Islamic State, IS, United States, Gulf Countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood, Iraq, Democracy, Ottoman Empire, Neo-Ottoman, AKP

Article originally published in print and online by Crescent International. Link can be found here.    Turkish President Recept Tayip Erdogan is resorting to increasing sectarian rhetoric to keep challengers at bay. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 brought about a radical change in Middle East politics. Previously, the political landscape was constructed primarily around the Arab/Israeli conflict. As many ... Read More »

Thank God for Democracy!

Orientalism, Racism, voting, ballots, front national, UKIP

Democracy. What a wonderful word. If you live somewhere where your parliament is elected and you take voting for granted, light a candle and count your blessings. We live in very interesting times where democracy is flourishing all around the globe. The people in developing countries have finally figured out the importance of voting and are now spilling blood to ... Read More »

Every country has a Bouazizi

Orientalism, anti-orientalist, Tony Benn, social injustice, arab spring, women's rights

The plaque below is in memory of an activist who fought for women’s right to vote in Britain circa 1910. Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the King’s horse to draw attention to her cause. Circa 2011,  Mouhamad Bouazizi burned himself outside a police station in Tunisia to protest economic injustice and corruption.  Two people, two eras, same struggles against social ... Read More »

Egypt, a change on hold

Sectarianism-Arab Spring- Egypr- Anti-Orientalist

Fourteen months after the Egyptian revolution, uncertainty reigns. Walking in Cairo’s streets, I can sense the fear of what tomorrow might bring; but then, a strange feeling settles in. A vibe of energy engulfs the air; I feel its ripples, but struggle to find its source… Passing a group of students talk about politics in the University of Cairo’s main ... Read More »

Insight on sectarianism in post-2005 Lebanon

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Sectarianism is inbuilt into the confessional nature of the political system in Lebanon but recent developments have given it a new twist.  Over the years, the terms sectarianism and Lebanon have become virtually synonymous. The confessional nature of the political system in the country distributes public offices and national resources according to sectarian quotas. This has made the system susceptible ... Read More »