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Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

A civil way out of the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire

November 2014 – How do you end the Israeli occupation without ending the occupation? Through a struggle for equal civil rights for Jews and Arabs.

Intimate enemies, future friends

November 2014 – As I cycle amid the growing cycle of violence, I believe peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians is plausible and possible.

Photo: ©Christian Nielsen.

Photo: ©Christian Nielsen.

Romania’s myths, legends, warts and charms

November 2014 – Romania defies many of the unflattering stereotypes associated with the country. To me, it shone because it doesn’t profess to be a shining light.

Intimate Enemies: Latest news

The latest on Intimate Enemies, Khaled Diab’s book of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples, which explores the human lives behind the headline conflict.

Lost in confrontation in the Holy Land

November 2014 – As tensions mount, it’s hard to believe that Israelis and Palestinians share a lot in common – even the dreams of their great writers.

Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy

Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy

Sexual harassment and the medina

November 2014 – In Egypt, sexual harassment is a largely urban phenomenon fuelled by a sense of male powerlessness, insecurity and unrealistic gender ideals.

Political baggage and state insecurity at Ben Gurion airport

Six has been my unlucky number ever since the first time I visited Israel in 2007.

Six has been my unlucky number ever since the first time I visited Israel in 2007.

November 2014 – Ethnic profiling at Israel’s airport are not about state security but the insecurity of the state, and are an infringement of fundamental rights.

The ISIS disease in Mosul

October 2014 – For those who have refused to flee the Islamic State (ISIS), formerly close-knit Mosul has become a dangerous city robbed of its diversity and dignity.

The death throes of Arab thuggery

October 2014 – Arab civilisation has not collapsed but the thuggish political, economic and religious mafias dominating the region are dying violently.

A rebel without a pause

October 2014 – Khaled Diab, The Chronikler’s founder, is the 2014 Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist of the Year in the press category.

The Syrian Kurd who went blind because he’d seen too much

A Kurdish boy in a mosque in Suruc. Photo: ©Boštjan Videmšek

A Kurdish boy in a mosque in Suruc. Photo: ©Boštjan Videmšek

October 2014 – From the man literally blinded by horrors to the girl whose dream is to read books,  we meet the Syrian Kurds fleeing the ISIS onslaught on Kobani.

The social media’s Islamic state of terror

Prompted by social media, pro

Prompted by social media, pro

September 2014 – ISIS has skillfully manipulated social media as a powerful propaganda tool.  Should the online community self-censor to deprive it of free publicity?

Save the Nile Delta, President al-Sisi

Save the Nile Delta. Image: NASA

Save the Nile Delta. Image: NASA

September 2014 – Egypt would be much better off saving the sinking ship of the Nile Delta instead of building a white elephant Suez Canal II.

The dangers of a political crusade against Western jihadists

British aid worker Peter Haine is the latest Westerner to be executed by ISIS.

British aid worker Peter Haine is the latest Westerner to be executed by ISIS.

September 2014 – Inflammatory rhetoric and a solely punitive approach to Western jihadists is only likely to make matters worst, and could threaten multiculturalism.

Don’t, don’t, don’t!

September 2014 – Don’t verbalise! Don’t try to be clever! Don’t try to organise me! Don’t sort things out! Don’t stop fights!

Israel and Egypt’s insane alliance against Gaza

Photo: UNRWA

Photo: UNRWA

August 2014 – Despite Egypt’s mediating role, it is no impartial broker on Gaza. It shares Israel’s view that Hamas can be crushed and suffocated into submission.

The missing link: Re-connecting Gaza with the West Bank

It is hard to believe today but Gaza was once a magnet for Palestinians from the West Bank, as well as Israelis.

It is hard to believe today but Gaza was once a magnet for Palestinians from the West Bank, as well as Israelis.

July 2014 – Gaza and the West Bank are effectively on different planets. Connecting them must be part of any lasting solution and would make a world of difference.

Palestinian resistance: The gun or the olive branch?

Gaza Day poster from 1969.  Source: http://www.palestineposterproject.org/poster/gaza-day

Gaza Day poster from 1969.
Source: http://www.palestineposterproject.org/poster/gaza-day

July 2014 – The death and destruction inflicted by Israel’s assault on Gaza point to the futility of Palestinian armed resistance. Peaceful resistance is the way.

Marching for Gaza and towards the third intifada

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

July 2014 – Does the largest Palestinian protest in  recent memory, along with weeks of unrest, indicate that the long-expected next intifada is here?

Arab leaders as human shields in Gaza

July 2014 – In order bring a halt to the multiplying human tragedy in Gaza, the Arab League should convene an emergency summit there.

The caliphate illusion: “restoring” what never was

AbuBakrBagdadiJuly 2014 – The tyranny of Arab secular dictators and destructive Western hegemony combined to enable ISIS to “restore” a brutal caliphate which never existed.

Blood is thicker than war

Angry residents of Shuafat in East Jerusalem clash with Israeli police.  Photo: ©Ibrahin Husseini

Angry residents of Shuafat in East Jerusalem clash with Israeli police.
Photo: ©Ibrahin Husseini

July 2014 – The horrific murders of Israeli and Palestinian teens should drive home how violence is futile and burdens coming generations with future bloodshed.

Promised lands and chosen peoples

The Garden of Eden by Jan Brueghel.

The Garden of Eden by Jan Brueghel.

July 2014 – Protestants are the chosen people and Western Europe and America their Promised Lands, according to Israelism and Christian Zionism.

Egypt’s accidental democracy?

Image: al-Sisi's official Facebook page.

Image: al-Sisi’s official Facebook page.

June 2014 – Bad as things are now, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, despite his dictatorial tendencies, may unwittingly preside over Egypt’s transition to democracy.

An ode to Google doodles

British-Museum-Google-DoodleJune 2014 – Google doodles must be the most fleeting yet highly visited exhibition on the planet honouring both the famous and the quirky.