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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.

Fiction: Football

June 2014 - I ask if he is making friends… She tells me he has black skin, lifting her arm to show me in case I don’t comprehend the significance.

A successful caliphate in six simple steps

Painting by Yahyâ ibn Mahmûd al-Wâsitî Image source: Yorck Project

Painting by Yahyâ ibn Mahmûd al-Wâsitî
Image source: Yorck Project

June 2014 - ISIS really doesn’t get what restoring the caliphate means. Here’s how in six simple steps, from Caliphornian wine to cultural melting pots.

Bush, Blair en de blitzkrieg in Irak

Juni 2014 - Gezien de verreikende gevolgen van de Amerikaanse invasie van Irak, laten we het idee om Bush en Blair voor het gerecht te brengen nieuw leven inblazen.

Criminally reckless in Iraq

Iraq_Tikrit_2942924bJune 2014 - The US invasion and occupation caused Iraq to implode into anarchy and then explode into civil war. For that reason, its architects must be prosecuted.

Send Qatar off and bring on Tunisia for 2022 World Cup

Jubliant Qataris celebrate news of 2022 win. Image: Qatar 2022 official site

Jubliant Qataris celebrate news of 2022 win. Image: Qatar 2022 official site

June 2014 - If Qatar gets a red card for the 2022 World Cup, Arabs should enter a joint bid to host it in Tunisia, regional role model for revolution and reform.

The power of Palestinian literature to write wrongs

PalfestJune 2014 - The power of Palestinian literature lies in its ability to make a word of difference, gradually shifting perceptions and, through them, reality.

لماذا لا يدان الفساد في مصر؟

يونيو 2014 - قصص من أروقة العدالة المصرية تشرح لنا كيف يمنح القانون المصري الحصانة للفاسدين.

Beyond the rank and file of university education

Harvard and other Ivy League universities dominate global ranings. But is this a sign of Anglophone bias? Photo: Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University

May 2014 - With students caught between a book and a hard place in these austere times, they are resorting to new ranking tools to help decide where to study.

De lijm die België bijeenhoudt

banner_brazilMei 2014 - De nationale voetbalgekte verbergt de realiteit dat België al twee staten is. Ik gebruik mijn stem als lijm die kan helpen om België samen te houden.

Glueing Belgium back together one vote at a time

May 2014 - With Belgium little more than a hollow shell, I’ll be using my vote as a squirt of glue to help hold the collapsing country together.

The box

May 2014 - Andrew knew the first time he opened the box that it would lead to no good. But he did it anyway. He couldn’t help it.

Egypt’s next president is a… Jew?!

A new video claims that Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's mother is Jewish. Photo: Sisi campaign's Facebook page.

A new video claims that Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s mother is Jewish. Photo: Sisi campaign’s Facebook page.

May 2014 - What do conspiracy theories that the mother of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is a Jew say about the Muslim Brotherhood sympathisers propagating them?

Syria and the scent of nostalgia

Oh my sweet landMay 2014 - In Oh My Sweet Land, the kitchen acts as the stage where events in Syria are played out, people’s fates are sealed and political plots are cooked up.

From the Chronikles – 2048: A peace odyssey

May 2048 - A century after war broke out, jubilant Israeli and Palestinian crowds celebrate each other’s independence as they march hand-in-hand into the future.

Hongarije, de Viktator en ik

Photo: ©András Bruck

Photo: ©András Bruck

April 2014 - Waarom maak ik mij zorgen? Hongarije wordt nu een land van rechts-extremisme verpakt in een hip jasje. Ik zie mijn vaderland voor mijn ogen afbrokkelen.