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Giulio Regeni is the tip of Egypt’s police brutality iceberg

May 2016 – Many Egyptians find the allegation that the Italian student was killed by Egypt’s notorious security apparatus chillingly plausible. Italy must shed its former enthusiasm for the Sisi regime.

The frontpage of the normally pro-regime al-Musawer protests the storming of the journalists syndicate and the media crackdown in Egypt.

The frontpage of the normally pro-regime al-Musawer protests the storming of the journalists syndicate and the media crackdown in Egypt.

The Arab media paradox: Free expression amid repression

May 2016 – Frustratingly for Arab dictators and despots, no matter how much they try to silence, intimidate or co-opt the media, new loud and critical voices emerge.

This is not a refugee hotspot. Photo: ©Jure Erzen/Delo

This is not a refugee hotspot. Photo: ©Jure Erzen/Delo

This is not a refugee “hotspot”. It’s a prison!

May 2016 – Following the EU-Turkey deal, refugees in Greece are being held in so-called “hotspots”, which are actually prisons, and many are now on hunger strike.

Millet in the Middle East: Disunity in diversity

May 2016 – The Middle Eastern practice of assigning a faith to every citizen and a separate court system for each religion promotes division and sectarianism.

Photo: © Jure Eržen/DELO

Photo: © Jure Eržen/DELO

War crimes v thought crimes

April 2016 – While war criminals walk free, Florence Hartmann landed in solitary confinement for her insider leaks on the politicisation of the Yugoslav tribunal.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 02.07.09Discovering Sushi Islam

April 2016 – By following two young girls on their voyage of discovery of Sunni and Shia Islam, a new documentary highlights the insanity of Islamic sectarianism.

100leEgypt’s dollar woes

April 2016 – Hopes are that devaluation will resolve Egypt’s dollar crisis, but the situation could spin out of control without a global currency for international trade.

Bombing ISIS in Syria will not tackle extremism in Brussels

April 2016 – Rather than airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS), Belgium should strike at the root causes of homegrown extremism.

An Israeli magazine from 2104 has a cover story on Umm Kulthoum, with the headline "Enta Omri".

An Israeli magazine from 2104 has a cover story on Umm Kulthoum, with the headline “Enta Omri”.

Podcast: The Israeli passion for Arabic music

March 2016 – Mizrahi Jews are reviving the Arabic music of their heritage and fusing it with new influences, which is proving popular with young Palestinians.

"Lovejacker" Seif Eldin Mustafa poses for a surreal snap with one of the passengers.

“Lovejacker” Seif Eldin Mustafa poses for a surreal snap with one of the passengers.

One man’s terrorist is another woman’s lover

March 2016 – The surreal “lovejacking” of an EgyptAir flight adds a new dimension to the western image of the Arab man: the hopeless romantic and dedicated lover.

Birth behind bars

March 2016 – A new Palestinian film fictionalises the plight of female Palestinian prisoners of conscience in Israel: from hunger-striking to child birth.

Brussels attacks: A stark new reality

March 2016 – In Brussels, people are resigned to a stark new reality of uncertainty and insecurity until a way is found to channel destructive energy positively.

The myth of the European jihadist hordes

March 2016 – The terrorist attacks in Brussels will reinforce the idea that returning jihadists pose an existential threat to Europe. But the facts say otherwise.

The ‘Brexit’ handicap

March 2016 – Leaving the EU could be catastrophic for disabled Britons, yet little attention has been given to their needs or their voices.

donald-trump-bibleOf crusaders and jihadists

March 2016 – Despite Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s aversion to Islam, their own beloved Bible contains troubling “Christian values” of war, misogyny and homophobia.

"You are different!"

“You are different!”

You are different

March 2016 – “You are different” is a simple sentence with confusing connotations. What does that even mean? What sort of different?

The Chronikler hits 10,000 subscriber mark

March 2016 – The Chronikler is now 10,000 subscribers-strong. Thank you to everyone who reads it. Here is a selection of articles since 2009

Mohamed Rahmo and his blinded son, Mustafa, on their way back to Syria. Photo: © Elio Germani

Mohamed Rahmo and his blinded son, Mustafa, on their way back to Syria.
Photo: © Elio Germani

Syria: Return to a dying land

March 2016 – As Europe turns its back on refugees, Syrians who can’t afford the “luxury” of fleeing are making the perilous journey back to their ruined homeland.

Boutros-Ghali stands before a shed containing the remains of scores of dead killed during a massacre at Nyarubuye Church, in south-eastern Rwanda. Photo: UN

Boutros-Ghali stands before a shed containing the remains of scores of dead killed during a massacre at Nyarubuye Church, in south-eastern Rwanda.
Photo: UN

Make diplomacy, not war

March 2016 – The world is paying the price for Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s foiled attempts to reform the United Nations into an effective force to resolve conflicts.

The famous satirical cartoonist, the late Mostafa Hussein, lost his sense of humour to implore Sisi to run for the presidency in October 2013.

The famous satirical cartoonist, the late Mostafa Hussein, lost his sense of humour to implore Sisi to run for the presidency in October 2013.

Podcast: Egypt’s cartoon villains and heroes

February 2016 – The battle between Egyptian revolutionary and counterrevolutionary forces is being played out in caricature.

Mubarak_SadatThe Mubarak enigma

February 2016 – The removal of Hosni Mubarak was likely the proudest moment in Egypt’s recent history, yet, five years on, some Egyptians miss the deposed dictator.

Egypt’s other Tahrirs

February 2016 – Tahrir may have been pacified for now, but the revolution is still playing out in Egypt’s economic and social squares.

These conscientious and courageous lifeguards take time off work to volunteer to save lives. Photo: ©Elio Germani

These conscientious and courageous lifeguards take time off work to volunteer to save lives.
Photo: ©Elio Germani

Lesbos: “No matter how hard you swim, you can never save all of them.”

January 2016 – Despite the massive efforts of volunteer lifeguards, refugees are losing their lives in the Mediterranean. Europe must act… and out of compassion.