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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.

مواجهة الفساد والعدالة الانتقالية

ابريل 2014 - يجب تطوير تصور العدالة الاانتقالية ليشمل الجرائم الاقتصادية لان فساد نظام مبارك لا ينفصل عن ممارسات أخرى كانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان وتزوير إرادة الناخبين.

Gaza’s forsaken and forgotten people

April 2014 - Gaza’s humanitarian disaster and the rising tensions there are forgotten by the world. Principle and pragmatism demand an end to the blockade.

الرجل العربي الجديد

Sexual harass protestابريل 2014 - لوحظ في الأونة الأخيرة تزايد الرجال المناصرة لحقوق الرأة عربياً، مقدمين مثالاُ رائعاً في تحدي المعنى التقليدي للرجولة الشرقية:

The new Arab man: The Middle East’s male awakening

April 2014 - In the first of a Chronikler series on the new Arab man, we meet men who champion women’s rights and challenge traditional ideals of masculinity.

The Arab world’s rebels without a god

Atheists are carving out a space in the Arab world's narrowly defined religious landscape. Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Atheists are carving out a space in the Arab world’s narrowly defined religious landscape. Photo: ©Khaled Diab

March 2014 - In Egypt and other Arab countries, the atheism taboo has been broken. Atheists are rebelling against the status quo and demanding to be seen and heard.

The antidote to Egypt’s sexual harassment epidemic

The cure for Egypt’s sexual harassment crisis is to liberate society from outdated and toxic gender ideals and to rethink notions of “honour”.

Sexual harassment: Undressing naked prejudice

March 2014 - To those who believe the way a woman dresses invites harassment, hear this: she is not to blame – her harassers are.

Gunship diplomacy, rockets and Gaza’s forgotten tragedy

Image courtesy of UNRWA

Image courtesy of UNRWA

March 2014 - The other tragedies make it is easy to forget Gaza. But with a humanitarian crisis and rising tensions, it’s time to end the Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

Al-Aqsa/Temple Mount: Ground zero or common ground?

Worshippers during Ramadan congregate by the exquisite beauty of the golden Dome of the Rock. ©Khaled Diab

Worshippers during Ramadan congregate by the exquisite beauty of the golden Dome of the Rock. ©Khaled Diab

March 2014 - Jerusalem’s holiest site is again provoking tension and controversy. But could it also bridge the chasm between Israelis and Palestinians?

Sun, sand and tax “holidays”

Courtesy of caymanislands.ky

Courtesy of caymanislands.ky

March 2014 - In just a single decade, Egypt has lost more than $20 billion in trade mispricing alone, not to mention other forms of tax evasion.

Palestinian history ✝ – Christians are Arab too

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

March 2014 - Despite what some in the Knesset think, Christians in Israel are Arabs too and have been prominent in Palestinian politics, society and culture.

Reimagining Palestine: Inserting the human dimension

East Jerusalem provides the backdrop for a comedy drama about a Palestinian family. Source: NossBalad

East Jerusalem provides the backdrop for a comedy drama about a Palestinian family. Source: NossBalad

March 2014 - The outside world primarily see Palestinians as two-dimensional heroes or villains. A new generation of artists and writers is adding a vital third dimension, the human.

Spain, return and the other 1492

Granada was the last Muslim stronghold to fall to the Reconquista. Image: Bernjan

Granada was the last Muslim stronghold to fall to the Reconquista. Image: Bernjan

February 2014 - Spain’s recognition of the Jews it expelled ignores another historical crime: the Muslims forced out of Andalusia.

Egypt’s return of the “noble” outlaws

February 2014 - Three years after a revolution against Mubarak-era cronyism, fugitive tycoons are scrambling to buy back their freedom… at knock-down prices.

Can the boycott against Israel succeed… and how?

ScarJoFebruary 2014 - The furore surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream endorsement raises the question to what extent BDS can help end the occupation… and how.

From peace now to peace how

January 2014 - As John Kerry’s efforts appear doomed, Palestinian and Israeli peace activists are left with an impossible challenge: peace how? Ask the people.

The square root of the Egyptian revolution

January 2014 - The Egyptian revolution is fatally wounded but it is far too soon to sound the death knells. The dreams it unleashed are impossiblee to contain.

Can Egypt start a new chapter of Middle Eastern history?

January 2014 - The new constitution says Egypt is a “gift” that will “write a new history for humanity”. Should neighbours welcome or fear greater Egyptian influence?

My enemy’s friend is… my ally

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

Photo: ©Khaled Diab

January 2014 - In Egypt, both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood accuse each other of being American stooges while discreetly courting Washington.

The Arabs, apartheid South Africa and Israel

Nelson Mandela with troops from the Algerian Liberation Army. Photo: www.sahistory.org.za

Nelson Mandela with troops from the Algerian Liberation Army. Photo: www.sahistory.org.za

December 2013 - Reactions to apartheid South Africa differed across the Arab world and were coloured both by anti-colonial solidarity and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The trials and tribulations of a Palestinian Mandela

Partners in peace: Mandela and de Klerk shake hands. Photo: World Economic Forum

Partners in peace: Mandela and de Klerk shake hands. Photo: World Economic Forum

December 2013 - Although I wish there were a Palestinian Nelson, I suspect that Israel-Palestine is not ready for someone like him… not yet, at least.

A peace of the people, by the people, for the people

Photo: US Department of State

Photo: US Department of State

December 2013 - Palestinians and Israelis don’t need more US diplomacy but a people’s peace process… and this requires mutual understanding and humanisation.

Israel-Palestine: a book of the people

People: the forgotten link. Photo: ©Khaled Diab

People: the forgotten link. Photo: ©Khaled Diab

November 2013 - In Israel-Palestine, a peace without the people has left two peoples without peace. That’s why I’m writing a book about these most intimate of enemies.

 

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