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The folly of the Arab world’s nuclear energy dream

June 2016 – Investing in nuclear energy makes no economic, geostrategic or environmental sense in the Arab world. Renewables will provide the only sunny future.

Image design: Khaled Diab

Image design: Khaled Diab

Lieberman, Netanyahu and Dr Strangelove

June 2016 – The appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as Israel’s defence minister is like the plot of a nihlistic black comedy.

Photo: UNICEF Egypt.

Photo: UNICEF Egypt.

Egypt’s economic paradox: Income equality v wealth inequality

June 2016 – Despite having one of the world’s highest levels of income equality, Egypt’s wealth gap is growing to become one of the widest. What is behind this paradox?

Time magazine cover, 29 March 1963. http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19630329,00.html

Time magazine cover, 29 March 1963.

Egypt’s pharaoh illusion

June 2016 – The idea that Egyptians are docile sheeple who need a pharaoh to shepherd them is a myth that dates back to the not-so-ancient times of the Nasser era.

Eutopian nightmares

June 2016 – By raising the drawbridge in the face of desperate refugees and succumbing to bigotry and hatred, the EU’s utopian ideals are being abandoned for a dystopian reality.

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.