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UN Security Council Fails for Fourth Time

Due to the veto of a permanent member, the Security Council on Friday failed for the fourth time in three weeks to renew the mandate of the investigative body formed to determine the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The draft resolution, tabled by Japan, was rejected by a vote of 12 in favour and 2 against (Bolivia, Russian Federation), More...

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By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Newest Citizen

Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative countries in the world, is not generally known for granting citizenship to foreigners, except by the whim of the royal family. Apparently, it is easier, even for a female, More...

By Sara El-Zelit On Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Egypt: End two year arbitrary detention of Human Rights defender

On 21 October the journalist and human rights defender, Hisham Gaafar,  completed two years in arbitrary pre-trial detention. He was being held in inhumane conditions and prolonged solitary confinement causing More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, October 9th, 2017

Mapping the Middle East

Since the earth as we know it today is a globe, the directions of east and west are contextual. Yet the maps that direct our way of thinking about global directions still resonate with the idea that there is a More...

By Elisa Grusell On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Saudi Arabia: Right to drive is a long overdue step forward for women

Responding to the Saudi Arabian government’s announcement that women will be allowed to drive, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, More...

By Sara El-Zelit On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Woman arrested at Heathrow Airport

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested a 22-year-old woman at Heathrow airport, from an inbound flight from Turkey, at approximately 22:20hrs on Tuesday 19 September. The woman was arrested More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Of Cholera, Cluster Bombs and Summer Vacation

There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are some pictures that go beyond anything one can say. Before reading this commentary, look at the photographs that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Arabic Sign Language

While living in Doha, I was fascinated by the amount of transliteration of store names in to Arabic. I realize that store names are often trademarks and thus tend to be sounded out in Arabic letters rather than More...

By Elisa Grusell On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Etiquette in the Middle East

Many matters of etiquette in the Middle East are connected to Islam as it is written in the Qur’an and how it has been traditionally understood and practiced throughout the centuries. Prescribed Islamic etiquette is More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, May 14th, 2017

A Good Offense?

Yemen is now in the third year of a bombing campaign and mercenary-fueled ground war that has created one of the most pressing humanitarian crises in the world. The bombing started in March, 2015, when Saudi Arabia More...