Nadia Murad (AFP File Photo)
October 09, 2018 - 10:59 GMT
Yazidi Nadia Murad together with Denis Mukwege have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for their work in fighting sexual violence. This essay first focuses on Murad as a once 'sexual slave' captured by ISIS in northern Iraq, managed to escape and later became an activist against sexual violence. Murad's story is also contextualized within the sexual violence against women in the Middle East and the world.
 local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra, in Iraq /AFP
October 08, 2018 - 10:39 GMT
Al-Shakarchi: What are your opinions on the shutting down of the consulate in Basrah last week and what were the specific threats that led to the closing?
The US has had a policy of imposing sanctions against Iran for the past 40 years with little concern over the human cost involved. /Veena Ali-Khan, Al Bawaba
September 30, 2018 - 12:54 GMT
The US has had a policy of imposing sanctions against Iran for the past 40 years with little concern over the human cost involved. Having spent considerable time in Iran, I can confidently claim that Trump’s punishing use of sanctions have only strengthened Tehran’s most reactionary forces while weakened support amongst the Iranian civil society as such sanctions hurt Iranians more than their leaders. Ordinary people are hit massively via shortages of daily essentials as Iran is cut form the International financial system.
Obama’s appalling decision seems to be one of his few policies that the Trump administration is - surprisingly - happy to carry on with. /AFP
September 25, 2018 - 10:26 GMT
Leaks have shown that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen after he was told withdrawing that support risked arms and commercial sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This is the latest example of states backing down to Saudi will, now that Mohammed Bin Salman has made clear he will attack any party who expresses disagreement. Meanwhile, Yemenis continue to die, and no one will stand up to Riyadh.
Sex work is a controversial topic in Jordanian society. /Shutterstock
September 19, 2018 - 12:18 GMT
Sex work in Jordan is a controversial topic. But what is assumed to be prostitution often turns out to be much more complicated. Sometimes what looks like prostitution involves a lot less sex than people assume. And sometimes, vulnerable people get trapped in horrific cycles of sexual abuse. Jordanian law needs to be able to see the differences, and to provide safety rather than punishment for those who have been exploited.
Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas in Cairo, Egypt, on January 6, 2016. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP
September 09, 2018 - 11:19 GMT
The ongoing persecution of Coptic Christians comes under the spotlight. Who are they and where they come from are also highlighted with their prominence in Egyptian society as well as their persecution. The article also offers background and solutions by a Muslim scholar and an Imam.
(Rami Khoury/Al Bawaba via AFP/FILE)
August 29, 2018 - 11:37 GMT
Ozy's specialty is writing glossy, in-flight magazine style profiles of ethno-nationalists and Islamophobes.
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August 22, 2018 - 07:49 GMT
Libya's southern area of Fezzan is suffering from an influx of foreign fighters that are gradually taking over the country's tribes.
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August 20, 2018 - 10:39 GMT
The Democratic Primaries to select the party’s candidates for the US mid-term elections in November are well underway. But the divides that the last primary tore in the party are still very much there, left over from the 2016 battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Presidential candidate.
(Rami Khoury/Al Bawaba via AFP/FILE)
August 01, 2018 - 14:33 GMT
Say what you will about Bannon, but his dangerous vision for Europe is gaining traction too much traction to be dismissed.
Trump and Putin hold historic summit in Helsinki (AFP Photo/Mikhail KLIMENTYEV)
July 18, 2018 - 15:33 GMT
U.S. President’s Donald Trump is an enigmatic man. He is an abrasive man. His last tour to Europe and then Helsinki speaks a bundle about his character, about how he handled his friends and foes. Which is which nobody knows anymore.
July 03, 2018 - 11:45 GMT
A common narrative taken when referring to women joining ISIS centres on their description as ‘Jihadi Brides’, an inherently sexist term that discredits the underlying political motivations that drive women to join such extremist groups. Coverage of women’s participation in ISIS is almost always entwined with misogynistic ideologies that their radicalisation is purely for the aspiration of becoming a sex slave.
Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on the road leading to the southwestern port city of Mokha on January 26, 2017. Saleh Al Obeidi (AFP)
July 02, 2018 - 11:04 GMT
It is without doubt that Yemen today can be seen as spectacularly and uniquely unhappy, its misery far exceeding that of the Oblonsky family Tolstoy had in mind with the unhappiness referenced in that first line of his opus of a tragic novel.
After fleeing to Syria with his family, Omar attempted to return to Iraq alone. /Jason Ruffin
June 25, 2018 - 13:56 GMT
Omar, an Iraqi refugee, quietly stands up during our interview and walks to the opposite side of the room, he flips a switch, and immediately the 20 or so tiny birds in the apiary behind his couch fall silent mid-song. Only a few close to the window joining the caged room to our still lit interview let out the occasional plea.
Mecca Summit, Riyadh, June 10th 2018 /AFP
June 18, 2018 - 13:27 GMT
Kuwait is not normally inclined to take front and centre on the stage of international relations. But as tension over the future of Israel-Palestine ratchets up, and the American-led “new deal” is soon to be unveiled, it has been left with little choice. And as a result, it has found itself going up against its closest allies - America, which sponsored Kuwait’s post-Gulf War recovery, and its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
June 14, 2018 - 12:42 GMT
Trump and Kim’s one-on-one meeting was coated in secrecy with hints dropped to the press corps in a teasing manner, but in Trump’s longest press conference to date the most substantive change was announced: the U.S. would stop joint military drills or “war games” with South Korea.