The "geniuses" with whom I sit in the neighborhood café every morning have innovative explanations and solutions for the difficulties, crises, problems, epidemics, and disasters that are emerging, inside and abroad, starting from Corona vaccines, through economic hardship to the ship stuck in the Suez Canal.
Hakim Marzouki When beards come to your thoughts, you would wonder if they are blessings or curses. They grow on the faces of men and change their minds and souls, either positively or negatively. Beards might be groomed or bushy, black or blonde. However, they come as a declaration of thought or way of life […]
The 2016 Human Rights Watch (HRW) country report for Syria documents the escalating use of violence in the war-torn country. Five years after the start of a conflict that involves numerous state and non-state actors, violations of human rights and international war treaties and protocols have become a daily occurrence. However, Syria’s appalling human rights record goes back decades.
What is the state of security today in Morocco? An initial answer would be that the country is still vulnerable for a number of reasons. According to recent reports, Moroccan jihadists are continuing to join IS in Libya and are increasing communication and coordination with sympathizers back home.
A staunch defender of women’s rights, Mounib is a symbol and a champion of women’s emancipation in Morocco. By becoming the first Moroccan woman to lead a political party, Mounib is an icon for young people of both sexes.
A military coup attempt in Turkey on Friday 15 July failed, but the future of the country’s democracy, and survival as a nation state, is bleak. The prospect for the Turkish Republic, although it escaped a military takeover, does not look bright.
Due to the loss of consensus since 2011, the Tunisian party Ennahda set up a new political strategy. Ennahda's electoral campaign in 2011 was largely about identity and the importance of Islamic values in society. Most of those who voted for the party in October of that year did so because of its perceived integrity and correctness, considered the highest level of Islamic devotion.
The rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Israel became public at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington in June 2015, revealing that the two countries held secret meetings to discuss shared goals and the regional ascendence of Iran.
Mahjoubi Aherdane, a controversial but generally liked figure, is not one man but four: politician, poet-writer, artist-painter and the oldest living icon of Morocco’s Amazigh ethnic group. Aherdane embarked on a military career to “go beyond the tribe, go higher with feet rooted in my culture”, as he put it. He is the symbol of Amazigh culture par excellence, he embodies authenticity in all its dimensions: his clothing, his gestures, his words and his way of life.
On 24 May 2014, the term of the then Lebanese President Michel Suleiman came to an end without the parliament electing a new president in his place, resulting in a vacuum after the president’s departure from Baabda Presidential Palace. Observers of Lebanese politics believe that the crisis will reach a pinnacle sooner or later, particularly because it coincides with Arab pressures on Lebanon.
The Syrian government’s optimistic narrative contradicts sharply with several negative indicators suggesting that the economy is worsening, and that it will not recover from the current crisis easily and any time soon. The war has robbed the country of its territorial integrity and economic unity, as the Syrian territory has been divided into smaller entities controlled by the various warring parties. Despite the economic decline in recent years, the Syrian economy has avoided total collapse.