Back Middle East

Middle East

Egyptian children - so young yet locked-up as 'terrorists'

PrisonersVery young children have been put in prison in Egypt; their rights granted by international conventions have been lost since the coup last year. You can see the marks of torture on their bodies, while the mental scars are embedded deep in their psyche, like the books they used to read about freedom and a positive future.

Read more...

The Greatest Sin: The use of a just cause to justify injustice

Azmi BisharaOne of the worst things for a just cause is for it to be exposed to a situation where it becomes impossible for justice to be achieved. As a result of this, this same cause becomes a scapegoat used by political symbols or simply a symbol itself. In a case such as this one, injustice becomes normalised as people are paid to play the role of the victim, pushing the real victim out of context, as the alleged victims are believed to be the true victims.

Read more...

Spring time in Tulkarem as farms fight Israeli chemical factories

Israeli chemical factorygIt is spring on the Tanib farm and the eskadenias or loquats - small sweet orange fruits - and the strawberries are perfectly ripe. Workers and volunteers who have travelled far and wide to take part in a two week campus on the farm grounds are busy harvesting. The volunteers are helping with turning the farm organic. Tea drank in the breaks of a hard days labour is made on a bio gas cooker and dried fruits served as snacks have been made in a solar powered drier.

Read more...

Rapprochement in the Gulf: who blinked first?

David HearstSo who won the diplomatic war of words that threatened to fragment the Gulf Cooperation Council, and make a nonsense of its name? Did the Saudis step back from the brink, or did Qatar back down? Who blinked first?

Read more...

Israel, settler violence and calculated differentiation

Ramona WadiSettler-colonial violence has rarely prompted any condemnation from Israel and its institutions. Regularly dismissed as isolated incidents despite the constant phenomenon and its deleterious effects upon Palestinians, settler violence is sanctioned by the Zionist state. Its perpetrators are regaled with impunity for upholding the historical violence that facilitated the establishment of the settler-colonial state.

Read more...