Comment piece on violence against women and the difficulties in tackling it in Lebanon. first published in Middle East Eye on 9 March 2018: Lebanon is a country of apparent contradictions. It’s relatively well developed but fares third to last in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on the gender gap. And while […]

Report on London Modest Fashion Week. First published in The New Arab on 19 February 2018: Roumana Bint-Abubaker is CEO and founder of Haute-Elan. Adijumaand HIJUP recently acquired a majority stake in the company, a modest fashion e-commerce site and organiser of LMFW. “What is exciting”, she said, “is the diversity of segments. We have […]

Report on Narges Mohammadi and political prisoners of conscience in Iran opposing the death penalty. First published in The Iranian on 8 February 2018: Monday 29 January marked the 1000th day Iranian lawyer Narges Mohammadi spent in detention in Iran. A prominent human rights defender, Mohammadi was sentenced twice for her human rights activities and is […]

Comment piece on up upcoming Refugees Bill and report on the need for new definitions of family to apply to Fammily reunification rules. First published in The New Arab on 1 February 2018: With an extant refugee crisis on the continent, the UK won’t win any awards for its part in taking it on. Already […]

Round up of International Crisis Group report on the outlook of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. First published in The Iranian on 23 January 2018: Two years since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there is broad consensus that it is a success. Iran is compliant and the signatories should hold […]

Comment piece on US funding cuts to UNRWA, the refugee agency for Palestinians, and the implications. First published in The New Arab on 19 January 2018: While the US might deny it, all signs point to the fact that withdrawal of aid is a proverbial gun to the head of the Palestinians. As President Trump […]

Book Review of ‘With Ash on their Faces – Yezidi Women and the Islamic State’ by Cathy Otten. First published in The Iranian on 10 January 2018: Reports of the mass abduction, rape and enslavement of Yezidi women made headlines and was impossible to ignore. Some of the harrowing stories of captivity under ISIS have since been […]