Category Comment/Analysis

It’s time to talk about violence against women in Lebanon [Middle East Eye]

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 […]

UK refugee law needs a new definition of ‘family’ [The New Arab]

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 […]

Will Europe Save The Iranian Nuclear Accord? [The Iranian]

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 […]

Trump’s UNRWA cuts hold Palestinians hostage [The New Arab]

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 […]

It’s time to get real about the death toll in Yemen [The New Arab]

Comment piece on civilian death toll and targeting civilian infrastructure. First published in The New Arab. 10,000 people have died as a result of the war in Yemen, over 5,000 of them have been civilians. Except we’ve been hearing that statistic for close to a year now, one that was conservative to begin with. Now, after […]

What Does Saleh’s Demise In Yemen Mean For Iran? [The Iranian]

In-depth analysis on implications and involvement of Iran in Yemen’s conflict, using interviews with experts on Iran, Yemen and the Middle East. First published in The Iranian: Yemen, gripped by war, just experienced a major twist. While the country’s devastating humanitarian situation has caused international concern, the internal and geo-political dynamics of the conflict may […]

Libyan slavery: Don’t be fooled by the ‘shock’, we’ve known about this for a while now [Middle East Eye]

Opinion piece in Middle East Eye on CNN report of the Libya slave trade and action by world leaders: Last month, an undercover investigation by CNN revealed that black African migrants were being sold into slavery in Libya. Since the report broke, news on it has gone viral and world leaders have expressed outrage. But […]