Category Middle East

Foul play: Will Israel be given the red card?

In the words of Sepp Blatter, the fallen former FIFA chief, it was “in great generosity” that Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, withdrew a proposal to ban the Israel Football Association from the FIFA family for violating its statutes. A long list of complaints has hindered the ability of Palestinians to meaningfully participate […]

Is there a silver lining to the EU-Turkey deal?

While managing to circumvent many asylum obligations, both in terms of EU policy and international law, the EU-Turkey refugee deal is stunningly shocking, leading the humanitarian community to object and even protest on the ground. MSF only last week announced that it would withdraw from the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this month and has previously withdrawn […]

Iraq Is Facing a Massive Mental Health Crisis

My name is Nihad Barakat, I’m from the Sinjar [in Iraq]. We’ve been through some very bad times.” Barakat is a sixteen-year-old girl who was once held captive by ISIS. “They kidnapped us, they raped us, they killed the men, they took our babies from us,” she continued. Barakat made these comments at a conference […]

Forgotten and without a future: Syria’s Palestinian refugees

A small group of Palestinians from war-torn Syria have found themselves among the rising migration flows from conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East and other regions. The presence of the Palestinians is one of many hidden migration trends occurring between Syria and Europe – hidden truths that are leading to migration officials asking the wrong […]

Regional conflicts overshadow Iraqi mental health

Ceasefires, barrel bombs, civilian casualties, large migration flows, Bashar al-Assad, rebels, and the Islamic State, also known as Daesh; when looking at the Middle East, all attention is focused on Syria right now. Looming in the shadows of neighboring countries however – in Libya, Yemen, Iraq – are several conflicts all affected by a similar foe, […]

It’s time we acknowledge Iraq’s mental health crisis

The Iraqi people have lived through decades of war, repression and dictatorship. The Iran-Iraq War, two Gulf Wars, Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, the ongoing insurgency and political “transition” and now the Islamic State group. Iraq’s sectarian make-up and former secular regime has made it a hotbed of tension, even by Middle East standards. When periods of […]

Let’s speak out about inequality in the Middle East

A lot of the world has recently been talking about inequality. Inequality, we know, is a fundamental cause of poverty – and a lot of people expect it to exist in the developing world in the poorest countries; but inequality is most prevalent in middle-income countries, and very high degrees of inequality are present in […]