If you’ve been following the news or social media in the last month, you’ve undoubtedly heard of something called the Istanbul Convention. What is the “Istanbul Convention”? Approved by the Council of European countries, the Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding international instrument that creates a comprehensive framework to… Read More »Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention
Geopolitics and International Affairs
Protests are an integral part of democracy, and special attention needs to be given to them. When citizens revolt against their governments, it gives them a chance to dismantle government structures that have failed to meet the responsibilities towards their citizens. A democracy is built on the wishes of the… Read More »Anti-government Protests Around The World: What Do They Have In Common
The mass of protesters started gathering at the Pantheon around 11 AM yesterday. The skies threatened them with an angry downpour, which never came to pass. Age-wise, they were an assorted bunch; from parents with toddlers to students to the elderly. Country-wise, they were from all over the world; from… Read More »Russian Tremors at the Pantheon
I’d like to start by saying that this is not an attack on the believers of Hindutva. More than anything, this is a lament of a 20-year-old who sees his world crumbling before him. Writing this essay from an objective, academic perspective has been extremely difficult for me and I… Read More »Dismantling Hindu Fundamentalism: Ethnic Nationalism with Fascist Undertones?
The recent presidential race in the United States has certainly been, apart from the Covid19 pandemic, one of the most relevant events of this challenging 2020 and we’d be lying if we were to say that none of us followed the election process with bated breath and a great dose… Read More »(Democratic) Party in the U.S.A.
On Sunday the 27th of September, the heaviest clash since 2016 erupted, creating destruction and spreading fear. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict that involves Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and several other close districts, which are de facto controlled by the self-declared Republic… Read More »The Nagorno-Karabakh, 30 years lasting conflict, is still reality
Credit: Reuters An earthquake, several airstrikes, and a nuclear bomb. That’s what came up in a Beirut resident’s mind on Tuesday 4th August, when a devastating explosion at the city’s main port brought destruction to the Lebanese capital, killing at least 200 people and wounding 7000. The blast’s cause can… Read More »INSIDE BEIRUT EXPLOSION AND THE INEVITABLE LEBANESE COLLAPSE
Between 1978 and 1979, while the Iranian revolution was growing in strength and numbers, Michel Foucault, a French philosopher, published some articles on the Italian newspaper Il Corriere Della Sera, regarding the revolution and it’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Foucault remained fascinated by the idea of an Islamic republic and described… Read More »Where ideas are born: the path to the Islamic Republic of Iran
From the Heart of Ancient Arabia to a Battlefield “Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world” – UN Behind this statement, there is a whole world to discover and understand. The ongoing conflicts in Yemen, which are completely devastating the country especially in the last decade,… Read More »Yemen: Story of a Never-Ending Dispute
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the background of the conflict and the hardships of the peace confirmation.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one in all the world’s longest-running and most contentious conflicts. At this stage, much attention is paid to this conflict, since the unresolved nature of this conflict situation adversely affects the event of nations within the Mideast region. Since 1948, the year the state of Israel was formed, the conflict within the Mideast has not stopped, annually taking many lives. The shortage of a political settlement creates favorable conditions for brand spanking new clashes between the opponents, which affects the whole international situation. This conflict has repeatedly acted as a detonator within the development of the international situation as an entire…
…War is a very useful tool when you cannot get what you want in other ways. However, it has a very terrible feature: the war will begin when you want to begin, but it will not end when you want it to end.
The year 1908 is when oil stocks were first discovered in the Middle East. A fossil fuel that has driven the economy, the diplomacy, the political and the social life of the whole world for more than 100 years now. It has been the reason for a multitude of conflicts… Read More »The Black Gold’s Trap
George Bush Jr, after becoming President in 2001, divided people into two parts: the ones of goodness and the circle of evil. Terrorists were part of the second half. Indeed, two years before the War in Iraq started, Al Qaeda came up with the atrocity of the 9/11: Osama Bin… Read More »The War in Iraq and The Dilemma of Nation-Building
Events started in various nations in the first half of 2011 with a list of uprisings and armed rebellions with people for the goal of democracy and better living standards, The “Arab Spring,” which encompassed mainly in Muslim countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and many others. The consequences of… Read More »The “Arab Spring” Displacement of the Regimes, Leaders and the situation of the Middle East
To start this theme of discourse, it is extremely significant to understand the core of Islam religion. The word ‘Islam’ by itself means peace from the Arabian language. Unfortunately, in recent years, an important amount of people started to misinterpret Islam as a narrow-minded and greatly warlike religion. Additionally, today… Read More »ISLAM AS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND TOLERANCE
The terminology “Middle East” was given by Europeans after the First World War to the area between the “near East” and the “far East” – indicating India – based on a European view of the world. Until the First World War, the Middle East comprehended fewer borders than the ones… Read More »The Kurds have no friends but the mountains
Credit: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency The known murder of George Floyd by the hand of a Minneapolis police officer, occurred on May 25th 2020, shed light on systematic racism and frequent acts of violence against black people by members of the law enforcement in the USA. In fact, Floyd’s death… Read More »THE HIDDEN SIDE: HOW POLICE VIOLENCE IN THE US IS CLOSELY RELATED TO PALESTINIAN RIGHTS
Chechnya is infamous for the blaring cases of human rights violations and terrorism, which are often blamed on the prevalence of Islam in the region. However, ironically, Chechens have only undergone a major process of Islamization relatively recently and historically preferred a syncretist approach to socio-religious matters. In the modern… Read More »Chechnya: Forceful Reshaping of National Identity
The purpose of this article is to analyze the socio-economic effects of the sanctions imposed on the Iraqi population after the invasion of Kuwait and the consequent war. This analysis will focus on the humanitarian consequences of the sanctions on a country destroyed by bombing, suffocated by an unlimited and… Read More »The consequences of the Gulf War and the effects of the economic sanctions on Iraq
INTRODUCTION The role of women in religion is a heavily debated topic, especially when related to the Islamic world and culture. There seems to be a common assumption, mostly shared in western society, that the Islamic woman is a submissive and passive one, incapable of making her own decisions and… Read More »REVOLUTION IS FEMALE: WOMEN’S QUEST FOR INDEPENDENCE AND THEIR ROLE IN THE ARAB SPRING
The Syrian civil war has been classified as the second deadliest conflict of the twenty-first century with over 500.000 casualties. The outbreak of the conflict dates back to March 2011 when a series of revolts and protests spreaded around Northern Africa and the Middle East, in the early stage of… Read More »The Syrian Civil War: How Cultural Ignorance Has Wounded the Aspiration for a Kurdish State.