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Who fears Islam?

The European situation The economic crisis coupled with the refugee crisis exacerbate hostile feelings towards Islam. The Eurobarometer issues the report on discrimination and finds little tolerance towards Muslim people. My article on Islamophobia is available here.   Continue reading

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According to the al-Saud

Last September 11, Villa Mondragone – historical sixteenth-century residence in Monte Porzio Catone, close to Rome, acquired by the Second University of Rome Tor Vergata, in 1981 – hosted Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal. On the occasion, the Prince – who was honoured with the title of Professor Emeritus Honoris Causa – gave a lecture on … Continue reading

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Far right enters Netanyahu Government

On March 17, the Israelis voted in their parliamentary election. Thirty out 120 seats in the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) went to Likud, the party of the incumbent Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was forced to form an unusual coalition with the ultra-orthodox who won 23 seats and the far right nationalist party Jewish Home (Ha-Bayit … Continue reading

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‘Pivot to Asia’ Middle Eastern edition

When in autumn 2011 ‘Foreign Policy‘ (FP) published then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s essay ‘America’s Pacific Century‘, the rationale behind US foreign policy adjustment was clear. Worn out after a decade of catastrophic military involvement in the Middle East, the United States were now willing to turn to an emerging region dense with economic and trade … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton and Middle East politics
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Hillary Clinton and Middle East politics

Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67, recently launched her campaign for next year presidential elections. The Democrat candidate adopted a slogan appealing to ordinary citizens “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be a champion.” In fact, the race to the White House usually focuses on domestic politics rather than foreign affairs. However, given US weight … Continue reading

The geostrategic struggle for the Middle East
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The geostrategic struggle for the Middle East

March 26 Saudi Arabia launched a series of air-strikes on Yemen, opening a new chapter in the history of this rather troubled Arab country. In the previous episodes. South-western tip of the Arabic Peninsula, Yemen was divided into North and South until May 22, 1990. On this day, Yemen was unified and the Northern President Ali … Continue reading

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Being a female journalist in al-Sisi’s Egypt, and few other remarks

Nadine Marroushi, 30, Anglo-Palestinian freelance journalist, lived and worked in Egypt between July, 2011 and February, 2015. She witnessed and told historical changes from Hosni Mubarak‘s deposition to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi‘s rise. A costly privilege. Nadine told us what it means to work as a journalist in a volatile and, more often than not, hostile … Continue reading

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Europe and the Middle East beyond identity politics – with Ilan Pappé

Setting the background. Do you know who Ilan Pappé is? I’ll briefly introduce him: Israeli historian born in 1954, he studied with the like of Albert Hourani and Roger Owen (who I had the chance to meet at SOAS in 2010). He’s a rather controversial personality, constantly at the centre of heated debates and very little … Continue reading