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International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity

March 8, 2016

Author’s note: Much of the reference to Yemen was drawn from the recent publication: “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges”[1] (2015).   By: Joana Cook Today marks the 2016 International Women’s Day, where the year’s theme “Pledge for Parity” promotes areas extending from helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, calling for gender-balanced leadership, … Continue reading “International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity”


The Jihad Caravan: a Journey to the Roots of Hatred

August 11, 2015

By Samar Batrawi: Montasser AlDe’emeh and Pieter Stockmans, De Jihadkaravaan: Reis naar de Wortels van de Haat [The Jihad Caravan: a Journey to the Roots of Hatred], Tielt, Belgium: Uitgeverij Lannoo, 2015. 19,99 (e-book). Pages: 518. ISBN: 9789401427708 ‘I was born and raised in Antwerp. A year and a half ago I left to go … Continue reading “The Jihad Caravan: a Journey to the Roots of Hatred”


The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead

November 13, 2014

By Beatrice Tesconi: Against the backdrop of dispiriting headlines about the rise of Islamism in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’, recent political developments in Tunisia have been hailed as a beacon of hope for a region wracked by extremism and civil war. On Sunday October 26, Tunisia held its second parliamentary elections since the … Continue reading “The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead”


‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring

March 27, 2014

By Jill S. Russell: I attended last week a very interesting panel discussion on the Arab Spring [1], its meanings and the response it deserves. A theme that was shared across the panel was that the West [2] owed the movement its support because the latter was promoting the values held to be sacred by … Continue reading “‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring”


Spontaneity and consciousness in the Arab Spring

January 12, 2013

By Leo Graham-Dullaert We have been handed a cartoon of the Arab Spring. Despite the enormous advances in the technical quality of reporting from areas of conflict, humans have not kept pace with the machines. Even some of our best broadcasters have fallen prey to some of our most basic human flaws; at best – … Continue reading “Spontaneity and consciousness in the Arab Spring”


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