‘Iran is an empire and Baghdad is its Capital’ – a statement of truth

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Ali Younsi, advisor to President Hassan Rouhani on religious and minority affairs, stated that Iran is now an empire and Baghdad is its Capital. Such a brazen statement appears to have generally been ignored as fanciful and wishful thinking at best. However, in reality, Ali Younsi’s statement carries much truth as Iraqi forces, led by Hadi al Amiri publicly and …

The Times headline ‘Muslim Sex Grooming’ is poor and opportunistic journalism

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On 4 March 2015 the Times newspaper published on its front page the following headline: ‘Call for National Debate on Muslim Sex Grooming’ Such a headline did more than merely raise a few eyebrows given the Times newspaper’s status both nationally and internationally. The article elaborated on a ‘landmark’ report in Oxfordshire concerning the appalling use and selling of teenage girls …

Hadi does not possess the strength to oust Houthi, and Obama knows this

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The stage is set; Houthi backed by Iran in the north, and Hadi in Aden backed by the international community. Many have rushed to claim that the idea that Iran will continue to support Houthi despite international pressure and recognition of Hadi in Aden in its bid to place greater pressure on Saudi Arabia is fanciful at best. These critics …

Egypt bombs militants loyal to ISIL in Libya following beheadings video

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Egypt has announced that it has bombed militants who have pledged loyalty to ISIL following a video that was posted on the twitter feed of a website that supports ISIL purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation on state television hours after the release of the video condemning the killings and …

King Abdullah dies, and King Salman ends the succession struggle

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On 22nd January 2015, King Abdullah bin AbdelAziz Al Saud passed away after ruling for nearly 10 years. Through a number of swift and shrewd decrees his successor, King Salman, has ensured the continued stability of the Kingdom and ended-for now-any discussion regarding the transition of power from the first to the second generation, by appointing the interior minister Muhammad …

Editor’s Piece: I condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings…but I am not sorry

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The barbaric and villainous killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists is no doubt a heinous crime. Indeed, Charlie Hebdo’s only crime was that it expressed an opinion. However erroneous one may believe that opinion to be, never is that a justification for a summary execution such as that which took place today. Rarely do the words of Voltaire ring so …