Why Erdogan’s Dutch Srebrenica comments struck a chord domestically

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Erdogan’s Srebrenica comments towards the Dutch are very interesting for the sole reason that it has exposed the two different histories of the Bosnian war taught in two different worlds. Western historians often stress that the Dutch had little choice other than to withdraw and did their best to protect the Bosnians. They are at pains to reveal the lines …

How Middle East citizens approach Western critique

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

An insight into the approach the Middle East citizens take to Western critique of the region. Let’s take two examples. First, the support for “authoritarian Erdogan”: “How can you guys love Erdogan and ignore his authoritarianism?” “The same way you guys loved Obama and ignored Guantanamo, the child-killing drones program in Yemen and Afghanistan, the mass presence of US troops …

‘Rapefugees’ and the Bewildered Herd

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

“The Negroes are coming, hide your daughter, the Jews are coming hide your gold, the polish are coming; there taking our jobs… good lord the Chinese are rising too!” Do not fall prey to emotionally charged slurs, history is filled with enough instances of this which has not only tainted innocent victims, but, when logic prevailed, shamed and humiliated those …