Russian Ambassador killed in Ankara: The implications

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In an extraordinary development, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has  been shot dead whilst giving a speech at an art gallery. The shooter is reported to have shouted “this is for Aleppo”. The shooting comes as tensions simmer between Turkey and Russia over events in Syria, with President Erdogan having to perform a tactical ‘retreat’ earlier this year …

Editorial: How we got to Aleppo

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The outpouring of emotion, the shock, the horror, the repeat of those eternal empty words of ‘never again’, has dominated my personal social media feed. In fact, I could be forgiven for assuming everyone in the world is heartbroken by what has taken place, but for the few comments here and there that suggest that, somewhere, the news of Aleppo …

World’s biggest companies can save as much CO2 as Japan emits in a year

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Global leaders in carbon reporting have the potential to save the equivalent of Japan’s annual CO2 emissions by achieving standard levels of carbon-efficiency for their sector, ET Index Research reveals in a report launched today. early half of the world’s 800 largest listed companies have disclosed their emissions, and have improved their carbon efficiency by 15% in the last year, …

Castro is dead and the Human Rights Pantomime lives on

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Since the death of Castro world leaders, state officials and media outlets poured scorn over the thought of attending his funeral. Simultaneously, many Western countries have suddenly decided to champion the cause of upholding human rights. Albeit, this topic article is centred on Fidel, the recent torrent of critique levelled at the former Cuban dictator reveals yet again the artful …

An End to the Confusion Faced by Muslims Visiting Japan

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Advisory Board of the Halal Expo Japan 2016, organised by Halal Media Japan, has announced a ‘Muslim-Friendly Certificate’, which will recommend standards for food and beverage enterprises in Japan to accomodate a growing number of Muslim tourists. The announcement comes as plans commence to establish a ‘Japan Muslim Council’ in April next year. Toshiao Endo, the director of the 500-member Japan …