I am unable to congratulate Aung Suu Kyi on her victory

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

I was once a fan of Aung Suu Kyi. She was a human rights hero under house arrest by a dictatorial regime. She was released and the world celebrated. She needs no introduction. An inspiration to men and women alike and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Aung Suu Kyi was a model for all aspiring human rights activists. She demonstrated …

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 …

Three Muslim students killed in extremist attack – where is the media uproar?

Soumaya Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Three young Muslim students have been shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’ Craig Hicks, 46. The victims are recently wedded Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. As more information emerges about this horrific attack in a quiet neighbourhood, a deafening silence can …

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 …