Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

The Saudi-ISIS myth and the Iran Deal PR imbalance

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Iran deal has been good for Iran from every angle, particularly on the PR front. By agreeing to the stringent technical conditions on its nuclear program, Iran has presented itself as a country genuinely striving for peace in the midst of animosity and a country demonstrating restraint and perseverance in this endeavour. In particular, it has presented itself as …

‘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 …

Editor’s Piece: ISIL thrives as the West blunders

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

ISIL’s explosive rise has upended the political status quo in the Middle East. Despite international efforts to contain and defeat the group, ISIL appears to be in solid control of its territory, demonstrating a daring and unprecedented financial self-efficiency not seen in other terrorist groups – even trading in oil with Mosul as its capital. More so, ISIL has demonstrated …

Editor’s Piece: Iran at Saudi Arabia’s doors

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On Friday, Sadr al-Din al Qabanji in Najaf criticised the Saudi verdict to execute the Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, one of the most influential figures amongst the minority Shia population to the east of the Kingdom. Following the verdict, Iran and its proxies – Houthi in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon – issued a series of threats prompting concerns of …

Editor’s Piece: Why the Sultan will not move for Kobane

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

  As the situation in Kobane unfolds, Erdogan, the most powerful man in Turkey since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has confounded his supporters with his inactivity and blunt refusal to commit troops to the rescue of the Kurdish town. Erdogan, who has harboured ambitions for Turkey to become a regional superpower, and has lambasted the West on numerous occasions for standing …