How Academic Insincerity Prevents Peace in Yemen

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

There is an alarming trend among researchers on Yemen who insist on claiming ‘neutrality’ and ‘objectivity’ as if all actions committed by parties are equal in moral weighting. We are taught that democracy, freedom, and justice are all noble concepts that ensure the integrity of human beings. Although this has consistently been denied to Arabs by global superpowers (including those …

Understanding Erdogan’s Appeal

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

A ‘firebrand’, ‘polarising’, ‘increasingly authoritarian’, and an ‘arrogant self-indulgent man pretending to be a Sultan’. These are some of the criticisms levied at Turkish president Receb Tayyeb Erdogan who has dominated the Turkish political scene since 2003, winning successive elections with his AK Parti, revamping the Turkish economy, overseeing a period of genuine prosperity, and has expanded Turkey’s international prowess. …

NotPetya: Is cyberwarfare in full flow?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

This week has seen both the U.K. and the U.S. accuse Russia of being behind NotPetya, “the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history” that ripped through state and private sector organisations primarily in the Ukraine. Britain’s foreign office warned that “it will not tolerate malicious cyber-activity” while the White House press Secretary Sarah Sanders made similar thinly veiled threats, …

‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’ ‘But you have been away from Palestine for nearly two thousand years! Before that you had ruled this country, and hardly ever the whole of it, for less than five hundred years. Don’t you …

It’s not just in Europe to ease the migrant crises – it’s time for Africa too

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In mid-October, 600 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily by seven separate rescue efforts. A great bulk of them came from countries that were in a dire situation such as Eritrea, Libya, Somalia and South Sudan. Yet another group present came from Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana. With the exception of Nigeria that’s facing a crisis in its …