May 9, 2019

 United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in February 2017.

On the 9th of April 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, winning his fourth consecutive term and putting him on track to soon be the longest serving Prime Minister in the country’s history. However, Netanyahu’s political standing could be considered very fragile, as he hardl...

May 7, 2019

Shamina Begum in 2015, courtesy of PA via BBC News 

In 2015, at the age of 15, the second-generation Bethnal Green local was radicalised and coaxed into abandoning her home to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. Within two weeks she was married to 23-year-old Dutch convert, Yago Riedijk. Over the coming years she would lose two children before giving birth on the 17th of February 2019 to her third. She spent her time in...

January 13, 2019

A recent reigniting of violence between Israel and Gaza has once again brought to light the toll constant conflict has on the lives of citizens on both sides of the border. After decades of conflict and bloodshed, the emotional, psychological, and physical impact on citizens of the region has taken a horrifying toll. For many Israelis and Gazans, it seems hard to believe that such long term trauma has not been a stronger catal...

January 6, 2019

Despite discriminatory laws that have criminalised ‘sexual acts contradicting the laws of nature’ (Article 534), there is a relatively thriving LGBT+ community in Lebanon. Among them, you will meet brave people of all ages who are committed to promoting LGBT+ rights and who dedicate much of their time explaining those rights to others within the community itself.

LGBT flag of Lebanon. Source: Wikipedia Commons

In Ara...

May 16, 2018

Hidden between the likes of “Narcos” and “Orange is the New Black” is one critically acclaimed Netflix film that needs more attention: “E-Team.” Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny’s gripping 2014 documentary shines light on not only the ongoing human rights violations in Syria and Libya, but also on those who risk their lives to investigate and report them. Simultaneously exhilarating, humorous, and moving, “E-Team” delivers a st...

May 4, 2018

Khalaf Dakheel is a 17-year old Yazidi refugee and journalist living in a  camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. A writer for the National Discourse with his work having featured in the Jerusalem Post, he often reports on conditions within the camp and life for its Yazidi residents. I spoke to him about his work and hopes for the future.

UK coverage of what has happened to the Yazidis is limited. What can you tell us about your community?

Th...

April 19, 2018

In the last forty years, few regions on Earth have experienced as dramatic, or indeed meteoric, of an economic rise as the Persian Gulf states. The regimes of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, who today make up the so-called “Gulf Cooperation Council” have seen near unprecedented explosions of prosperity and development since the 1970s, which has transformed cities like Dubai and Kuwait...

March 15, 2018

In December 2017 a video was circulated online of Palestinian women hitting and kicking Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers who were posted outside the women’s houses. The protagonist of this video is 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is currently detained in custody until her trial on March 11th. If found guilty, Tamimi could face up to 14 years in prison. The media attention on Tamimi has raised serious questions about the perse...

February 22, 2018

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the primary international organisation advocating for refugee rights. The UNHCR 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees constitute the fundamental international legal instrument for the protection of refugee rights. According to Article 1A(2), a refugee is defined as a person who:

Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecu...

February 7, 2018

In 2013, the day after Faith organized an anti-rape protest in the south west Democratic Republic of Congo, government policemen came to her home, murdered her husband, beat her children, and raped her niece while forcing her to watch. They then took Faith to prison where she lost count of how many times she was raped and beaten (Freedom From Torture). In the DRC, which has been dubbed ‘the rape capital of the world’ and ‘the...

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