Results for Tag: religion

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Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s Next Leader?

Yaalon (1950) was born into a working-class family affiliated with the Labour Party, and grew up on a left-leaning settlement. The combination of a distinguished military career, promises of tackling the real issues in Israeli society, support of officers who speak their mind and Netanyahu’s waning popularity will prove to be a successful formula for Yaalon’s attempt to win the next election.

Esra’a Al-Shafei: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Esra’a Al-Shafei envisions a society that celebrates diversity of people and ideas, and where “equality, freedom of religion and speech is the norm, instead of censorship, slavery and normalization of occupation”.

As UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech Approaches, What is the State of Morocco’s National Security?

What is the state of security today in Morocco? An initial answer would be that the country is still vulnerable for a number of reasons. According to recent reports, Moroccan jihadists are continuing to join IS in Libya and are increasing communication and coordination with sympathizers back home.

Human Rights in Lebanon

Human rights organizations all agree that the country still lags behind in its compliance with international treaties and conventions. Yet as conflict and unrest continues to plague many parts of the Arab world, human rights have taken a backseat to national security.

Mashrou’ Leila, the Lebanese Band Changing the Tune of Arab Pop

Mashrou’ Leila are a band on a mission to instigate change, with a lead singer who is openly gay and songs tackling taboos that very few other Arab musicians have explored. The young generation found solace in the band’s attempts to address societal problems related to daily life in Beirut.

New Audio File Reignites Human Rights Debate in Iran

Human rights abuses by the revolutionary forces, including the execution of political prisoners, started immediately upon Khomeini’s return to Iran in 1979 after 15 years in exile. They have been a constant feature of the country’s social and political life ever since. Today, Iran holds the dubious title of having the second-highest number of executions in the world after China (the highest, if calculated per capita).

The Past and Future of Tribes in Oman

A look at Oman’s political history over the past 1,500 years makes it apparent that the tribe is the incubator of the state, not the other way around, and that Oman, throughout its different stages of development, has been strongly connected with the ruling tribe.

Islam, State and Identity

The issue of national identity in Sudan has become an entrenched part of the debate around politics, war and peace, unity and disintegration. Acknowledging the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country and recognising and respecting other languages, cultures and ethnic groups will be a key factor in achieving lasting peace, and the only guarantee that no single ethnic or cultural group exploits religion and language to their socio-economic advantage.

Human Rights in Iraq: When a Constitution Is Not Enough

A large number of texts in the Iraqi constitution address human rights, but governmental and national institutions have been accused by local and international human rights organizations of delinquency, infringement and non-compliance with these provisions or with international agreements of which Iraq is a signatory.

Turkey Coup: After the Failed Coup, Now the Isolation?

The sluggish and lukewarm response from the international community to the attempted coup, and the salvo of criticism that followed the widespread crackdown, made the president and his followers deeply suspicious of a potential global conspiracy against his regime. As tens of thousands of people are fired from Turkey’s public institutions, the country seems more isolated than ever.