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The news of mass demonstrations in al-Anbar, Nineveh and other regions of Iraq has been a headline since more than a week. It all started after PM al-Maliki ordered to arrest bodyguards of the Sunni finance minister; a step considered to be another offence against Sunnis by the Shiite dominated government of Baghdad. Since then thousands of people are rallying under slogans of Iraqi Spring calling to bring down the regime of Nouri al-Maliki.

Old Iraqi flag in al-Anbar demonstrations. (Reuters)

In sharp contrast to Arab Spring events which did not carry any religious color, the political movement in Anbar is pure Sunni. (more…)

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anarchyLebanon  has long ago stopped  to be a candidate for reform… I started accepting the country as it is. Many things have found their way to organization in an anarchic way without any interference from the state, as anarchy and the law of natural selection allowed the Lebanese to find the best ways to survive their daily catastrophes. A simple example is driving against traffic on Monday morning in the direction of Beirut in Ouzaii to avoid traffic congestion while the state fails to find any alternative. I believe that the citizens’ unconscious collaboration in the presence of good will has helped invent many ways to replace the absence of development, rule of law and reform. (more…)

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Last month a poster appeared on several newspapers and advertisement panels showing the pictures of some religious figures (heads of Lebanese religious groups) with a slogan that reads: “We believe… Partners to end violence against women and girls”.  “We believe” campaign is an initiative of the NGO Abaad, which is trying to use the authority of sect clerics to protect women in a highly sectarian society.

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At first glance it would seem noble of the heads of religious sects to endorse such a message. But a deeper look would unmask (more…)

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cover-smallGraffiti explodes in periods of political and social changes and becomes itself a form of public power to resist authoritarian power. An artist, or group of artists, chooses a crowded street to convey the message in words or picture or both, that most of the times contain bitter sarcasm. The power of graffiti as a mean of free expression is increasingly alarming for many governments and ruling Systems. Repressive measures are taken to “shut-up” the voice of the streets; the best example of such reactions is that of UK with the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and UK MPs signing a charter saying “Graffiti is not art, it’s crime.”
In an attempt to trace the relationship between political awareness and the public mood reflected on city walls, Hani Naim dives into graffiti and the stories behind each wall painting in his book “Graffiti of Uprisings”. (more…)

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As Egypt struggles its way through the worst political crisis after revolution a retrospective view to the principles of Muslim Brotherhood and events that took place since the fall of Mubarak can explain a lot of what is taking place there now.

President Morsi with the flags of Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt behind

President Morsi with the flags of Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt behind

Last year after presidential elections we met some  liberal Egyptian activists who took part in 2011 revolution and we were shocked to know they voted for Morsi, preferring a representative of a religious party to a liberal statesman.  (more…)

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Hariri_arming_FSAAll calls to keep Lebanon away from regional clashes seemed once more like a scream in a desert after Okab Sakr’s recordings confirmed ex-PM Saad Hariri is involved in arming Syrian rebels. A month ago, March 14 was criticizing Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria when some of its members were killed there in battles with FSA, just to fall in the same abyss a month later. Even today a March 14 MP blamed Hezbollah of causing increased tension among the Lebanese on the background of Hezbollah members participating in the Syrian war. (more…)

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