Middle East

Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

By Ahmet T. Kuru Junaid Hafeez, a university lecturer in Pakistan, had been imprisoned for six years when he was sentenced to death in December 2019. The charge: blasphemy, specifically insulting Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Pakistan has the world’s second strictest blasphemy…

The Ladder: A Conversation with the Incarcerated Poet İlhan Sami Çomak, Part III

When I started writing this interview with Ilhan Sami Çomak, I imagined a way to escape from prison. If I were in Ilhan’s position, I think I would think about it all the time. Lacking any handyman skills, I wouldn’t…

Syria organised marathon to promote reading among young people

The 2021 Reading Marathon competitions concluded today at the National Library in Damascus with the awarding of the three winners in each of the Basic, Secondary and University stages. Some 100 young people participated in this national competition, which was…

Iranian people are constantly rising up to overthrow the illegitimate regime

by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury The existential enemy of the Iranian regime are the Iranian people. The regime is deadly afraid of them. It tries to prop up terrorist proxies across the region to project power. But it is severely…

For its survival, Iranian mullah regime resorts to human rights violations

by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury While a section of experts on Iran say, in 2020, Iranian people have witnessed the “most violations” of their rights by the cruel Iranian regime. In my opinion, following Ebrahim Raisi, the mass murderer and…

The Ladder: A Conversation with the Incarcerated Poet İlhan Sami Çomak, Part 1

In 2014, After sixteen years in exile, I was able to return to my native Colombia. My mother was dead already, so the last time I saw her was the day in 1998 when I boarded the plane with the…

Around the Afghan chaos induced by the war

There are many things we don’t know about Afghanistan, many more than we do. So, we enter a realm of assumptions, based on sources more or less interested in telling us their truth. I don’t think it escapes anyone’s notice…

Open Letter to the States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty on the Need to Impose a Comprehensive Two-Way Arms Embargo on Israel

We, the undersigned global coalition of leaders –from civil society to academia, art, media, business, politics, indigenous and faith communities, and people of conscience around the world– call upon the States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to act…

Origin of the Current Republic of Western Armenia

Consulate of the Western Armenian Republic in the Argentine Republic The Republic of Western Armenia emerged when the millenary Armenian people decided to execute their legal right internationally granted in 1920, which allows them to have a sovereign State over…

Media Briefing: Developments in the Middle East & the perspectives for WMD Disarmament – September 1

Despite the covid pandemic, the last 12 months have seen a flurry of activity in the Middle East in the field of regional security: The Abraham Accords, moves by the USA and Iran to return to compliance with the JCPOA,…

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