middle east

  • Can renewables stop heatwaves in the Middle East?

    Temperatures in Arab countries are establishing new records each summer. The heat waves that are occurring in Kuwait, Iraq and Morocco have highlighted the consequences of climate change in the MENA region. All the while, scientists are expecting a continuous occurrence of such waves in the coming years. This...
  • Shame, rape and resistance

    Last December, at the end of this eventful year, a new wave of protest filled the streets of Tunis following a court decision made on the 13th of December in Kef, a city situated in the North-East of Tunisia. The judge used the article 227bis of the Tunisian penal...
  • The rules of dis-engagement

    Yemen is a country in the grip of a civil war, which has far reaching implications, not just for its regional neighbours, but also for the Western powers that have long sought supremacy in the battle to claim the spoils of their Middle Eastern pie.  For the UK, these implications...
  • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

    In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...
  • Give Peace a Chance,With War

    “The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.” (Omar Bradley) Fighting for peace is an oxymoron.  Parties must stop...
  • The Promised Land of Thirst

       Jordan; a country with an area of  89,342km2 , which is 90% desert, and is the 4th poorest country on the planet when it comes to water. Its people have an ingenious expertise in how to collect, conserve and use the smallest drop of water. Water availability has...
  • Wives of Lebanon’s Disappeared Left to Cope Alone

    April 13 is a significant day for many Lebanese. Some remember the brutality of Lebanon’s civil war and others would rather just forget that it ever took place. Decades later and many questions remain unanswered for thousands of families whose loved ones were forcibly disappeared. Many families, especially women,...
  • Is it worth the risk? African migrant workers in the Middle East

    The case of African migrant workers in the Middle East is one that has attracted mixed reactions. While the West has consistently seen this as modern slavery, Africans view the job openings in the Middle East as an opportunity to solve the unemployment crisis in the African continent. However,...