Inside Bahrain: while protest is suppressed, renewed upheaval might only be a matter of time

Von | | Arabische Halbinsel, Bahrain | Kein Kommentar

A pro-democracy demonstration in the Bahraini capital Manama from the financial district to Pearl Roundabout in 2011. Photo: Mahmood Al-Yousif (CC)

In 2011, heated protests at Manama’s Pearl Roundabout started calling for political change in Bahrain. The rulers responded in part with force, in part with promises for reform. Almost two years later, repression has tightened, while reforms stall. It won’t be long before unrest erupts anew, reports our guest author A. B., based in Bahrain.

Iraq: The struggle for women’s rights is also the struggle against sectarianism and authoritarianism

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Im zweiten Teil des Alsharq-Irak-Fokus wirft Schluwa Sama im Interview mit Nadje Al-Ali, Aktivistin und Professorin für Gender-Studies mit Schwerpunkt Irak an der School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS), einen Blick auf die politischen und gesellschaftlichen Lebensumstände von Frauen im Irak und geht Fragen von Identität und Schulbildung nach. Would you say weiterlesen…

The Impact of the Israeli Elections on Arab Palestinian Citizens of Israel.

Von | | Israel, Mashreq, Palästina, Wahlen | 6 Kommentare

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Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, Die in Haifa ansässige Jugend-NGO Baladna (dt. Unser Land) setzt sich vor allem mit bildungspolitischen Belangen der palästinensischen Minderheit in Israel auseinander. Ihr Leiter Nadim Nashif analysiert bei Alsharq die Auswirkungen der Knesset-Wahlen auf die arabisch-sprachigen israelischen StaatsbürgerInnen. The consequences of Israeli elections are never immediately obvious, due to the lengthy weiterlesen…

Zaydi Rebel Gains Another Obstacle to National Dialogue in Yemen

Von | | Arabische Halbinsel, Hintergrund, Jemen | 1 Kommentar

Ein Gastbeitrag von Fernando Carvajal. The political transition in Yemen continues obstructed by infighting, stalled military restructuring, presence of Islamic militants, a secessionist movement and an eight year-old rebellion in the north by a Zaydi group holding near autonomy over the province of Sadah.  The rebels, under the political and spiritual leadership of Abd al-Malek weiterlesen…

History in the making – How the way media are covering events today affects how they will be told tomorrow

Von | | Ägypten, Mashreq, Meinung, Nordafrika, Presseschau, Syrien, Tunesien | 1 Kommentar

A Guest Post by Stefanie GrothI am asking myself these days what children will be told in school about the ‘Arab Spring’ in ten to twenty years. What their textbooks will read like about the events that were triggered in 2011, when a young Tunisian man called Mohammed Bouazizi immolated himself out of protest, and weiterlesen…

On “Islamists”, electorally

Von | | Ägypten, Jordanien, Marokko, Mashreq, Meinung, Nordafrika, Tunesien | Kein Kommentar

First post-revolutions elections offered groups known as “Islamists” first positions in three Arab countries. This article attemps at explaining some of the reasons behind these results, and argues that post elections “islamists” will not remain the same forces that they were during their long journeys outside power and “official” politics. A guest commentary by Ziad weiterlesen…

The Sahel after the fall of the »Brother Leader«: Qadhafi`s legacy haunts Niger

Von | | Hintergrund, Libyen, Nordafrika | Kein Kommentar

Ein Gastbeitrag von Alex Thurston Colonel Muammar Qadhafi is dead, but his friendships with Libya’s southern neighbors continue to complicate Sahelian politics. Niger in particular has keenly felt the impact of Libya’s civil war.  An estimated 75,000 refugees – and counting – have fled Libya to Niger since April, creating a humanitarian emergency in the weiterlesen…

Challenging Manama’s Narrative

Von | | Arabische Halbinsel, Bahrain, Hintergrund | Kein Kommentar

Ein Gastkommentar von Faraz Sanei, Nahost-Analyst bei Human Rights Watch (HRW) in New York.On the afternoon of April 12, plain-clothes security officials arrested Ghazi Farhan, a businessman, in his office parking lot. They blindfolded and handcuffed him and took him to a detention facility, where officers interrogated him, beat him with a hose, and forced weiterlesen…

Proteste in Israel – The Israeli Uprising

Von | | Hintergrund, Israel, Mashreq, Palästina | 2 Kommentare

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, bereits am 22. Juli berichtete Alsharq über Proteste  in Tel Aviv angesichts der Preisexplosion auf dem israelischen Wohnungsmarkt. Nun ist der “Israelische Sommer” in aller Munde, landesweit wird gegen soziale Ungerechtigkeit demonstriert. Unser befreundeter Foto- und Video-Journalist Jan Beddegenoodts hat sich mit den Protesten intensiv auseinander gesetzt. Entstanden sind dabei ein Video und ein weiterlesen…

Interview with Jamil Sayyed – »Germany is responsible for my detention«

Von | | Libanon, Mashreq, Persönlichkeiten | 3 Kommentare

For four years Jamil Sayyed, former chief of Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security, was detained as one of the main suspects in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Robert Chatterjee and Christoph Dinkelaker met Sayyed in Beirut this April. In this interview he lashes out against the German UN-Investigator Detlev Mehlis weiterlesen…