‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’…just doesn’t exist. No matter how loud you say it.

Sami Hamdi Western Europe

On 14th August a French court ruled that the banning of the ‘burkini’ was ‘necessary, appropriate and proportionate’ in the fight against terrorism. To any layman with the most basic understanding of human rights, the decision is nothing short of outrageous. But, surprisingly, the decision is perfectly in line with the French principles of ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’.

Jewish vigilantes jailed over Paris ‘savage gang attack’ on pro-Palestinians at Gaza fundraising event

Op Ed Western Europe

Six Jewish vigilantes were jailed in Paris on Friday over a ‘savage gang attack’ targeting attendees at a fundraising event for Gaza in 2009 in the French capital. The defendants used iron bars, baseball bats and bike chains in the onslaught, in which they deliberately targeted anybody who looked like an Arab or a Muslim.   Among their victims was …

The French have a bad habit of ignoring claims of financial sleaze 

Nabila Ramdani Western Europe

A suspected criminal has been reappointed to arguably the most powerful position in world banking. Christine Lagarde’s second five-year term as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was this month unopposed by anyone on its executive board, despite the fact that she is due to face trial in Paris for “financial negligence” and could spend up to a year in prison if found guilty.

In-Depth: how the response to the Paris attacks made ISIS stronger

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, Western Europe

Painting a picture with a bloodstained brush intended to cloud and distort all inkling of mutual understanding is the business of information manipulation. The self-described Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are not only masters of disseminating distorted messages through turning vulnerable participants into electronic proxies, but also by using human suffering to paint a particular narrative. The …

As we stand with France, let us stand with the rest of the fallen victims

Sami Hamdi Western Europe

Paris was rocked by a devastating attack claiming over 200 lives. The disgraceful and shameless terrorist attack, claimed by ISIS, has sent shockwaves around the world with a minute’s silence observed in different countries and Facebook launching a ‘stand with Paris’ feature that allows the profile picture to be draped in French colours. The deplorable loss of innocent lives has …

Yes, I ‘get’ the Charlie Hebdo ‘joke’ about Aylan. And it’s repulsive

Nabila Ramdani Western Europe

Think of some famous dead children, and then try to work out who might use their suffering to raise a satirical smile. For the sake of argument, make one a Jew, one a Christian, and one a Muslim. Nazi sympathizers and other anti-Semites might well suggest Anne Frank, the Dutch Holocaust victim who, aged 15, succumbed to severe illness in …

Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Soumaya Hamdi Western Europe

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

TTIP is about US hegemony. No more, no less.

Ismail Qaiyim US, Western Europe

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), which includes China–the world’s second largest economy–are all noticeably absent from these FTAs. Many of the BRICS countries favor state-led industrialization, as opposed to the neoclassical economic orthodoxy of private sector-led growth and selective austerity favored by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The United States is the only country that appears in both the TPP and TTIP, a likely indicator that American private and public interests are driving these two agreements forward.

Migrants are human. We in the UK need to learn that.

Soumaya Hamdi Europe, UK, Western Europe

The migrant saga has exposed a glaring hypocrisy amongst us Europeans, particularly here in the UK. For whilst our leaders revel in our international role in promoting democracy, human rights and good governance, we are unable to accept that doing so has in many instances created instability and sown the seeds for internal warfare…