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 …

Pray for Bangkok

Nora Hamdi Asia

On Monday the 17th of August, a devastating bomb ripped through the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, killing 20 people. Nine of these were foreigners, from countries including the UK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described the incident as the “worst-ever” attack on Thailand. This is not the sole act of terrorism the country has seen this …

Mr Cameron, your advisers on tackling extremism have got it all wrong

Sami Hamdi UK

Insisting on erroneous foreign policy decisions, exacerbated by Cameron’s invitation to Sisi to visit the UK, only further undermines the advocates for peace and democracy within the community and fuels the extremist argument that the ‘West will never allow you to decide for yourselves’. Moreover, the draconian measures being introduced to curb extremism only serves to push those on the border of extremism to extremism itself. Whilst many will proudly point to Britain’s involvement in Kosovo and Sierra Leone, these people fail to realise that the youths joining ISIS were too young to even comprehend Britain’s role in these countries. At the time of Britain’s involvement in Kosovo and Sierra Leone, these youths were not even halfway through primary school. What Theresa May and David Cameron must understand is that this is a generation whose defining points have been the Iraq war, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Syria.

As Britons leave Tunisia, where does the Mediterranean state go from here?

IIPodcast Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

The International Interest interviews Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute. Fadil discusses the potential causes behind the rise of extremism in Tunisia, the effects of the Libyan civil war on Tunisian society, as well as the consequences for Tunisia following the Sousse attacks which claimed the lives of 38 tourists. Length: 10 minutes 33 seconds Fadil Aliriza is …

We must not abandon Tunisia

Nora Hamdi Discussion, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Tunisia is of vital importance to the democratic principles that we all hold dear. It is the only country from the Arab Spring that has successfully seen a transition from dictatorship to a true democracy through free and fair elections. The country now sees genuine political debate and discussion, and the plurality of political parties is reminiscent of the freedom we enjoy in Europe. As a result, this country should be supported with all we have to offer…

Egypt bombs militants loyal to ISIL in Libya following beheadings video

Sami Hamdi Egypt, Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

Egypt has announced that it has bombed militants who have pledged loyalty to ISIL following a video that was posted on the twitter feed of a website that supports ISIL purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation on state television hours after the release of the video condemning the killings and …

Three Muslim students killed in extremist attack – where is the media uproar?

Soumaya Hamdi Discussion, US, World Politics

Three young Muslim students have been shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’ Craig Hicks, 46. The victims are recently wedded Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. As more information emerges about this horrific attack in a quiet neighbourhood, a deafening silence can …

Editor’s Piece: I condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings…but I am not sorry

Sami Hamdi Europe, World Politics

The barbaric and villainous killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists is no doubt a heinous crime. Indeed, Charlie Hebdo’s only crime was that it expressed an opinion. However erroneous one may believe that opinion to be, never is that a justification for a summary execution such as that which took place today. Rarely do the words of Voltaire ring so …