Polarised Narratives on Europe and Terrorism

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

Europeans are not shown the chaos and destruction of their government’s intervention in the Middle East. And even when they are, it is often in the context of fighting a ‘common enemy’ for the establishment of ‘democracy’. Now let us flip the narrative and step into the shoes of an Iraqi, Syrian, Yemeni or Libyan in Europe who has relatives …

Why Erdogan’s Dutch Srebrenica comments struck a chord domestically

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

Erdogan’s Srebrenica comments towards the Dutch are very interesting for the sole reason that it has exposed the two different histories of the Bosnian war taught in two different worlds. Western historians often stress that the Dutch had little choice other than to withdraw and did their best to protect the Bosnians. They are at pains to reveal the lines …

How Middle East citizens approach Western critique

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

An insight into the approach the Middle East citizens take to Western critique of the region. Let’s take two examples. First, the support for “authoritarian Erdogan”: “How can you guys love Erdogan and ignore his authoritarianism?” “The same way you guys loved Obama and ignored Guantanamo, the child-killing drones program in Yemen and Afghanistan, the mass presence of US troops …