Why Russia ‘had’ to intervene in Syria

Sami Hamdi Russia

Russia with its intervention in Syria in order to ‘defeat ISIS’ has no doubt upended the balance of power and comes at a time when the Assad regime needs such assistance the most following setbacks in Idlib, Homs and Aleppo, and as Iran begins to move away from Assad following the Nuclear Deal. However, Russia’s intervention should not be taken …

Britain’s failing asylum system

Noura Abughris UK

In a ruling described as a major victory by campaign groups and charities, the High Court on 26 June decided to suspend the notorious Detained Fast Track (DFT) system in the UK, which has plagued asylum seekers since its introduction in 2000. The DFT is a system whereby over 30 to 40 asylum cases are processed per week. It is …

Iran Deal: What happens now in the region?

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

After tense, lengthy negotiations, the P5+1 and Iran penned the long awaited nuclear deal that will see sanctions lifted and the Iranian nuclear programme reined in to lengthen the time Iran would need to build a nuclear weapon. However given the ongoing situation in the region; notably Iran’s support for rampant militias in Iraq; a brutal regime in Syria that has plunged the country into a bloody civil war; and Hezbollah in Lebanon which has effectively prevented the appointment of a President for over a year and half, the concessions granted to Iran are nothing short of incredible.

Hadi does not possess the strength to oust Houthi, and Obama knows this

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The stage is set; Houthi backed by Iran in the north, and Hadi in Aden backed by the international community. Many have rushed to claim that the idea that Iran will continue to support Houthi despite international pressure and recognition of Hadi in Aden in its bid to place greater pressure on Saudi Arabia is fanciful at best. These critics …