“Either you are with the crusaders or you are with Islam.” Dabiq – the Islamic State’s propaganda magazine – in 2014. (1) It is said that in the Middle East the land does not forget. Contemporary politics in the Middle East owe much to the memory of the medieval crusades. Fought over the course of… Read More From the Crusades to the Digital Caliphate
After 6 hours at work listening to the incessant news of the deadly attack at Paris head-office of Charlie Hebdo-the known French satirical magazine-I finally reached Place de la Republique where hundreds have gathered to commemorate the 12 victims and to show freedom of expression still lives. In few hours Paris’ most active citizens have… Read More CHARLIE n’est pas mort!
It all started last October 21 when the government of Burkina Faso, with a bill, attempted to transform Article 37 of the Constitution. The objective? To increase the number of presidential terms from two to three, so that the head of state in charge, Blaise Compaoré could recur in November of 2015. The Blaise Compaoré curriculum… Read More The Case of Burkina Faso: a Stimulus for Sleeping African Revolutions?
During the previous months, Japan has made some positive changes in its attitude towards China concerning the issue of the disputed islands of Senkaku/Diaoyu , in an attempt to solve territorial disputes at sea. It has been reported that Japan may accept the existence of the dispute, but it will still support that these islands… Read More Senkaku/Diaoyu : A Dangerous Game
It was the 28th of May in Istanbul, Turkey, when protests and sit-ins started to protect Gezi Park near the then-famous Taksim Square. Over the night between the 27th and the 28th the dismantlement of the park began as the basis of a plan that would eventually lead to the eradication of about 600 trees… Read More The Republic of Turkey: a Troubled Path from Gezi Park to the Security Council
For the next season at the Global Oyster I will be dedicating myself to forgotten tragedies around the world. I will report on wars that are less covered by mainstream media, providing analysis on hidden violations of humanitarian law and attempting to voice different points of view by involving affected citizens, mainly young students, to… Read More The Issue of Palestine Seen Through the Eyes of a Gazawi
It should be recognized that being a woman, in many places, can be more difficult. It has always been this way, but today, in an era in which human rights, under the auspices of the UN, seem to have more to defend, the forms of discrimination that history has left us are supposed to be… Read More Discrimination Against Women in the World: Three Cases of the Week