“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
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
It’s been almost four years now since the conflict in Syria has begun….a never-ending popular rebellion, which started from the Arab Spring and quickly deteriorated to a bloody civil war. The massacre in Syria was labelled as the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, but it’s hard sometimes to actually realize it and really… Read More Start the Day with a Recap on the Biggest Humanitarian Crisis of the 21st Century
This video went viral in the last two weeks and it’s never too late to share it. Every year we see different awareness campaigns, like a “photo a day” or a “one second a day”, many times with celebrities who usually catch more the attention of the audience, or with common war-scenes. This one is part… Read More “Just because it isn’t happening here, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening”
After the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and the concomitant coup against Victor Yanukovych in Ukraine, it is high time for a candid and frank discussion of the Russian Federation, its leadership, and its motives. Russian dissidents are saying sardonically – some sing in the streets – that although Russia won the Sochi Games, they have… Read More The Return of the Great Bear
It is an undeniable fact that the ongoing situation in Syria has created many implications on the wider region of the East Mediterranean and the Middle East, highlighting that nothing should be taken for granted as far as peace and security is concerned. One of the most important elements that characterizes this crisis is the… Read More How Chemical Weapons in Syria Shaped the Nature of the Conflict
The Syrian scenario, by now, is considered something very evasive. There is a legitimate government, ruled by Bashar al-Assad, which is strongly and militarily contested by rebels. There is a President of the United States, Barack Obama, who won the Peace Nobel Prize in 2009 and who wants to attack Damascus, in 2013. There is… Read More Why Does Obama Want to Intervene in Syria ?