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Fundamentalism and Terrorism

When secularism rhymes with dictatorship

The West, says Israeli thinker Shlomo Avinery, seems to believe the Arab upheavels will lead to democracy. But the Mid-East does not fit in this scheme. Here, democratization usually brings Islamist elements on power. 


Explaining Egypt

Through five YouTube videos selected by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Starting from a child explaining Egypt's potential for democracy and ending up with a historical footage of controversial leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. 


Those who are helping the Syrians

4 politicians from Aleppo went to Paris to negotiate humanitarian aid for the Syrian People. Father Paolo Dall'Oglio appealed to the European institutions to make everything in their power to ensure an immediate ceasefire in the country. Where Assad though is still ruling also because some élite groups behave as "lemon squeezers" on his unhealthy menu.


Conviction for atheism in Turkey

Sentence for 10 months imprisonment for Fazil Sa, a Turkish pianist accused of blasphemy and insulting Islam through some  ironic sentences of poet Omar Kahyyam on Tweeter. This conviction could be a dangerous precedent, which has been severely challenged by public opinion and the European Union.


The weak foundations of Arab democracy - Op-ed in the New York Times

"The preconditions for democracy are lacking in the Arab world partly because Hosni Mubarak and other Arab dictators spent the past half-century emasculating the news media, suppressing intellectual inquiry, restricting artistic expression, banning political parties, and trying to silence dissenting voices" writes Timur Kuran in the American newspaper. Article inside.


The Arab spring turns anti-Israeli - in Tel Aviv

The anniversary of Israel's independence sparks a wave of violence. Inside the report of Christian Science Monitor.


Fundamentalism and terrorism

ideology and violence against human rights

The Arab spring started in  2011 in Magreb and the anti-governmental demostrations in Iran and then Syria, Yemen, Bahrein and other Mid-Eastern countries, with the subsequent bloody crackdown, have marked the political defeat of the Qaedist movement led by Osama Bin Laden, who in the meanwhile was traced in Pakistan and killed in the assault of the US special forces inside his hideout. 
September, 11 2001 had caused a sharp turn in the relations between the West and Islam, characterized by a growing mistrust in the reciprocal perception.

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Faraaz Hussein

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