Britain should take inspiration from Norway’s principled stance on the UAE

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced it has suspended sales of arms and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates. The ministry had expressed concern that these arms could be used in Yemen resulting in an intensification of the humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the country since the outbreak of the war in 2015. According…

Netanyahu faces Indian BDS backlash over Bollywood ‘selfie’

Pro-Palestine activists in India have accused Israel of exploiting Bollywood in a bid to improve its global image after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a “selfie” on stage with legendary movie star Amitabh Bachchan while visiting Mumbai. Activists made the claims after the Israeli government staged an outreach event titled “Shalom Bollywood” on Thursday…

Trump’s vision of the Middle East: 11 things we’ve learned from ‘Fire and Fury’

US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has been described as a “queasy-making mishmash of thought” in Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s tell-all book that documents the first nine months of the Trump administration and has drawn legal threats from the White House. Donald Trump has dismissed the book as “full of lies” and “misrepresentations”. But on…

Tourism should be regulated

ROME, Jan 2018  – This year, we will have 3 million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and take remedial…

UN experts call out Saudi Arabia for ‘repression’ of rights activists

In a rare move, United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to end the “repression” of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully exercising their civil and political rights. More than 60 prominent clerics, writers, journalists, academics and activists are reported to have been detained in a wave…

New Orleans becomes first city in US south to adopt pro-BDS resolution

he New Orleans City Council passed a resolution backed by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) advocates, pledging to examine investments and contracts with companies whose practices may violate human rights. The resolution, which was supported by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee, recommends removing corporations that violate the city’s social and ethical values from the…