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Debunking the mainstream narratives on Syria’s uprising

This past month, Syrians marked the two-year anniversary of the start of their uprising. What started as peaceful demonstrations quickly turned into a messy and bloody civil war. Syria gradually descended into chaos and self destruction and there is a growing sense of despair and wariness regarding the future. Daily footage of entire neighbourhoods destroyed, … Continue reading

The real education problem in the Arab world

I recently had a discussion with a friend over an article written by the Economist arguing that we might be witnessing a scientific renewal in the Islamic world. I have a problem with the way the article refers to the “Islamic world” as if it was a cohesive bloc or entity. Indeed what are the … Continue reading

On the need for an Economic Spring in the Arab world

Virtually every specialist agrees on the fact that it may be too soon to assess the political impact of the so called “Arab Spring”. But for the economy, the current downturn affecting the “revolutionary” states sounds like a bad omen. Very few seem to believe that the political upheavals are a good thing for the … Continue reading