Webinar Report: US 2020 Elections and Prospects of Democracy in the MENA Region

Webinar Report: US 2020 Elections and Prospects of Democracy in the MENA Region

The coming US elections couldn’t have happened under more dramatic nor crucially important circumstances.
The world sits ravaged by the Coronavirus, economies braced for one of the worst downturns in living memory and countries and societies polarised and divided like never before. Therefore an election that would decide not only the shape and direction of the US administration for the next four years, but potentially some of the most critical questions facing humanity in several generations, is one that demands full attention.

Whether it be global health care and well- being, racial and economic equality, the economy, climate change, public, personal and cybersecurity, privacy and data regulation, human rights and democracy or extremism and terrorism of all types, whoever sits in the White House come January 2021, will be instrumental.

The Cordoba Foundation in collaboration with Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University convened a very timely webinar on 11th of August, which addressed the US elections and its potential impact on democracy in the MENA region. The webinar attracted much attention for understandable reasons. The Trump administration, in the eyes of many, gave oxygen to oppressive regimes and elevated the status of ‘strongmen’, otherwise more commonly known for being dictators, tyrants and oppressors and a return of President Trump would send a clear message that America would continue to not only stand by, but grant actual support to the regimes of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE among others.

 

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INFORMATION WARRIORS

INFORMATION WARRIORS

AND THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

 

States and movements use information as
part of a wider strategy to fully engage in conflict… an idea that has formed part of the analysis of the way liberal democracies successfully used propaganda as a tool to achieve both military and foreign policy aims.

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ROJAVA – THE UTOPIA OF A DEFEATED WESTERN LEFT

ROJAVA – THE UTOPIA OF A DEFEATED WESTERN LEFT

THE HIDDEN TRUTHS OF THE KURDISH “DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENT” IN NORTH EASTERN SYRIA.

The deluge of quasi- unanimous Western outrage at both Trump’s “betrayal of the Kurdish allies” and at Erdogan’s offensive, and the slew of outlandish accusations against him largely masked how remarkable, and largely successful the U.S.- Turkish-Russian diplomatic ballet has been.

Trump, despite
the bravado of his twitter warnings against Erdogan, actually quickly lifted the sanctions against Turkey before rolling out the red carpet during Erdogan’s visit to the White House

 

Morsi Full Report

Morsi Full Report

Request for a UN-led investigation into the death of former Egyptian President, Dr Mohammed Morsi
This ‘Report’ has been drafted and submitted at the request of those instructing the ‘Legal Team’, namely the family of Dr Mohammed Morsi, and the Egyptian Revolutionary Council.
It was drafted and reviewed by the legal team comprised of Toby Cadman, Almudena Bernabeu, and Carl Buckley.
Published in London, United Kingdom 15 November 2019
SEARCHING FOR PEACE IN A TROUBLED WORLD

SEARCHING FOR PEACE IN A TROUBLED WORLD

REFLECTIONS ON THE GLOBAL MILITARY FIXATION AND SAUDI-UAE IMPOSITION OF THE “DEAL” ON THE PALESTINIANS.

As a boy in an English boarding school (‘public’ though very feepaying) many years ago I had no idea that I was absorbing a very special form of education. I was being formed into the
British military mindset. Many years later it became quite clear to me that such was the acculturation we were getting, not only in history classes but in the whole culture and formation process of the school.

Not that I minded in the slightest. It was all normal and attractive to me in my teens. The school culture was both religious and military. Large portraits of Old Boys who had won military honours hung in our dining room. Saints were pictured in our chapel. Our school cadet corps was not, I don’t think, compulsory, but it did not need to be.

 

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TACKLING CHALLENGES

TACKLING CHALLENGES

On the 21st of April 2019, Easter Sunday, multiple explosions rocked the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, leaving over 200 dead and hundreds wounded.

For the Muslim community in particular, the events of 21/4 mark a watershed moment for Muslim identity and representation in Sri Lanka. Almost overnight, being a Muslim has become an accusation as well as a religious affiliation.

However, this difference is somewhat ambiguous and poorly understood, and thus poses many challenges to the development of identity and representation of the Muslim community by themselves and others. The first challenge is that as a result of this historical understanding , most Muslims in Sri Lanka classif y themselves as the descendants of Arabs or ‘Moors,’35 despite its postcolonial derogatory overtones.36 Due to the fact Arab migrants were Muslims, the concepts of faith and ethnicity became fused over time, so a racial link became a religious link, thereby ascribing a racial homogeneity to a community perceived as such: the “Sri Lankan Muslim.”

 

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SREBRENICA COMMEMORATION 2019

SREBRENICA COMMEMORATION 2019

THE SINGLE GREATEST ATROCITY IN EUROPE SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR…

Flames of hatred in the heart of Europe. This years marks the 24th anniversary commemoration of the worst atrocities on Eu- ropean soil since the Second World War that took place in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

 

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA
DRAWING ON BEST PRACTICES FROM ACROSS EUROPE

Globally, there is an alarming proliferation and intensification of Islamophobia and it increasingly permeates a range of spheres. Islamophobia affects (but is not restricted to) policy and legal measures, media and also verbal and physical violence against Muslims, perceived Muslims, and Islamic spaces.

Islamophobic narratives frame Muslims and Islam as the “other”, they are seen to be carriers of violent threat, demographic threat, a cultural and moral threat, an economic threat, a threat to sexual freedoms and gender equality, and a threat to national peace and security.

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