Why Israel has no right to self-defence

The human rights and political situation of Palestinians in the West Bank, and especially in Gaza, is dire. Since the regional realignments of forces during the Arab uprisings erupted in 2011, traditional supporters of the Palestinian cause have offered the Palestinians ‘lip service’ support at best. Egypt’s hostility to Hamas due to its historical links… Read More Why Israel has no right to self-defence

Calais after the Jungle: a living nightmare

Between September and December 2017, I have volunteered with Care4Calais, a charity providing assistance to refugees in the Calais region, Brussels, and Paris. I have collected stories and testimonies from refugees and volunteers on the ground, and been a first-hand witness of migrants’ everyday life. In Calais, when the sky is clear, one can see England… Read More Calais after the Jungle: a living nightmare

Qatar crisis: a broader consolidation of power

This article was published on openDemocracy. In “Morbid Symptoms“, Lebanese academic Gilbert Achcar argues that the Arab uprisings that started in 2011 took the form of a “triangular conflict between one revolutionary pole and two rival counter-revolutionary camps”. As the democratic revolutionary components of the uprisings were unable to effectively organize and take the lead… Read More Qatar crisis: a broader consolidation of power

My interview with Howard Nicholas on international trade and global development

Howard Nicholas teaches at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), in The Hague. His research interests are Economics of Development and Emerging Markets. To find out more about his work and publications, click here. This interview was conducted in March 2017.  Could you briefly describe the origins and the nature of the current system… Read More My interview with Howard Nicholas on international trade and global development

Six considerations on the French elections

The exhaustion of traditional parties. The absence of both mainstream political parties that have dominated French political life for the last decades from the 2nd round of the elections mirror the current period of rapid political reshuffling, of disintegration of old categories and schemes of understanding, and of great uncertainty and volatility, across the West.… Read More Six considerations on the French elections

Europe’s border regime leaves the Mediterranean a (profitable) graveyard

This article was published on The New Arab In April 2016, European Council President Donald Tusk wrote that the EU needed a harsher plan to counter “uncontrolled migration”. The “unrestricted flow of people” reaching the European continent, Tusk argued, must be stopped through the implementation of “tougher policies” and a stricter control on “who crosses our borders,… Read More Europe’s border regime leaves the Mediterranean a (profitable) graveyard