Buying influence in the US: Saudi interests in DC come at the expense of Human Rights

The strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US is fostered by shared geopolitical and economic interests rather than homogeneous morals and values. The US-Saudi alliance was cultivated by the US’s reliance on Saudi Arabia during the Cold War and it has grown over the decades through shared regional strategic goals. Since President Obama took[…]

Denmark needs to enlist the EU if they are serious about freeing Bahraini-Danish human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Bahraini-Danish human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has been unjustly and illegally incarcerated for over nine long years, suffering torture and inhumane degrading treatment. He has been subjected on multiple levels to a blatant denial of basic human rights and suffered enormously at the hands of the Bahraini authorities in a flagrant crackdown on dissent after[…]

Racial Justice in America: I can’t Breath

Much like the slogan of the Arab Spring – “bread, freedom, dignity” – “I can’t breathe” has the same sense of despair. America is, justifiably, the focus of intense anger, frustration and disappointment from people across the world. United Nations officials have spoken out about the murder of George Floyd. Like the death of Mohamed[…]

Dispatch on French Arm Sales to the Gulf Region

 France plays a leading role in global arms exports. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), from before the Arab Spring protests in 2011 up until today, France has been in the top-5 of global arms exporters. In 2017, France took over China’s place as the third-largest arms exporter. The latest SIPRI report[…]

Financing Poison at the Top of the Well: How a Culture of Impunity has Allowed the UAE to Continue to Flaunt Grave Human Rights Abuses

Impunity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is endemic, thanks to a pervasive culture of dispensation in the upper echelons of government. The UAE can be described as an autocratic police state, with widespread censorship laws and high surveillance. The ambiguity of its laws allows the leadership to easily justify the quashing of dissent or[…]