The “Shadow Pandemic” and its implications for the MENA-region: Domestic violence on the rise

Silently, a “Shadow pandemic” has begun amidst the COVID-19 crisis: Worldwide, a rise in domestic violence has been recorded since the outbreak of COVID-19. Women in the MENA-region find themselves especially at risk. Even before COVID-19, the Eastern Mediterranean Region had the second highest prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) worldwide, …

Towards the normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel?

While most of the Arab countries do not officially recognize the state of Israel over the latter’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, common concerns in the past thirty years over regionals issues have brought the different parties closer. However, The announcement of Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu on July 1st, …

SAFER – The looming environmental and humanitarian disaster off Yemens’s shore

A 45 year old supertanker carrying 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil is decaying just 60 kilometers off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, threatening the Yemeni population, Red Sea littoral countries and Red Sea ecosystems. The vessel was part of Yemen’s national oil infrastructure but fell …

The Libyan Quagmire: The failure of the international community to engage in a constructive peace process

Following a peace summit in Berlin on 19th January 2020 about the civil war in Libya, and the intensification of violence from February until July, Yacoub El Hillo, the United Nations’ (UN) resident and humanitarian coordinator for Libya, argued that “We are witnessing a protracted conflict severely impacting civilians in …

Protests in Lebanon – a genuine outcry to end political sectarianism?

Since 17 October 2019, Lebanon has both felt paralyzed and restless at the same time. Following the announcement of new taxes with relation to telecommunications services, people spontaneously took to the streets to protest. For the first time, the Lebanese people are not relating to any religious or sectarian divisions, …

The nuclear deal with Iran: from a historic deal for peace to (again) the brink of war

Introduction: what the 2015 JCPOA entails In July 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed upon between the EU, China, Russia, the US, France, Germany, the UK and Iran. After a decade of trying to reach a nuclear deal, it was deemed historic. The deal was meant …

Mit oder gegen Klimawandel handeln? Vom Versagen der neoklassischen Umweltökonomie und deren Instrumente

Entgegen der Hoffnungen, über marktbasierte Instrumente die Klimakrise lösen zu können, ist nach zwanzig Jahren neoklassischer Umweltökonomie und -politik eine ernüchternde Bilanz zu ziehen. Nicht nur haben derartige Ansätze nichts bewirkt, sondern im Gegenteil zu einer Beschleunigung kapitalistischer Einhegung und Inwertsetzung von Natur beigetragen. Zudem werden die rezenten Maßnahmen zunehmend …