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Seeing the Political in Baghdad’s Shopping Malls

by Omar Sirri

I could barely hear Abu Abdallah over the generator outside. As I got up to shut the door to the caravan that he called his office, he deadpanned: ‘hadha al-sowt yuwannis, lazem t’awid alay’ (This sound brings joy, you should get used to it). Mocking the country’s infamous electricity services, Abu Abdallah, a representative on a neighbourhood […]

January 9th, 2020|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|
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    ‘Creating a Revolution is Easy, Maintaining it is Difficult’: The Iran Protests (Part 1)

‘Creating a Revolution is Easy, Maintaining it is Difficult’: The Iran Protests (Part 1)

by Ghoncheh Tazmini

Referring to Iran’s recent protests over the fuel price hike, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei inveighed that the violence was part of a ‘very dangerous conspiracy’ led by foreign agitators. Subversive elements, he argued, had failed to engineer a crisis despite the torching of 731 banks and 140 public institutions, according to Interior Ministry estimates.

In video footage, an eye […]

December 11th, 2019|Featured, Iran|1 Comment|

Are Global Youth Protests Learning from the Arab Spring?

by Alcinda Honwana

A second wave of global protests following the Arab Spring has brought youth onto the streets to voice their frustrations. United across time-zones and cultures, these young people are responding to shared challenges of political and economic exclusion. But no longer settling for a change in leadership, protesters are using new forms of mobilisation to challenge political monopolies […]

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    Sexualities and LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa

Sexualities and LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa

by Polly Withers
This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a panel organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 26 February 2019. 

In February 2019, the LSE Middle East Centre workshop titled “Sexualities and LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa” aimed to create a space for critical interventions on sexualities and approaches to activism […]

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    Can Iraq’s Revolution Succeed? Reflections from a Protest Movement at a Crossroads

Can Iraq’s Revolution Succeed? Reflections from a Protest Movement at a Crossroads

by Christine McCaffray van den Toorn and Raad Alkadiri

Six weeks into the latest unrest in Iraq, protests in Baghdad and the southern provinces show no sign of abating. What began in the capital in early October as relatively small demonstrations bemoaning a lack of jobs and government corruption has turned into something far bigger and far-more consequential: a fully-fledged social […]

November 7th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|

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