Sam Hamad is a Scottish-Egyptian writer based in Edinburgh.
The fate of Idlib ought to be the major concern of the free world, yet all it garners, at best, is a few words of concern and condemnation.
The CIA has alerted Norway that an activist living there is under threat from Saudi Arabia, bringing back memories of the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the grim reality that no one has been held accountable.
The Trump administration's move towards labelling the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation is a culmination of the marriage of counter-revolutionaries in the Middle East and the far-right in the West.
The recent referendum in Egypt extends President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's tenure - but more importantly, it is a complete capture of Egypt's institutions.
The continued imprisonment of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's vision for reform is about optics, not change.
The US is supporting a joint Saudi-UAE effort to stamp out democratic movements in the region.
The terrorist attack in Christchurch did not take place in a vacuum and is a reflection of decades of the othering and dehumanisation of Muslims.
It's been eight years since the revolt in Egypt and the irony is that the country is more authoritarian now then it's ever been - and so are its backers.
Egypt's Abdul Fatah el Sisi is preparing the ground to demolish constitutional term limits, and he will probably get away with it.
Europe's far-right is using the Israeli model as a blueprint for their xenophobic agenda at home. Despite rising anti-semitism in parts of Europe, Israel seems to have no qualms in cosying up to the far-right.
The Saudi public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for those involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. If the punishment is carried out, we might never know who ordered the killing.
The Libya conference set up in Palermo Italy was a non-starter. It managed to achieve little more than showing that the European powers involved in Libya are a massive part of the rut that the country is stuck in.
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