Middle East

‘Voor Israël begint de oorlog in Oekraïne in Syrië’

‘Voor Israël begint de oorlog in Oekraïne in Syrië’

Israël bevindt zich nogal in een spagaat wanneer het gaat over de oorlog in Oekraïne. Enerzijds is het een trouwe bondgenoot van de Verenigde Staten en het Westen, anderzijds onderhoudt het goede relaties met zowel Rusland als Oekraïne. Israël werpt zich nu op als...

Narcoterrorism: Venezuela, Hezbollah and a cocaine invasion

Narcoterrorism: Venezuela, Hezbollah and a cocaine invasion

Hezbollah militants backed by Iranian mullahs plotting alongside Venezuelan generals, Colombian revolutionaries and drug lords to first flood the US with cocaine and then launch the next 9/11 attack. It sounds like your typical Hollywood action flick, yet it stems...

ICONOGRAPHY OF A REAL AND IMAGINARY EGYPT

ICONOGRAPHY OF A REAL AND IMAGINARY EGYPT

Youssef Nabil left Egypt in 2003, yet really never left. With his hand-painted photographs and videos he created his own personal iconography of the Egypt he loved, the Egypt that once was and he wishes to preserve. Inspired by cinema, it is an imaginary Egypt, yet...

The curious case of Assad Barakat: Evil Genius or Scapegoat?

The curious case of Assad Barakat: Evil Genius or Scapegoat?

EXECUTIVE MAGAZINE; Nov. 8, 2018  Text/ images Peter Speetjens   More than a year has passed since US President Donald Trump stood on the White House lawn and promised an answer to the “menace” of Hezbollah. The Americans have long had Hezbollah in their crosshairs,...

TOTAL REBIRTH OF COOL

TOTAL REBIRTH OF COOL

Hassan Hajjaj gives you the Orient In all its warmth and colors. Yet his is not a nostalgic Orient that stood still in time. No, his orient has fully come to grips with modernity. His does not fear or resent it, but embraced and enriched it. Hassan talks about...

Netanyahu in India: Shared Ideologies, Shared Enemies

Netanyahu in India: Shared Ideologies, Shared Enemies

When Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister ever to set foot in Israel in July 2017, he made a quick stop at the grave of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the World Zionist Organization and spiritual father of modern Israel. The 67-year-old placed a small...

Calling for a boycott of Israel is not anti-Semitic

Calling for a boycott of Israel is not anti-Semitic

The Dutch chapter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement recently asked me to write an essay for Art, Solidarity and Palestine, a day of conferences and debate about the pros and cons of an Israeli boycott due to be held on 29 November, the United...

A Cash Cow of Suffering

A Cash Cow of Suffering

"There are so many foreigners here — the whole world loves us,” said Um Ali, as she and her son shuffled through the endless sands of Zaatari Camp, the tent city in northern Jordan, which by mid-September was home to some 31,000 Syrian refugees and, indeed, an...