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Sharif Nashashibi

Sharif Nashashibi is an award-winning journalist and commentator on Arab affairs.

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In this year of anniversaries, how much longer must Palestine wait?

The effect of the infamous Balfour Declaration was best summed up by the late British author and journalist Arthur Koestler: “One nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third.” It had no legal or moral right to do so.

November 02, 2017

To succeed, secession bids require recognition

Weeks on from their independence referendums, both the Catalans and Kurds are undoubtedly on the back foot. Neither leadership has yet declared independence, and the likelihood of doing so — let alone implementing it — is receding.

October 26, 2017

The irresistible force and the immovable objects

If one had been told in advance that in the space of a fortnight there would be two independence referendums — one in Europe, the other in the Middle East, one peaceful and orderly, the other chaotic and violent — the assumption would be that the chaotic one would take place in the Middle East.

October 09, 2017

The media role in Brits’ bad attitude toward the Arab world

The Arab News/YouGov poll on the attitudes of UK residents toward the Arab world makes for largely depressing reading.

September 25, 2017

The moral case for Kurdish independence

My change of stance on Kurdish self-determination occurred about 15 years ago as something of an epiphany.

September 20, 2017

A ‘truly credible election’ in Syria? The UN envoy is dreaming

“What we are seeing is… the beginning of the end of this war,” UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday, referring to his prediction that Daesh’s remaining Syrian strongholds will fall by the end of October.

September 07, 2017

The risks of not postponing the Kurdish independence vote

Senior Iraqi Kurdish official Mala Bakhtiar on Monday raised the possibility of postponing next month’s independence referendum in return for economic and political concessions from the central government in Baghdad.

August 24, 2017

A suicide bombing and what it means for Hamas

In the absence of a claim of responsibility for Thursday’s suicide bombing in Gaza, which killed a Hamas security man and injured several others, speculation has ensued over who was behind it, with fingers understandably pointing at Daesh.

August 19, 2017