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Baria Alamuddin

Baria Alamuddin is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK. She is editor of the Media Services Syndicate and has interviewed numerous heads of state.

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A century of progress is just the beginning

With hard-won gains in legal, academic and workplace rights, we are experiencing an exhilarating period for women. Ladies are engaging with the world with growing confidence and speaking out fearlessly on issues such as equal pay and sexual abuse.

March 07, 2018

Botched response to Daesh paves way for its expansion

One of the surest methods for radicalizing and alienating communities is the blunt instrument of collective punishment, which represents a fundamental breach of the laws of conflict. When you brutally treat whole populations as if they are the enemy, eventually they become your enemy.

March 04, 2018

Will a wounded Netanyahu pursue a Palestinian land-grab?

Poisonous snakes are most dangerous when cornered. We should thus pay very careful attention to Benjamin Netanyahu’s political maneuvering as he seeks to divert attention from his all-consuming corruption scandals.

February 25, 2018

Syria’s bloody downward spiral farther into hell

For some time, the best the media could say about Syria’s gruesome conflict was: “At least it’s grinding to a close.” This supposed light at the end of the tunnel has been the international community’s sole justification for failing to lift a finger to halt the carnage.

February 18, 2018

The opening skirmishes of a catastrophic new conflict

The world awoke on Saturday to an ominous new chapter in the escalating, multifronted war that is tearing the Middle East apart.

February 11, 2018

Can Tehran’s proxies clinch electoral victories in Iraq and Lebanon?

Within a week of each other this May, two elections will have decisive consequences for the balance of power in the Middle East.

February 04, 2018

Is the world ready for the consequences of starving Palestinians of hope?

Many US administrations have come and gone which were blatantly biased toward Israel, but never have we seen an administration that is as hostile toward the Palestinians as the current one.

January 29, 2018

In the drugs and arms trade, is Iran getting away with murder?

Possibly one of the biggest scandals of the Obama administration was the blocking of active investigations into Hezbollah and Iran’s complicity in the deadly global trade in drugs and armaments.

January 21, 2018

Ahed Tamimi: Palestinian heroism in microcosm

There could be no better metaphor for the injustices of the occupation than the case of Ahed Tamimi. This courageous young activist faces the possibility of life in prison for slapping two heavily armed Israeli troopers.

January 14, 2018

Crackdown won’t prevent change from coming to Iran

Decade after decade, the Islamic Republic of Iran has experienced regular explosions of popular anger: Mass student protests in 1999, the Green Movement in 2009 — and now 2018. How do these latest protests differ from what came before?

January 08, 2018