Commentary

Who Will Benefit from Tunisia’s Green Hydrogen Strategy?

As the global energy sector sought to revamp itself over recent years, several countries around the world have joined a frantic race toward green hydrogen—crowned the “energy of the future.” In Tunisia, a green hydrogen strategy is underway. While this...

Intensified Crackdown on Civil Society in Libya Further Embeds Impunity

Amid the indefinite postponement of elections and deep political divisions that continue to fragment Libya, the widespread clampdown on the country’s civic space has escalated in the recent period with a rife culture of impunity undermining efforts to ensure accountability...

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Legal Frameworks and Recent Developments

Hamza Ajjan, Ali Hamdan al-Asani, Ghina Abu Saleh, Sherif Khaled al-Ahmad, Mamoun al-Nabhan, Ahmed Al-Ali, Muhammed el-Bish, Nail al-Naif, Sultan Jabna, and Faris Muhammed Al-Ali: these are all names of young victims of hate crimes committed by Turkish nationals among...

Erasing Palestine: Meta Must Act to Redress its Censorship of Palestinian Voices

Facebook’s and Instagram’s policies violated the fundamental human rights of Palestinians, according to a due diligence report commissioned by the platforms’ parent company, Meta, and published in September 2022. The long-awaited report, which came after much delay and anticipation from...

Who Is this COP for? 

Since November 6, all eyes have been on Egypt as the annual UN Climate Change Conference inaugurated its 27th edition in Sharm El Sheikh, a primarily touristic resort town by the Red Sea.  So far, COP27 has been quite eventful....

A Silenced MENA Youth Climate Activism Under COP 27

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been facing a set of economic, social, political, and climate crises, impacting all aspects of life. The region’s youth have been affected the most by the magnitude of these crises, as...

Gabès, a Victim of Industrial Pollution in Tunisia 

On June 5, 2022, the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Environment Conference, which led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Program and to the designation of June 5 as World Environment Day. At...

The Walls Close in on Syrian Refugees in Lebanon as Repatriation Plans Begin

The official repatriation of Syrian refugees from Lebanon started on October 26, with the Lebanese General Security announcing that 750 refugees were expected to return to Syria on that day. This operation took place two weeks after Lebanese President Michel...

COP 27: These Checks Look Very Blank to Me 

“No more blank checks for Trump’s favorite dictator.”  The words rang in my skull as I read the announcement: President Biden might attend this year’s United Nations climate summit, known as COP 27, hosted by Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh.  My...

With or Without an IMF Deal, Tunisia Faces a Rough Road to Recovery

On October 15, 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that it had reached a staff-level agreement with Tunisia, one year and a half after Hichem Mechichi’s government had officially requested a new financing program, and one year after Najla...