Analysis

A Decade After the Syrian Revolution: Accomplishments and Relapses

This time every year, I look at my life and reflect on where I am physically, professionally, personally, and emotionally.  This year, however, marks the turn of a full decade since the Arab Spring—and a full decade for me as...

The Koblenz Trial: Transitional Justice and the Work Ahead

Over a year ago, on April 23, 2020, the first trial against Syrian regime officials for their involvement in crimes against humanity began in the small town of Koblenz, Germany. The defendants—Anwar Raslan and Eyad Al-Gharib—worked in one of Syria’s...

Fifteen Years of Blockade and Short-term Aid for Gazans

This past month, Gazans entered their 15th year under Israeli and Egyptian blockade, under which over two million people are cut off from the world. The escalations this past May were another cycle of violence known too well to generations...

Is it already a year?!

I still remember Sarah the cheerful, the curious, the passionate, the fighter, the heroine, the fragile, the resilient, the inspiring, the rebellious woman. Not only was she my friend, but also my compass, my Sarah. Despite the hustle and bustle,...

Q&A with Sana Mustafa: “We are all forcibly displaced under different labels by international law”

TIMEP speaks to Sana Mustafa, the Director of Partnerships and Engagement at Asylum Access, about hers and her family's path out of Syria, settling in a new country, and the wide range of challenges that refugee must navigate to secure...

Narratives and Social Media: Palestinians’ Uphill Battle

Earlier this year, Facebook launched its human rights policy during a session at the Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF 2021), stressing its goal “to be a place for equality, safety, dignity, and free speech.” Ironically, one of the first instances...

NDP to NFP: Rebranding or Restructuring Parliamentary Life in Egypt?

Egypt is in the process of building the largest parliamentary building in the Middle East in its New Administrative Capital. Last year elections were held for a new upper chamber of parliament—the Senate—which was added in the latest round of...

The Contested Politics of Coptic Diasporic Activism

On November 6, 1972, assailants set fire to the headquarters of the Holy Bible Society in Al-Khanka, Qalyubia, because Coptic villagers had been using part of the building as an unlicensed church. A few days later in response, Pope Shenouda...

North Sinai’s Information Blackout

As kinetic operations have ebbed and flowed in Egypt’s North Sinai throughout the last eight years, residents have endlessly borne the brunt of instability from violent attacks, air strikes, and the far-reaching impacts of deep infrastructural damage. In addition to...

Egypt’s Officials Don’t See Unrecognized Religious Minorities

Egyptian institutions do not officially recognize some religious minorities. As a result these minorities do not receive a set of basic constitutional rights, most notably the freedom of religion, belief, opinion and expression. In addition, their followers are subject to...