Guest pens

People of the border

Osama Diab

January 2009 – Rafah, a city divided between Gaza and Egypt, and between war and peace, prays for the opening of the border crossing. Read on


The human cost of cluster bombs

Katleen Maes

September 2008 – Cluster bombs continue to hurt people and their livelihoods years after they were dropped. Read on


The ICC and Darfur

Tom Kenis

September 2008 – The ICC indictment of Sudan’s leadership merits a balanced appraisal. Read on


Uri Avnery v Khaled Diab

One state or two?

July 2007 – Could a ‘one-state’ solution end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Read on


Small bombs, big trouble

Katleen Maes

June 2007 – There are renewed hopes of an international treaty on cluster munitions – although the only way forward is to ban them. Read on


Exchange of friendly fire

February 2007 – Anat el-Hashahar, an Israeli and founder of METalks, debates the Arab-Israeli conflict – from Oslo to Lebanon – with Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist and writer. Read on


No defeating hate

February 2007 – Marina Werbeloff gives her opinion on the METalks experiment. Read on


A letter to the Israeli premier

December 2006 – Tom Kenis urges the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to soften his government’s toughening policy towards ‘family unification’ in the Palestinian territories. Read on

Out now!!

Fatal Footprint

The global human impact of cluster munitions

Fatal Footprint is the first comprehensive study systematically analysing the impact of cluster munitions on civilian populations through casualty data. It reveals that 98% of casualties are civilians, and most of those ordinary people going about their daily business. Find out more


More to life than window dressing

August 2006 – Badra Djait, an advisor to Flemish integration minister Marino Keulen, was born and raised among Gent’s small but close-knit Algerian community. Here, she recounts what it was like growing up as a woman in two cultures and traditions. Read on

Het pad naar persoonlijke onafhankelijkheid
Badra Djait, een adviseur van Vlaams Minister van Inburgering Marino Keulen, is in Gent geboren en opgegroeid als een lid van de kleine en hechte Algerijnse gemeenschap daar. Hier, vertelt ze haar ervaring als een vrouw die leeft tussen twee culturen. Lees meer


Abuse freedoms and we all lose
February 2006 – It is not freedom of expression that is under threat, but the right to human dignity, argues Tom Kenis. Read on


Extraordinary renditions –
The playwright and the president

January 2006 – Jeff Sommers, Khaled Diab and Charles Woolfson explore the dynamics between playwright and president as American foreign policy stands in the dock. Read on


Vrij van angst

By Katleen Maes

September 2005 – EEN zonnige lentedag in april, in de vroegere grensstreek tussen Noord- en Zuid-Jemen. Drie meisjes van 11 hoeden schapen in een idyllisch berglandschap. Plotseling struikelt een van hen, haar voet zit vast in een gat in de grond. Nog geen vijf seconden later, een enorme knal. Ze heeft in het gat een landmijn geraakt, verstopt in een wit gemarkeerde en dus - zo dachten de meisjes - veilige zone. Ze had geluk, enkele uren later was ze in het ziekenhuis, levend en wel, al mist ze nu een been en enkele vingers. Read on


Testing Mubarak’s democracy

September 2005 – A young university student decides to put Egyptian democracy to the test by joining an opposition party, giving his support to one of the other presidential candidates and revealing his real name in print. Read on


Between democrat and autocrat

September 2005 – Hosni Mubarak may be a semi-authoritarian ruler, but he takes his legacy seriously and has a genuine vision for a democratic future for Egypt, argues Carlos Tiny*. Read on


Egypt 2008

September 2005 – Hosni Mubarak dies suddenly in 2008 and the presidency is up for grabs, KM peers into the future… Read on


A woman’s handbook to Yemen

By Katleen Maes

July 2005 – In the first of a two-part series, Katleen Maes recounts her experiences travelling alone through the mysterious man’s world of Yemen. Read on


Part III – A Meccan tragedy

December 2004 – Spurred by both spiritual and secular curiosity, Andy Scott jumped at the chance to go to Mecca on Hajj and exercise his dormant acquired religion. In this final episode, tragedy strikes as the Hajj winds up. Read on


Taking up peace, putting down arms

October 2004 – Sistani won his peaceful protest in Najaf. But Gandhian methods in the Middle East must substitute rather than supplement violence, writes Brian Whitaker. Read on


Part II – A Mecca for pilgrims

October 2004 – Spurred by both spiritual and secular curiosity, Andy Scott jumped at the chance to go to Mecca on hajj and exercise his dormant acquired religion. In part II, he finds himself in the holy city, acquainting himself with the rituals and significance of the Hajj. Read on


Part I – A milestone on the road to Mecca

August 2004 – Spurred by both spiritual and secular curiosity, Andy Scott jumped at the chance to go to Mecca on hajj and exercise his dormant acquired religion. In a special two-part series, he recounts his leap of faith performing one of Islam’s five pillars, and arguably its most unique. Read on




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