Africa’s Last Colony

Western Sahara - the region in question, is a strip of land stretching from Morocco to the North and Mauritania to the south and east, sharing short borderline with Algeria with long coastline of Atlantic Ocean to the west. Since mid 70's desert country is a hot point of dispute between the Kingdom of Morocco …

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“The most Alien looking place on Earth” – Suquotra Island

I haven’t been there. My friend has. In the paradise on Earth. Pure, wired, serene, beautiful.   It was almost 7 years ago, when we both lived in Sana – capital city of the Yemen. Asmir, my friend from Montenegro went there for a trip to visit the island and make some plans with local …

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Vision 2030, Saudi women driving and what’s next?

Until June 2018 Saudi Arabia will be the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. Almost three weeks ago, on 26th of September king Salman in royal decree announced that the kingdom will finally join the rest of the world and abandon the restriction. The decision was made after consulting …

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Let no one say Kurds are dead, they are living

  More than ever - "...they are living". Those are the words of Kurdish National Anthem, which were chanted just one week ago, on Monday 25th of September in Northern Iraq and elsewhere in the world, where live the Kurds. On the day 72% of eligible to vote took to the polling stations and voted …

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Desert people’s cuisine

We were eating and crying. Not because the taste was horrible, it was just very spicy. Saltah – Yemeni traditional dish, we were invited to share for a few days a week during seven months living in Sana. Cuisine of the Yemen is an unique mixture of local goods with some influences from India, Africa …

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What is wrong with GCC?

None. This is exactly how many refugees accepted rich GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries by the official statistics. Their refusal prompted angry responses on social media from shocked individuals to high ranked activists. In September 2015 Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth tweeted: “It speaks volumes when migrants choose European hostility over fellow Arabs …

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At the source of Polish Islamophobia.

   Whenever I go back to Poland I ought to be careful what kind of subject I discuss with my friends and family so I can see them off at the airport and be keen to plan next visit. Like many of my nationals, also my relatives are not really welcoming towards people of different …

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Land of Canaan. Part III, 50 years of turmoil.

After 1967 Six Day War further history of Israel resembles the first 20 years of its existence, with more military conflicts with Arabs and Palestinian insurgency. Great Jewish victory didn’t deter their foes from trying to retake the land. In some cases it actually proved to cause exactly opposite effect. Humiliated Arab leaders decided to …

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Why not ‘why’ and why ‘when’? Qatar crisis.

   On Monday 5th of June several Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain) followed by Egypt and the Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, gave its’ citizens two weeks to leave and only 48 hours its’ diplomats to quit. Additionally Gulf countries closed land, sea and air borders isolating tiny peninsula.    The reasons for …

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My face is my identity

 Burka. With or against  People recognise one another not by looking at each other hands or backs but by looking at each other faces. There is something deeply disturbing and inhuman in forcing somebody to cover it and live behind the veil.  Nevertheless, given the opportunity I would not vote to ban burka. Mainly because …

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