Articles by Baher Kamal

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Xenophobia: ‘Hate Is Mainstreamed, Walls Are Back, Suspicion Kills’
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 27 Jun 2016

“The roll-back of violent extremism calls for an in-depth approach informed by the genesis and evolution of radicalisation, its link with citizenship and possible tipping point into violence… There also needs to be a better understanding of short-cuts to violent extremism that do not transit through radicalisation.” — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

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What If Turkey Drops Its “Human Bomb” on Europe?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 27 Jun 2016

The question is anything but trivial—it is rather a source of deep concern among the many non-governmental humanitarian organisations and the United Nations, which are making relentless efforts to fill the huge relief gaps caused by the apparent indifference of those powers who greatly contributed to creating this unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

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World Oceans Day, 8 Jun – A Death Sea Called Mediterranean
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 13 Jun 2016

It is also a huge salty lake, being a semi-enclosed sea with only two tiny points of contact with open oceans-the Suez Canal in the East and the Gibraltar Straits in the West. Its waters need between 80 and 150 years to be renewed in contact with open oceans. In other words, a drop of polluted water remains there, circulating for a whole century on average.

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Humanitarian Aid – Business as Unusual?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 13 Jun 2016

9 Jun 2016 – Big business is most often seen by human rights defenders and civil society organisations as “bad news,” as those huge heartless, soulless corporations whose exclusive goal is to make the biggest profits possible. Too often and in too many cases this is a proven fact.

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Humanitarian Summit, the Big Fiasco
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 30 May 2016

The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul on May 23-24 failed to achieve the objective of attracting the massive funds needed to alleviate the humanitarian drama, as neither the leaders of the Group-of-7 richest countries nor of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council attended, with the exception of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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‘We Cannot Keep Jumping from Crisis to Crisis’
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 May 2016

20 May 2016 – “We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis. We have to invest in long-term development that helps people cope with shocks so that they can continue to grow enough food for their communities and not require emergency aid.” — Josefina Stubbs, Chief Strategist of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development message to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

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Middle East – The Mother of All Humanitarian Crises
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 May 2016

The Istanbul World Humanitarian Summit will focus on five key areas: to prevent and end conflict; to respect the rules of war; to leave no one behind; to work differently to end need, and to invest in humanity.

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‘Human Suffering Has Reached Staggering Levels’: UN Ban Ki-moon
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 May 2016

17 May 2016 – “Human suffering from the impacts of armed conflicts and disasters has reached staggering levels.” With these one dozen or few words, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, briefly but sharply portrayed the current humanitarian drama, explaining why the UN has decided to hold the first ever World Humanitarian Summit on May 23-24 this year in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Any Way to Halt Extremism?
Baher Kamal – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2016

“While it may be inevitable to draw on examples, such as Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] or Boko Haram, the phenomenon of violent extremism conducive to terrorism is not rooted or confined to any religion, region, nationality or ethnic group. Let us also recognize that today, the vast majority of victims worldwide are Muslims,” — UN chief Ban Ki-moon

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Climate Change: Will the Middle East Become ‘Uninhabitable’? (I)
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 25 Apr 2016

This is the first of a two-part series of reports focusing on the impact of climate change on the Middle East & North of Africa region, ahead of the signing ceremony of the Paris climate agreement, on 22 April 2016 in New York.

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Climate Change and the Middle East: No Water in the Kingdom of the Two Seas—Nor Elsewhere (II)
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 25 Apr 2016

This is part II of a two-part series of reports focusing on the impact of climate change on the Middle East & North of Africa region, ahead of the signing ceremony of the Paris climate agreement, on 22 April 2016 in New York.

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Climate: Africa’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 25 Apr 2016

This is how clear the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is when it comes to assessing the negative impact of climate change on this continent of 54 countries with a combined population of over 1,200 billion inhabitants. “No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa.”

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Can an Animal Heist Fable Help Solve the Middle East Crisis?
Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch, 18 Apr 2016

Make no mistake-the Middle East is the longest and perhaps the most complex crisis in recent History, this explaining the innumerable, successive –and frustrating- attempts to solve it.

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(Castellano) Situación de los refugiados, peor que la Primera Guerra Mundial
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 21 Mar 2016

14 mar 2016 – Cuando los líderes de la Unión Europea disfruten el jueves 17 y el viernes 18 de sus vuelos exclusivos, sus suites de lujo y sus limusinas oficiales, en una nueva cumbre en Bruselas, para adoptar una decisión final sobre su propuesto plan de usar los refugiados como moneda de cambio, es probable que 20.000 sirios sigan aún en el campo de refugiados de Idomeni en Grecia, en una situación descrita como “peor que la Primera Guerra Mundial”.

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‘Worse Than World War I’
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 21 Mar 2016

14 Mar 2016 – When the leaders of 28 European states enjoy again this week their exclusive flights, luxurious suites and official limousines, to meet for a new summit in Brussels to adopt a final decision on their proposed plan of using refugees as bargaining chips, 20.000 Syrians will most probably be still starving in the Idomeni camp in Greece, in a situation that has been described as “worse than World War I.”

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(Castellano) Europa a Turquía: Tome mis iraquíes y deme algunos sirios
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 14 Mar 2016

8 mar 2016 – En otra violación de las leyes internacionales y sus propios valores humanos, 28 países europeos acaban de acordar con Turquía abrir un nuevo “bazar” de refugiados, esta vez utilizando el viejo sistema de trueque: iraquíes y afganos a cambio de sirios y algo de dinero.

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‘Take My Iraqis and Give Me Some Syrians’ – Europe to Turkey
Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch, 14 Mar 2016

8 March 2016 – In a yet another violation of international laws and their own human values, 28 European countries have just agreed with Turkey to open a new “bazaar” of refugees, this time using the old barter system. i.e. Iraqis and Afghans in exchange of Syrians.

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(Castellano) Nueva Histeria Nuclear en Medio Oriente
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 7 Mar 2016

Ahora que el Organismo International de Energía Atómica anunció, el 18 de enero, que había verificado que Irán completó los pasos que aseguran que su programa nuclear será exclusivamente pacifico, una nueva ola de histeria nuclear parece haberse desatado ahora en la región. Véase de que se trata.

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(Castellano) África crea zona de intercambio para 620 millones de consumidores
Baher Kamal y Fareed Mahdy, 7 Mar 2016

24 feb 2016 – Más de 1.500 representantes de sectores financieros privados, expertos y líderes políticos decidieron el 20 y 21 de este mes lanzar el mayor bloque de intercambio comercial de África, de 26 países que suman 620 millones consumidores y un PIB de 1.200 billones de dólares.

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New Nuclear Hysteria in the Middle East
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 7 Mar 2016

Now that the so-called P5+1group (US, UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany) few months ago concluded an agreement with Iran to prevent the risk of an eventual military nuclear programme in exchange of lifting massive Western sanctions, a new wave of nuclear hysteria seems to be in the air.

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Africa Launches Largest Trading Block with 620 Million Consumers
Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch, 29 Feb 2016

22 Feb 2016 – More than 1,500 public and private business delegates and state leaders agreed on 20-21 February in Egypt to mobilize massive investments for the implementation of Africa’s largest trading bloc which was created last year by 26 African countries with a total of 620 million consumers and a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) nearing 1,2 trillion dollars.

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Big War Lords Playing Brinkmanship Game in Syria
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 22 Feb 2016

The biggest “official” warlords on Earth—the Russian military apparatus and the US Pentagon and its “allies”–Europe, the US-led NATO, the Saudi Arabia-led Gulf countries, and Turkey, have just walked a step closer to the edge of the Middle East abyss over the weekend during their Munich Security Conference.

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(Castellano) Los grandes señores de la guerra, listos para invadir Siria
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 22 Feb 2016

Los grandes señores de la guerra “oficiales”, es decir el aparato militar ruso y el Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos y sus “aliados” -Europa, la OTAN, los países del Golfo liderados por Arabia Saudita, y Turquía- dieron el último fin de semana un paso más hacia el abismo de Medio Oriente durante su Conferencia de Seguridad de Múnich.

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Cameron At Large: Want Not to Become a Terrorist? Speak Fluent English!
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 8 Feb 2016

4 Feb 2016 – “Do you speak English fluently? No? Then you risk becoming a terrorist.” IPS posed this dilemma to some young Muslim women living in Cairo, while explaining that this appears to be David Cameron’s formula to judge the level of Muslim women’s risk to fall, passively, into the horrific trap of extremism.

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Women’s Rights First — African Summit
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 8 Feb 2016

1 Feb 2016 – Despite the enormous challenges facing Africa now, the leaders of its 1.2 billion plus inhabitants have decided to spotlight the issue of Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women in their 26th summit held in Addis Ababa on 21-31 January this year. Why?

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(Castellano) África, ¿es noticia solo si sangra?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 25 Jan 2016

Las raíces profundas que yacen debajo de la mayoría de los dramas africanos: largos siglos de colonialismo, esclavitud, empobrecimiento, dilapidación de los recursos naturales por corporaciones transnacionales, millonarias ventas de armas a las partes en conflicto, extendido acaparamiento de tierras y el grave impacto del cambio climático, causado lejos de África por los países industrializados, son solo algunos de ellos.

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Africa, Only If It Bleeds It Leads?
Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch, 25 Jan 2016

Deep roots lying beneath most African dramas: centuries-long colonialism; slavery; massive depletion of natural resources by voracious multinational corporations; big sales of western weapons to parties in conflicts; extensive land grabbing and the heavy impact of climate change caused far away from Africa by industrialized states, just to mention some.

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Seven Top Challenges Facing African Women
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service, 25 Jan 2016

These challenges are now top on the agenda of the “8thAfrican Union Gender Pre-Summit on 2016 African Year of Human Rights,with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women” taking place in Addis Ababa on 17 – 21 January.

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Once Auctioned, What to Do with the ‘Stock’ of Syrian Refugees?
Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch, 18 Jan 2016

13 Jan 2016 – Few months ago, an unprecedented “humanitarian auction” was opened in Brussels at the European Commission, shortly after watching the image of the three-year old Syrian child that the sea threw up on the Turkish shores. The “auction” was about deciding upon the number of Syrian refugees to be hosted by each EU country.

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… And All of a Sudden, Syria!
Baher Kamal, IPS - Human Wrongs Watch, 11 Jan 2016

5 Jan 2015 – The “big five” – i.e., the most military powerful states on earth (US, UK, France, Russia and China) have just agreed that it would be about time to end the Syrian five-year long human tragedy.

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Silence, Please! A New Middle East Is in the Making
Baher Kamal, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2015

When, in June 2006, former US National Security adviser and, later on, Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, spelled out the George W. Bush administration new, magic doctrine for the Middle East, tons of ink was poured and millions of words said in a harsh attempt to speculate with what she really did mean by what she called “Creative Chaos.”

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(Castellano) Medio Oriente: Toneladas de tinta y millones de palabras pero…
Baher Kamal, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2015

Este es un análisis de Baher Kamal, periodista de nacionalidad española y origen egipcio, donde desmitifica alguno de los estereotipos más comunes sobre los árabes, la región de Medio Oriente, los musulmanes y el islam.

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The Over-Written, Under-Reported Middle East – Part I: Of Arabs and Muslims
Baher Kamal, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2015

Egyptian-born, Spanish-national, secular journalist Baher Kamal tries to demystify some of the most common stereotypes circulating around the Middle East region.

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The Over-Written, Under-Reported Middle East – Part II: 99.5 Years of (Imposed) Solitude
Baher Kamal, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2015

Baher Kamal tries to demystify some of the most common stereotypes circulating around the Middle East region. Here he explains some of the roots of its drama.

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Chinese Logic
Baher Kamal – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2015

Henry Kissinger once asked Chou En-Lai to theorize on what might have happened if Nikita Khrushchev had been assassinated instead of John F. Kennedy.

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Password
Baher Kamal – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Dec 2014

WINDOWS: Please enter your new password.
USER: cabbage

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Palestine – Chronicle of a Foretold Death
Baher Kamal, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 May 2014

A quick look at the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would suffice to conclude that the process leading to creating a Palestinian State living side by side with Israel had already been sentenced to failure 117 years ago.

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Egypt in the Rear Mirror (II): Who Are the Not-So-Invisible Powers Behind the Troglodytes?
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 7 Apr 2014

Cairo, 26 March 2014 – “If you cannot win them, join them” seems to be the old British political principle that Washington has been applying to its plans to re-design the Arab region, always under the recurrent public pretext of the “war on terrorism.”

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Egypt in the Rear Mirror (I): The Irresistible Temptation to Analyse What One Ignores
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 31 Mar 2014

Simply one thing is to live the events, witness them, be immersed in them, having been born there and understanding the culture and language of the people, and quite a different thing is to just surf in Internet and watch TV as a way to asses and further judge what is going on in a very far away country.

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Who Dares to Challenge a 32 Billion-Dollar Business – Human Trafficking?
Baher Kamal – Human Wrongs Watch, 31 Oct 2011

After weapons and drugs, human trafficking is the third most lucrative criminal business in the world – a 32 billion-dollar global industry, which is estimated to be exploiting over 2.4 million people, two-thirds of them women and children. Who dares to challenge such a huge business?

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