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Iran and its Discontents: Revolutionary Women and Minorities in 2022


The 2022 “Woman, Life, Freedom” Movement in Iran highlighted how girls, women, ethnic, and religious minorities have emerged as leaders in the struggle, a phenomenon not uncommon as the marginalized frequently become catalysts for revolution.

Advocacy and Social Movements

Sheikha Munira Al-Qubaysi: Managing a Feminist Islamic Revivalist Movement in Authoritarian Syria


Sheikha Munira Qubaysi is not a household name when it comes to recalling influential people in the Middle East. However, her recent passing shook the region to its core since her prominence was both seen and felt throughout modern Syria after leading generations of Muslim women in an Islamic revivalist movement.

Advocacy and Social Movements

Fighting to Exist: LGBTQ Organizations in the Maghreb


While much of the Western world has provided legal protections for the LGBTQ community, this is not the case in most of the Islamic world.

Gender, Race and Identity

Resistance and Counter-Memories in Persian Black Metal


Black metal artists in Iran use their art to preserve their ancient heritage and defy social norms.

Advocacy and Social Movements

New generation of African leaders must speak truth to power-Sam Jonah


For African countries to address their political, economic and development challenges, the new generation of leaders from the continent must speak truth to power. This was the opinion of Sir Sam Jonah, the CEO of Jonah Capital during an interview with Africa Policy Journal’s Enitan Okedji, Lead Interview Editor (Policy Engagement).  Sam Jonah was in […]

Political power should be transferred to the youth-Zimbabwe’s Fadzayi Mahere


As Zimbabwe heads to the polls in April 2023, spokesperson for the opposition Citizen Coalition for Change, Fadzayi Mahere, has stated that it is time for the youth to take over the mantle of leadership in the country. Mahere was speaking during an interview with Africa Policy Journal in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There are more than […]


Understanding the Kurdish Student Protests


Sarkawt Shamsulddin provides his insights on the recent student protests in Kurdistan, what led to them, and what they mean for the region.

“The pain of refugees is a part of me . . .”


Interview with Jay (Jihad) Abdo. Photo credits to Fadia Afashe. On 24 October 2020 Syrian-American Hollywood actor Jay (Jihad) Abdo cast his vote for the first time ever in a presidential election. He and his wife Fadia Afashe, a lawyer and visual artist, were never allowed to participate in free elections before or even have […]

Human Rights

Civil Unrest and Popular Discontent: What to know about the recent rift among the Jordanian Hashemites


The morning of Saturday, April 3rd, reports of an alleged national security threat targeted at the reigning Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, by his younger half-brother, Prince Hamzah, were headlining news sources across the world. Recently, Prince Hamzah has been publicly critical of King Abdullah II’s rule during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  In a […]

“The only thing I could give the revolution and the Syrian people is my voice … it’s all I have.”


Lubana Al Quntar is a rare talent that, if given the proper support, has the power to uplift her entire nation, putting Syria, and the Arab World, on the map of classical opera globally. Yet, in Assad’s Syria talents like hers are systematically eliminated.

Millennials are embracing labor organising during Covid-19


The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in Manhattan is known for its vast collections of contemporary art, not the workers who keep it running. However, as its galleries shut down, MoMA’s labor organizing has gone on display. Thanks to the advocacy of its five unions, when MoMA shut its doors during Covid-19, […]

Education, Training and Labor

The Revolution Must Not Be Gaslighted


All fifty states in the U.S and over thirty countries around the world have participated in the protests initiated by the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. As coverage of the protests continued through the first week, the conversation unsurprisingly moved away from the police’s disproportionate […]

Advocacy and Social Movements

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