Article Archives

2013

President Bouteflika should not stand in 2014 but will leave a positive legacy behind him – 18 November 2013
Asharq al-Awsat- English
Asharq al-Awsat – Arabic

France must follow the example shown by a more racially tolerant Britain – 10 November 2013
The Observer

French voters turned to the National Front as a protest – 15 October 2013
The Guardian

Sudan’s fledgling Arab Spring faces Bashir’s iron fist – 02 October 2013
Al Arabiya

‘After the wedding, fear set in’: a Yemeni child bride’s story – 01 October 2013
The Guardian – G2 Magazine

Don’t follow France’s burqa ban. It has curbed liberty and justice – 22 September 2013
The Observer

Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria – 01 September 2013
The Observer

Exactly how far over the ‘red line’ does Assad need to go? – 27 August 2013
The National

Middle East Peace – Another Brick in The Wall – 22 August 2013
The NewStatesman

Le Pouvoir en Egypte criminalise les Frères Musulmans – 20 August 2013
Algérie-Focus

FC Barca score own goal on cruelly fudged peace tour – 13 August 2013
The National

Arab pop star adds his voice to the calls for a peace deal for Palestine – 11 August 2013
The Observer

The Arab spring is being stifled by the force of arms – 27 July 2013
The Observer

Army rule will never produce Arab democracy – 14 July 2013
Al Arabiya

Sexual violence in Egypt: ‘The target is a woman’ – 09 July 2013
Guardian – G2 Magazine

This is an unmitigated disaster for a free Egypt – 04 July 2013
The London Evening Standard

Syria: The refugee crisis is destabilising nations - 28 June / 04 July 2013
The New Statesman

François Hollande cosies up to Qatar with his principles in his pocket – 28 June 2013
The Guardian

The West offers platitudes but no answers on Syria - 18 June 2013
The National

Syria conflict: War children living in fear of violence in Jordan camp - 06 June 2013
The London Evening Standard

Hope of Arab Spring Tunisia still thrives - 24 May 2013
Al Arabiya

Saudi Arabia – ally of the UK and US – is inciting Syria’s civil war - 13 May 2013
The London Evening Standard

‘Crisis Creep’ in Syria shames international community - 12 May 2013
Al Arabiya

Saudi women are allowed to cycle – but only around in circles – 04 April 2013
The Guardian – G2 Magazine

Academic Paper – Women in the 1919 Egyptian Revolution: From Feminist Awakening to Nationalist Political Activism - March 2013
Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 14, Issue 2, Article 5, Mar-2013

Hamas’s ban on women running Gaza marathon is a missed opportunity - 06 March 2013
The Guardian

Algeria: Return of the Arab Strongman - February/March 2013
Notebook – Chatham House The World Today magazine

François Hollande should enjoy his Malian fillip while it lasts - 07 February 2013
The Guardian

Algeria is David Cameron’s surprising ally in the ‘war on terror’ - 30 January 2013
The Guardian

French operation in Mali, a new phase in the ‘global war on terror’ - 22 January 2013
Al Arabiya News

Algeria spills more blood - 18 January 2013
The Guardian

Algeria/Mali Crisis – Bleak landscape for a sinister war – 17 January 2013
The London Evening Standard

French mission to Mali part of long, dangerous tradition - 16 January 2013
The National

President Hollande should beware: Mali is a quagmire in the making akin to Afghanistan – 15 January 2013
The London Evening Standard

Assad’s New Year speech spelled despair for Syria – 07 January 2013
Al Arabiya News

2012

French-Algerians are still second-class citizens – 19 December 2012
The Guardian

The West expects too much, too soon of the Arab Spring – 10 December 2012
Op-Ed – The London Evening Standard

Deplorable: Hague accuses Israel of threatening peace deal – 04 December 2012
Daily Mirror

What Rachida Dati’s paternity case tells us about sexism in France – 27 November 2012
The Guardian – Feature for G2 Magazine

Egypt: A case of ‘new boss, same as the old boss’? – 25 November 2012
Al Arabiya News

Israel’s Gaza bombardment has put Palestine at the top of the Arab agenda – 24 November 2012
The Guardian

Inside Hamas: What drives young Palestinians in Gaza to kill six ‘informers’? – 24 November 2012
Feature – The London Evening Standard

Gaza Crisis: How the Arab Spring changed the language of democracy – 17 November 2012
Al Arabiya News

Beirut’s bombs are a message from Assad to the West – 23 October 2012
The London Evening Standard

Quel dommage: Hollande’s journalist girlfriend Trierweiler has joined the establishment – 22 October 2012
The Independent

French Socialists’ nomination of a black man as leader is a cynical act – 17 September 2012
The Guardian

Chris Stevens died at the hands of militants, not an offended mob – 13 September 2012
The Guardian

L’exodus… the wealthy Parisians escaping to London and elsewhere – 12 Septembre 2012
Feature – The Evening Standard

Europe’s Veil of Fear – August 2012
Think 2 – Qatar Foundation Current Affairs Global Magazine – Page 10

In response to riot Hollande repeats Sarkozy’s mistakes – 22 August 2012
The National

Carla Bruni statue – A tale of modern France – 06 August 2012
The Guardian

On Islamophobia – ‘Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics & Statistics about Muslims’ – July 2012
Article on pp. 4-5 jointly published by the British Council & the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge

The French minister for women has let down Muslim voters – 17 July 2012
The Guardian – Feature for G2 Magazine

London has influence over the civil war in Syria – 16 July 2012
The London Evening Standard

Fifty years after Algeria’s independence, France is still in denial – 05 July 2012
The Guardian

Colonial follies still trouble France 50 years after Algeria – 04 July 2012
The National

Dalma Malhas: What went wrong? Malhas was briefly set to make Olympic history as the first woman to compete for Saudi Arabia – 26 June 2012
The Guardian – Feature for G2 Magazine

The West need not fear Egypt’s Islamist leader – 25 June 2012
The London Evening Standard

Madonna was right to highlight the horror of Marine Le Pen – 06 June 2012
The Guardian

Egyptian women: ‘They were doing better under Mubarak’ – 04 June 2012
The Guardian – Feature for G2 Magazine

Cairo’s women have their say – but they have lost all their faith in the revolution – 24 May 2012
The Independent

Warda al-Jazairia gave us a soundtrack for the Arab Spring – 21 May 2012
The Guardian

A war-weary Algeria prefers slow reform over political turmoil – 17 May 2012
The National

Euro panic: Markets in Turmoil over Greece while new French leader hits out at Germany and Britain – 08 May 2012
Daily Mirror (scroll down for my Analysis)

A fiercely left-wing leader to strike fear into the hearts of France’s rich – 07 May 2012
The Independent

Young, Muslim and French – 26 April 2012
The Majalla

Sarkozy’s forlorn campaign deepened France’s divisions – 21 April 2012
The National

Ben Bella’s legacy: The path to peaceful democracy is rarely smooth – just look at Algeria – 15 April 2012
The Guardian

Can Nicolas Sarkozy survive mounting funding scandals – 31 March 2012
The Guardian

Toulouse killings: For French Muslims, this horror only makes matters worse – 23 March 2012
The Independent

Toulouse killings: Making political capital out of Mohammed Merah – 22 March 2012
The Guardian

How the Islamists took power – 29 February 2012
The Majalla

If you’re French you are better off in London – 09 February 2012
The London Evening Standard

2011

Unworthy of the guillotine, Paris’s graft is no less vile – 22 December 2011
The National

Anne Sinclair’s ‘woman of the year award’ is a repulsive deceit – 21 December 2011
The Guardian

The Conversation: Will the Arab revolutions be good for women? – 17 December 2011
The Guardian

The Eiffel Tower is not for greening – 02 December 2011
The Guardian

Police put the phone down on my complaint over Twitter racial abuse – 20 November 2011
The Observer

The Algerian Paradox – 09 November 2011
The Majalla

Now comes Libya’s biggest test: can it resist chaos? – 21 October 2011
The London Evening Standard

The massacre that Paris denied – 17 October 2011
The Guardian

The Gaddafi family – its key members – 30 August 2011
The Guardian

Now a battle for our future really begins – 23 August 2011
Daily Express

Amid chants of ‘lift your head high’, the West looks to the future – 22 August 2011
The London Evening Standard

Gaddafi’s fate is as newsworthy as Murdoch’s – 15 July 2011
The Guardian

Journalist Nabila Ramdani is guest-editor at The Browser – 09 July 2011
Read Nabila’s selection of articles at The Browser

Libya’s civilian casualties have silenced Sarkozy’s crusade – 20 June 2011
The Guardian

Syria’s first lady: Asma al-Assad is no reformer – 23 May 2011
The NewStatesman

IMF Head scandal: Shaming of the Great Seducer – 21 May 2011
The Daily Express

IMF chief: A scandal in New York c’est normal for French politics – 20 May 2011
The National

Libya: France’s duplicity in North Africa stains its war effort – 07 April 2011
The National

Sarkozy steps up attacks on French Muslims – 05 April 2011
The Guardian

Libya: Is negotiation the answer? Head to head – Nabila Ramdani & Brian Whitaker – 28 Mar 2011
The Guardian

Did the internet matter in Tunisia and Egypt? – 18 Feb 2011
Open Democracy

Marine is no Le Pen Lite – 17 Jan 2011
The Guardian

Algeria has let its rioting youth down – 10 Jan 2011
The Guardian

European poll: An Islamic threat? – 06 Jan 2011
Al Jazeera.net

2010

Field of education, not the football pitch, is Qatar’s arena – 20 Dec 2010
The National

Common ground in the Doha Debate on the burqa ban? – 23 Nov 2010
Common Ground News / Search for Common Ground

Echoes of Vichy – 13 Sept 2010
The New Statesman

France’s racial intolerance comes from the very top – 02 Aug 2010
The Guardian

‘Burqa ban’ poorly veils Sarkozy’s failed efforts – 13 July 2010
The National

The new republic’s a non-starter at Sarko’s sleazy court – 09 July 2010
The London Evening Standard

French burqa debate is a smokescreen – 08 July 2010
The Guardian

France names and shames collaborators – 01 July 2010
The Guardian

Stepping out of Gaddafi’s shadow – 10 June 2010
The Guardian

Too many French willing to fit the xenophobic cliché – 02 June 2010
The Guardian

Laïcité and the French veil debate – 23 May 2010
The Guardian

Nicolas Sarkozy, a modern Louis XVI? – 09 Apr 2010
The Guardian

A needless furore over halal fast food – 30 Mar 2010
The Guardian

Le Pen’s back, and winning again – 18 Mar 2010
The Guardian

Parisians have a right to be rude – 03 Mar 2010
The Guardian

London now puts Paris night life in the shade -05 Feb 2010
The London Evening Standard

Sarkozy’s veil climbdown – 16 Jan 2010
The Guardian

2009

Quran and Country – 17 Dec 2009
The New Statesman

Language still a barrier in the banlieue – 16 Dec 2009
The Guardian

Taking sides in France -14 Dec 2009
The Guardian

Escaping the ‘minority reflex’ – 03 Dec 2009
The Guardian

How romantic France fell for le grand divorce – 13 Nov 2009
The London Evening Standard

Sorry, Sarkozy – you won’t entice me back to France -06 Nov 2009
The London Evening Standard

2007

The riots will begin when he is elected – 06 May 2007
The Observer