Society

Interview with Afghanistan’s youngest mayor Zarifeh Ghafari
Interview with Afghanistan mayor Zarifa Ghafari

Afghanistan’s youngest mayor, Zarifa Ghafari, talks to zenith about the importance of cleaning up local politics and how the fear of the Taliban stalks Afghans’ day-to-day lives.

Interview with Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir
Interview with Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir

Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir speaks to zenith about what his recent deportation from Israel means for human rights defenders on the ground in the region, and why Israel’s human rights record is worse than ever.

The Legacy and Future of the Internet in the Arab World
The Legacy and Future of the Internet in the Arab World

The regimes of the Arab world are turning the thumbscrews on their citizens online. And yet social media continues to transform the region long after Arab Spring.

Crackdown on Egyptian media outlet Mada Masr
Crackdown on Egyptian media outlet Mada Masr

The raid on independent Egyptian new outlet, Mada Masr, has drawn worldwide attention. One of the last critics of the Egyptian government may be unsilenced for now, but freedom of press in the country remains at an all-time low.

Detention Centers in Libya
Detention Centers in Libya

Many of those who seek refuge in Europe find themselves stranded in a Libya at war with itself. Women and daughters await the results of the UN’s resettlement lottery on mattresses amid the bombs. While husbands and sons face forced conscription.

Interview with Raphael Luzon on the fate of Libyan Jews
Interview with Raphael Luzon on the fate of Libyan Jews

Raphael Luzon has been hosted by Gaddafi, kidnapped by Islamists and was asked to help with drafting the new constitution. In this interview he explains why one always needs to play it tough in Libya and why Gaddafi and Berlusconi got along so well.

Twitter, Facebook and censorship in Egypt
Twitter, Facebook and censorship in Egypt

Viral videos reinvigorated resistance in Egypt. Still, social media platforms help to stymie criticism. How Twitter and Facebook cosy up to the Sisi regime and facilitate its latest crackdown.

Interview with Naseef Naeem on constitutions in the Arab world
Interview with Naseef Naeem on constitutions in the Arab world

Legal scholar Naseef Naeem on his new book “The State and Its Foundations in the Arab Republics”, the pitfalls of European notions of democracy, and why the real challenge for global legal standards arises further east.