Sam Hamad is a Scottish-Egyptian writer based in Edinburgh.
The recent referendum in Egypt extends President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's tenure - but more importantly, it is a complete capture of Egypt's institutions.
The continued imprisonment of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's vision for reform is about optics, not change.
The US is supporting a joint Saudi-UAE effort to stamp out democratic movements in the region.
The terrorist attack in Christchurch did not take place in a vacuum and is a reflection of decades of the othering and dehumanisation of Muslims.
It's been eight years since the revolt in Egypt and the irony is that the country is more authoritarian now then it's ever been - and so are its backers.
Egypt's Abdul Fatah el Sisi is preparing the ground to demolish constitutional term limits, and he will probably get away with it.
Europe's far-right is using the Israeli model as a blueprint for their xenophobic agenda at home. Despite rising anti-semitism in parts of Europe, Israel seems to have no qualms in cosying up to the far-right.
The Saudi public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for those involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. If the punishment is carried out, we might never know who ordered the killing.
The Libya conference set up in Palermo Italy was a non-starter. It managed to achieve little more than showing that the European powers involved in Libya are a massive part of the rut that the country is stuck in.
Across the region, Saudi Arabia along with the UAE have sought to muzzle dissent. With the world looking away, it thought it could get away with one more murder.
Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance isn’t just another hit by a rogue state – it’s the symptom of a world where the actions of rogue states are rapidly becoming the new normal.
The Emirates is an oasis of materialism in a region mired by poverty, war and human suffering. Can the UAE continue exporting war while flaunting garish opulence at home?
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