Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:23
by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Bangladesh has a long history of fringe extremist groups. Some of those are a legacy of the war in Afghanistan, in which some Bangladeshis fought; others are byproducts of the Wahhabi influence that Bangladeshi workers in the Persian Gulf brought back when they returned home; still others are ISIS-addicted. The Islamic State is recruiting supporters among that part of the population dissatisfied with the government's handling, and perhaps the attackers in Dhaka were some of them. Whatever its exact nature, however, according to the analysts it seems that terrorism is largely the result of the government’s repression against mainstream dissent

Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:49
by Valeria Sforzini (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

The second amendment of the U.S Constitution was created in order to allow citizens to protect themselves, their family and their nation but, after the recent slaughter in Orlando, and considering the hundreds of deaths that firearms cause in the USA every year, wouldn't it be safer for America to defend itself from second amendment consequences? In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Valeria Sforzini, EPOS new editor and contributor, discusses the issue of gun control in the United States, exploring the different interpretations and points of view on the second amendement of the federal Constitution in the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attack in Orlando and as one of the most debated topic of the Presidential election campaign

Thursday, 09 June 2016 15:28
by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed argues that the struggle for Syria is largely related to the pipeline politics and gas geopolitics. The United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have supported the removal of Assad; however, Russia, Iran, and Iraq have supported Assad to remain in power. Both of those who are for and against the removal of Assad have opposite interests that are related to pipelines and gas market. The former group looks for a friendly post-Assad regime that will facilitate their objective; the latter group is just entirely against this scenario. Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is a PhD candidate at University of Erfurt, Germany. He was a former lecturer in International Relations at University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region

Monday, 02 May 2016 08:26

Epos converses with Antonella Appiano

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Antonella Appiano is a Middle Eastern issues journalist based in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. She is an independent researcher, an analyst and a writer, and her researchers and academic studies include the Arabic world and the Middle East area, Islam, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, she talks about the latest news from the region, discussing the Syrian conflict, the role of Gulf countries, the situation in Egypt and the position of Oman into the regional and international theatre. She depicts the context from the within, giving EPOS’ readers a detailed and thorough analysis of several issues

Friday, 15 April 2016 08:55

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

EPOS Notepad

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syria's 5-years war has killed more than 250,000 people, with half of the population estimated to have fled its hometown. Refugees have been flowing across the neighbouring countries' boundaries, and those dangerous crossings are the subject of "Border", an Italian movie about Syria's Civil War which was diplayed at the 2016 Italian Film Festival in Scotland. "Border" has given voice and visibility to a tragedy which is still ongoing but always forgotten, and this is the strong point and the added value of this Italian film directed by Alessio Cremonini

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:34
by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

Men and women are potential victims of sexual violence in the same way. Male rape is not worth less than female rape, and should not be silenced, nor as a tangible phenomenon nor as possible evidence. Sexual violence against men in conflict situations is an ordinary phenomenon: male rape can be seen as an instrument of war to destroy men who should be the guardians of society, and to erode the sanctity attached to their masculinity

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