Russia’s “Crimea” in the East

It has now been almost two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014. The event caused much controversy and was condemned by the majority of world leaders, as well as NATO, and the EU, as an illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, in disrespect to the signing of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Some even condemned the act as a military invasion thus leading to Russia’s expulsion from the G8 and the introduction to a set of sanctions against the country. Continue reading

Tyranny and Freedom in the arab countries

I would like to present my views on the future of the Arab countries, emphasizing on the Islamic understanding of government, freedom, justice and tyranny. When thinking of the word “freedom” western civilizations imagine limited government and the right to elect government.

In Islam there is no precise equivalent for that word. Liberty (freedom)  means not being a slave. Freedom was a legal, social term it has never been  a political one, it was never used as a metaphor for political status. In Islam freedom is associated with foreign rule = ”tyranny”. In the west the opposite of tyranny is freedom, in Islam the opposite of tyranny is justice. Continue reading