The martyrs of Lebanon: war memorials as sites of contestation and reconciliation

By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson How come certain commemorations take place in particular sites? How come British politicians leave wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday? Why do the French pay tribute to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ at the foot … Continue reading The martyrs of Lebanon: war memorials as sites of contestation and reconciliation

Algeria: weathering the storm or about to implode?

By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson In late March, Algeria’s ruling party FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) held a rally in which leader Amar Saadani urged Algerians to stand behind President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the country’s army. According to the FLN, popular … Continue reading Algeria: weathering the storm or about to implode?

Revoking citizenships in Bahrain, Turkey and France: why is going rogue en vogue?

By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson During the last few years, the tiny Gulf nation of Bahrain has seen an unprecedented number of its citizens getting their citizenships revoked by their own government. Although Bahrain is by far the worst offender, this measure … Continue reading Revoking citizenships in Bahrain, Turkey and France: why is going rogue en vogue?

Israel’s Islamists: The Islamic Movement in Israel and their road to prohibition

By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson The Islamic Movement in Israel is little known to the wider world compared to other regional Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas or Hezbollah. However, they have despite all odds managed to be highly … Continue reading Israel’s Islamists: The Islamic Movement in Israel and their road to prohibition