[ANALYSIS] The Palestinian Cause: Between the Ideal of Liberation and the Stigma of Terror

“What about Hamas though? Isn’t Israel state violence a lesser evil when compared to the unpredictable warfare of a fundamentalist non-state group seeking power in a war-torn land? These are some of the long-standing objections which, during the last escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, came back to haunt one of the most controversial debates in international relations.
As if supporting Palestine would necessarily mean supporting Hamas, the main organization that is currently fighting on its behalf. Well, this narrative seeking to discredit the cause of Palestine is misleading because it overlooks the fact that supporting the rights of the Palestinian people means acting according to international law, as if such norms had lost adherence to reality and became de facto obsolete. But truth is, in such a complex world shouting “that is not fair” is not enough. Civil society needs to know exactly how to formulate its demands. After all, both Nelson Mandela and Gandhi used to be lawyers, didn’t they?

[ANALYSIS] Playing with the Fire of Democracy: Ukraine’s Choice of National Security over Media Pluralism

The presidential decree which unplugged three pro-Russian TV channels overnight on 2 February 2021 has been hailed by pro-Western Ukrainians as the first bold move by Ukraine President Volodymir Zelensky to counter Russian propaganda.
While the EU expressed its concerns and the US praised the decision, journalists unions condemned such an interference in the freedom of the media.
Yet, all international conventions protecting freedom of speech establish a few motives on the base of which a State can restrict such freedom and one of the most popular ones is a pressing though historically abused necessity: national security.
Well, this is is exactly the interest that Zelensky claims to protect.

The Unknown Face of Yemen: A Conversation with Mariam Al-Dhubani

The war in Yemen is often depicted as a proxy war between Sunnite Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran.
For too long this reductive interpretation has been hindering a comprehensive peace process by disregarding local actors and social dynamics.
The present TNGO human story is aimed at looking beyond such an obscuring veil through the eyes of Mariam al-Dhubani, a Yemeni-Russian award-winning journalist and filmmaker, whose camera strives to capture the true face of her unknown homeland.