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Sophia Akram
Sophia Akram

Akram is a researcher and communications professional with a special interest in human rights particularly across the Middle East and Asia.

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Boris Johnson's Nazanin blunder is now one too many

07 November, 2017

Comment: Boris Johnson just ran out of free passes, he has zero use and is a potential menace to the Middle East, writes Sophia Akram.

Muslim by label and British by happenstance

06 July, 2017

Comment: A government report released this week pinpointed the counter-extremism Prevent programme as one of the main factors holding Muslims back, writes Sophia Akram.

Hodeida's looming battle will starve Yemen

26 April, 2017

Comment: Cutting of food supplies is becoming strategic line of attack in Yemen's ongoing civil war, with potentially disastrous consequences for civilians, writes Sophia Akram.

Everest to NYC: Female Saudi mountain-climber scales new summits

06 April, 2017

Interview: Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Everest, speaks to The New Arab about her work to smash stereotypes, and to advance women's rights through sport.

An equal-rights bi-national one-state solution is the only solution

17 February, 2017

Comment: Did Trump just kill off the two-state solution? The time has come for a single-state, with equal rights for all, before Israel creates one without Palestinians, writes Sophia Akram.

Yemen's whitewashed crisis

27 January, 2017

Comment: Yemenis are starving in an aggressive war that shows no signs of resolve, but the UK continues to whitewash its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, writes Sophia Akram.

Trump as a catalyst for the Israeli far-right

01 December, 2016

Comment: Within a week of Trump's election, expansionist efforts in Israel were already being ramped up to legalise unauthorised settlements, writes Sophia Akram

This isn't a refugee crisis, it's a policy crisis

11 November, 2016

Comment: Europe has completely mismanaged its relative 'migration crisis', and created an actual crisis in its wake, writes Sophia Akram

Does the UK's Prevent strategy provoke extremism instead?

31 October, 2016

Comment: When discussion and dialogue are driven underground, 'extremist' rhetoric will simply remain unchallenged, argues Sophia Akram.

Chemical weapons in Sudan and the 'responsibility to protect'

07 October, 2016

Comment: Powerful nations are losing sight of what the 'responsibility to protect' really means, writes Sophia Akram

Killing them softly: Palestinian voices at the Knesset

23 September, 2016

Comment: The recent arrests of Balad party officials are the latest example of how Israel is using legislation and policy to quash Arab-Israeli political popularity, writes Sophia Akram

It's time to end immigration detention

15 September, 2016

Comment: Locking up the desperate and the vulnerable only increases anti-immigrant sentiment and fuels human rights abuses, writes Sophia Akram.

Sophia Akram
Sophia Akram

Akram is a researcher and communications professional with a special interest in human rights particularly across the Middle East and Asia.

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