COVID-19: Balancing Health Emergencies and Human Rights

By Nafees Ahmad

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to governments around the world imposing state emergencies under the pretext of protecting public health. Such measures, which have included both partial and full lockdowns to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, have had an impact on fundamental freedoms. These rights, which are highlighted under international human rights law (IHRL), include access to health...

The Lucrative Art of Sportswashing

By Bill Law

When it was announced on July 9 that the great British road racing cyclist Chris Froome was departing Team Ineos for Israel Start-up Nation, there was some surprise amongst the racing fraternity — not about his leaving Ineos, where relations were said to be fraying, but about where he was headed. As the BBC’s Matt Warwick put it: “Froome has gone to a team who, up until...

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How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

By Atul Singh

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to read. You...


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Yemen Could Be Hit Hard by the Coronavirus

Learning Lessons From SARS

The Unique Opportunity for Innovation in the Gulf

Does the US Back India as a Fellow Democracy?

Has the Gulf Cooperation Council Failed?

Libyan General Gets Closer to Assad

COVID-19 Speeds Up Decline of US Influence

Fake News Is Flaring Up in the Gulf

Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy

The Interview

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been raging for over seven decades, and the prospects for peace have never seemed more distant than today. The two-state solution, which was once the most widely-accepted remedy for the impasse, has lost traction, and efforts by the United Nations and other intermediaries to resolve the dispute have got nowhere. In 2018, a survey by the Palestinian...

By Kourosh Ziabari & Ian Lustick