Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith is a former Associate Editor (Middle East) at Fair Observer. She received an MA in International Journalism from the University College Falmouth after graduating with a combined honours degree in English and History from the University of Nottingham. She enjoys analysing and reporting on international relations through all media platforms, including radio, TV and online. Natasha hopes to become a foreign correspondent.

The US and the Changing Middle East

October 30, 2012

Political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa has forced the United States to re-evaluate its interests and foreign policy in the region. Background

Natasha Smith: Is This Egypt?

September 05, 2012

Sexual harassment is endemic in Egypt, and increasing numbers of women have begun speaking out against it. Natasha Smith asks how this deep-seated problem affects women in Egypt and what can be done to stop it. On June 24, 2012, I nearly died at the hands of a mob of...

The Plight of Refugees

June 17, 2012

An insight into the plight of victims of war as refugee week commences. Background The United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) defines Palestinian refugees as "persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, [and] who lost their homes and means of livelihood as...

The Complexities of Lebanon

May 31, 2012

Lebanon’s entrenched sectarian-based civil society and political system present severe challenges to the state of social reform in the country. Lebanon has not had the same experience of the Arab Uprisings as have other nations in its region. Instead, some Lebanese, particularly those that support the anti-Assad March 14 coalition,...

Kony 2012: One Month On

April 15, 2012

Kony 2012 has revealed the limits of global Internet activism after great successes with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the Arab Spring. When social media-based campaigns target complex, external conflicts, public scepticism emerges.

The Rise and Fall of Kony 2012

April 15, 2012

Cynics call it “clicktivism”; believers say they can change the world. Natasha Smith asks how much further the Kony 2012 campaign can really stretch. “We will turn this digital revolution into something more". These are the words of Invisible Children (IC) in its latest video on the Kony 2012 campaign,...