Middle East

The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan

The Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan – a documentary film

Following the great success but ultimately frustrating outcome of the Kickstarter campaign for my documentary film last year about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on impoverished people in Jordan, I’ve set up a fundraising page to help raise the finance necessary to complete and distribute this important film. Please [...]

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential election

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

Frontline Club – 25 July 2014 Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014.

The Second Crisis documentary film about the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on impoverished people in Jordan

Documentary on Syrian Refugees’ Impact on Jordanians Needs Funding

Daily Kos – 19 December 2013 by Yasuragi Full disclosure: this is a pitch. Not for me, but for a stranger, documentary filmmaker Richard Nield. Nield has shot footage for a film that now needs funding for completion, and has only a scant few days in which to raise it. I was drawn to his [...]


Ali and Fatmeh and their family face eviction from their home in Mafraq, northern Jordan

Six days remain to fund groundbreaking documentary on Jordan’s impending humanitarian crisis

After months of production work on The Second Crisis – a groundbreaking documentary about the devastating impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan – just six days remain to raise the funding needed to complete the film. Please take this opportunity to help us raise awareness of the plight of thousands of struggling families [...]

The Second Crisis: a film about the impact on Jordan of the influx of Syrian refugees

Fundraising launched for film on impact on Jordan of influx of Syrian refugees

The fundraising campaign for The Second Crisis, a compelling film about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on the poorest and most vulnerable Jordanians, has now been launched. The film tells the untold personal stories of impoverished local people who are being forced out of their homes by unscrupulous landlords [...]

Za'atari refugee camp Jordan

Jordan documentary site launch

23 September 2013 Today I launched the official Facebook page for the documentary I’m making about the dramatic impact that the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan is having on the local population. To view the page, just click here: And to be kept in the loop with further updates, please ‘Like’ the page.


Amman Jordan city centre

Refugee crisis in Jordan and Lebanon worsens

20 February 2013 As of today, 278,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border into Jordan, and 295,000 have crossed into Lebanon, according to UNHCR. According to Jordan’s government, the number is much higher. They estimate that they are hosting more than 368,000 out of a total of 787,000 Syrian refugees displaced in the region. The [...]

Bahrain's unreported oppression

Bahrain’s unreported oppression continues – with a little help from the West

The Frontline Club – 24 August 2012 At an event hosted by the Frontline Club, an expert panel of speakers shed light on the ongoing oppression of political opposition in Bahrain, one of the most under-reported aspects of the Arab Spring, and the government’s systematic use of Western public relations companies to manage the regime’s [...]

Cereal price rises threaten civil unrest

The Middle East must ensure food supply amid spiking global prices or risk potential civil unrest The current drought-induced surge in global food prices is causing disquiet in the Middle East and North Africa. Memories do not need to be very long to recall that when protesters took to the streets of cities across the [...]


Muslim Brotherhood’s rise sparks paranoia in the GCC

Gulf states wary about the group’s recent political successes in North Africa Speaking at a Ramadan event in late July, Dubai’s police chief, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, issued a dramatic warning against any attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow the Gulf monarchies. The movement, he claimed, had “met people from the Gulf” to discuss “toppling [...]

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, reveals shocking details of executions, stoning and suppression of civil rights in a speech at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, London, on 22 March 20012

Why we shouldn’t use Iran’s human rights record as an excuse for war

26 March 2012 Iran’s record on human rights is dreadful, but we must not allow it to become an excuse for war. Last week I had the privilege of hearing at first hand the findings of the UN’s top representative on human rights in Iran. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s ‘Special Rapporteur’, had submitted his first [...]

Israel continues to champion pre-emptive attack on Iran

A pre-emptive strike against Iran would be justifiable in the case of an imminent threat of attack, according to a senior Israeli diplomat speaking in London on 16 March. “Iran represents an existential threat to the state of Israel and we will not compromise on our national security,” said Ran Gidor, minister-counsellor for political affairs [...]


Why the two-state solution is not dead – yet

Speaking at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies on 14th March, Gershon Baskin argued that the solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is just waiting to be implemented. But fundamental problems with the peace process itself mean that hopes are still at a low ebb. It is easy to understand why people may have given [...]

Gas still a challenge for resurgent Middle East market

The combination of the global economic crisis and political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa made 2011 a tough year for investment in the region. But the significant increase in oil prices and the return of a degree of stability to several of the affected markets means the outlook for the coming year [...]

Debt fears loom over Dana Gas

One month after the United Arab Emirates’ Dana Gas issued its preliminary 2011 financial results, the crucial question of how the company plans to address serious liquidity problems remains unanswered. A $1 billion sukuk (Islamic bond) taken out by Dana Gas in 2007 is due for repayment in October. But the combination of a poor [...]


Middle East awaits steel demand recovery

As the region’s governments invest in downstream iron and steel projects, expectations are high that the commissioning of these new plants will coincide with a rebound in prices A strong outlook for global steel demand is encouraging Middle East countries to develop a processing industry that they hope will make the region a major hub [...]

High gold prices bode well for Middle East

The positive outlook for bullion is good news for Dubai as a niche gold trading centre, and for Saudi Arabia, which is pushing ahead with the exploitation of its gold reserves The inexorable rise of gold prices since hitting a brief low of just over $700 an ounce in late 2008 is showing little sign [...]

UAE economic growth to remain sluggish

The continued global economic uncertainty and a new conservative policy in Abu Dhabi mean UAE economic growth is set to slow in 2012 When the global downturn was biting in 2009, economists were gloomy about the outlook for 2010. But the consensus was that from 2011 onwards, economies around the world would gradually start to [...]


Options limited against Al-Assad

Despite the international outcry against the Syrian regime, the lack of a clear course of effective action means Bashar al-Assad is likely to battle out the challenges to his leadership in the short term Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is cutting an increasingly isolated figure. International demands for an end to armed attacks on protesters that [...]

Turkey is leveraging its trade advantage

Turkey is focused on expanding its trade with the Middle East to offset the downturn in the economies of Europe. But imports are growing faster, creating a widening trade deficit The Turkish lands have been the lynchpin of trade between Europe and Asia, ever since the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 sealed the shift in [...]

Turkey’s leaders consolidate backing

Under its ruling party, Turkey has enjoyed unprecedented political stability and economic growth. But unrest in Syria will test the government’s foreign policies The third consecutive victory of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the parliamentary elections on 12 June this year was no surprise. Since coming to power in 2002, the moderate [...]


Turkey: A strategic route for energy

Turkey is making the most of its geographical location between the energy-rich Middle East and Central Asia region and consumers in Europe Compared with its Middle East neighbours, Turkey’s oil and gas resources are negligible. According to the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2009, Turkey produced an average of just 53,000 barrels a [...]

Turkey is turning towards the East

A lack of progress on accession to the EU in recent years has seen Ankara increasingly emphasise its ties with its Muslim neighbours As one of the few countries in the world that can claim to span two continents, the question of whether Turkey’s identity lies with Europe or with the Middle East has become [...]

Beirut eyes offshore oil and gas round

Lebanon hopes to launch a licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration this year, but translating unproven potential into genuine resources will require more political unity Lebanon is planning to hold its first licensing round for offshore oil and gas contracts by November 2011, according to a statement by energy and water minister Gebran [...]