Natalie Hilder

When the Arabs Were Zionists (And May Be Again)

When the Arabs Were Zionists (And May Be Again)

The Arab world has long been characterized (and caricatured) for its rejection of Jewish self-determination (as well as that of other minorities in the region that include but are not limited to the Kurds, Yazidis, Assyrians, and Armenians). While this understanding...

Venezuela: The Tide is Turning

Venezuela: The Tide is Turning

While the world watches with bated breath, Venezuelans are taking their country back from the grip of tyranny. Or at least trying to. Just as the people of East Germany and other nations resisted and overthrew the despotic Soviet empire, thousands of Venezuelans have...

How BDS Hurts Palestinians and Hinders Peace

How BDS Hurts Palestinians and Hinders Peace

Believed by many to be a crusade that espouses human rights—particularly Palestinian rights—can the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement provide the solutions it promises, were its demands to be met? BDS claims to be working to better the lives of the...

Why BDS Is an Anti-Human Rights Movement

Why BDS Is an Anti-Human Rights Movement

In 2002, Daniel Kahneman, an Israeli-American psychologist, won the Nobel Prize for economics when his empirical results challenged the status quo notion that people make economic decisions based on logic. Instead, the research showed that human biases,...

Truth: A Casualty of War

Truth: A Casualty of War

The axiom that war always brings some tragedy in its wake is undeniable.  To suggest otherwise would be naïve romanticism at best, and at worst, murderous.  While one can justify acting in self-defence, it cannot be denied that one of the most terrible...

Kurdistan: Betrayed by the West

Kurdistan: Betrayed by the West

As the geopolitical tectonic plates of the Middle East continue to shift and collide, Kurdistan remains an island in a sea of chaos.  In stark contrast to its neighbours, Kurdistan’s staunch commitment to defending freedom and rejecting extremism is evident as...