Sami Oussama Filali Naji

Sami Oussama Filali Naji is a Founder & CTO at Arab Research & Advocacy Bureau. He is a political scientist and independent commentator who has previously worked for the University of Birmingham, Quilliam, the House of Lords and Google.​

Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

4/10 Originally written in Portuguese, Paulo Coelho’s book follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd  from Spain through North Africa …

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin

6/10 I have never read a book full of so many enigmas. It is interesting, for example, that Lenin should …

Arab Bureau talks with Facebook in Chicago

ARAB’s General Manager was invited by Facebook to join its first Communities Summit. Shatha Sbeta, ARAB’s General Manager, will be …

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

8/10 Machiavelli. A historian, diplomat, writer, politician, activist, philosopher. What an incredible life this individual lived, fortunate enough to be …

The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 by E. H. Carr

9/10 This book is incredible – in fact, many people suggest that it should be required reading for all politics students. Edward …

3 (slightly better) alternatives to the CIA World Factbook

When we source data, we should ask ourselves the following questions: How credible is the information provided? What is the …

Arab Bureau cautiously welcomes Obama U-turn on Israel

1. “What Happened?” For the first time in almost 40 years, a UN Resolution 2334 had been passed confirming Israel’s …

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

9/10 I tried beginning this book three times; the first time in a hostel in the middle of Mostar; but …

The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet

9/10 In this work of art, Raymond Radiguet asserts himself as that postmodern writer par excellence. The Frenchman demands respect …

The Arab world is compatible with democracy

I would like to thank Laura Hawkes for her inputs to this article. I would also like to thank Lorenzo …

What does Brexit mean for Arabs?

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, about 52% of British voters chose to leave the European Union. The decision had serious implications. …

Western governments must crack-down on anti-Arab racism

In “the West”, racist slurs targeted at Arab communities are often passed off as free speech or critical enquiry, and …