Kawaakibi Foundation

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About Kawaakibi Foundation

We are an accelerator for thinkers and doers with a focus on the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim communities. Our dream is a world free from tyranny, terrorism, and foreign intervention.

What Do We Do?

  1. Tell Our Stories. We currently have two platforms; The Arab Tyrant Manual deals with global authoritarianism and the struggle for liberty, with a special focus on the Arab region, whilst the upcoming Islam & Liberty deals with the clash between authoritarianism and liberty within Islam..
  2. Investigate and Expose our Dictators. Some of the biggest stories on their crimes and abuses over the last few years have come through our work, including several stories about phone-hacking and systematic spreading of disinformation on social media.
  3. Organize campaigns. We are proud of our political analysis, but we’re activists at heart. We make consequences for those who violate human rights, through campaigns such as the #StopFII boycott campaign against Mohammad bin Salman’s “Davos in the Desert”.
  4. Provide consultancy and training on topics related to the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim communities - including social movements, the Arab public sphere, nonviolent resistance, democratization, governance, and reform. We carry out independent research and prepare in-depth reports related to these focus areas, as well as advising others in our movement.
  5. Unite our movement. There’s an army of Arab and Muslim voices for liberty and human rights, but they are isolated and scattered around the world, dealing with unique situations and trauma. We work on uniting our movement, and through working with partners from beyond the Arab region.

Our Current Projects

Our book The Middle East Crisis Factory is out now in the UK and coming soon to the US. It tells the story of our region, how it came to be in this state, and the future we work towards. We're working on several projects currently, including the relaunch of our platform, the Arab Tyrant Manual, a social media disinformation monitor, and an initiative helping activists heal from trauma.

Who Are We?

Kawaakibi Foundation was founded by Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash. For more about our history, our story, and how we came about, check this podcast (or this illustrated blogpost). Iyad is an activist and writer who was expelled from his home in the UAE in 2014, and was ultimately granted asylum in Oslo, Norway where he is now based. Ahmed is a British-Libyan activist who hosts the Arab Tyrant Manual Podcast.

We are supported by an awesome and gorwing technical and creative team.

Why Patreon?

Over the years, we have watched how activists who fail to institutionalise burn out and quit, and how new platforms and think tanks often lose independence and credibility because of who funds them. We’ve also noticed how detrimental it is to get addicted to institutional funding sources.

We therefore resolved to creating a truly independent organization, not beholden to any agenda other than liberty and human rights. A direct audience-funded model is perfect for us. We want you - our audience and supporters - to be the backbone of this organization, forever.

In addition to financial support, we are open to volunteers, and regularly send out messages for help. If you have something specific you can bring to the team, let us know.

How Are Your Dollars Going To Work?

Every dollar donated on this Patreon goes to our Norway-registered non-profit organization, and supports our work on the promotion of liberty and human rights in the MENA region.
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Once we hit 350 supporters, the Arab Tyrant Manual and Islam & Liberty platforms are sustainable!
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