Kawaakibi Foundation

Kawaakibi Foundation

Creating headaches for tyrants and terrorists

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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. We've helped break some of the biggest stories on their crimes and abuses over the last few years, including stories about phone-hacking, the systematic spreading of disinformation on social media, and investigation of our late friend Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
  3. Organize campaigns. We collaborate with others to 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. Building new paradigms. The world we're building must be more just and equal than the 20th century "liberal world order". To this end, we work on projects related to the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim communities, as well as worldwide - these include the future of activism, the Arab public sphere, nonviolent resistance, post-capitalist economics and mental health. We carry out independent research, publish, build projects and advise others in our movement.

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, growing 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.

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 and worldwide.
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At 100 supporters, we can cover our team's monthly expenses - recording equipment, editing software, web hosting and digital security - meaning there are no daily impediments to our work.
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