24 Oct
Bahraini Opposition Party Releases Report Detailing Vote Re-Distribution Ahead of Elections

 Photo credit: Al-Alam Al-Wefaq member Majeed Milad released a report today, which declares that the new distribution of electoral constituencies in Bahrain is worse than it was in the 2010 elections. Comparing stats from 2010 to the current distribution ...

24 Oct
Saudi Arabian Govt Warns Women Against Driving; Court Sentences 30 to Prison

 Photo credit: Hasan Jamali Today Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry issued a warning to women not to drive after a renewed social media campaign urged women to challenge the men-only road rules. The announcement comes just ahead of the ...

24 Oct
Egyptian Minister Urges Civil Society Groups Not to Fear Draft NGO Law

Photo Credit: Al-Ahram Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali urged civil society groups a not to "prejudge" a new draft law governing civil society and NGO activist activity. Activists fear that, if enacted into law, the bill would ...

22 Oct
Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Stages Sit-in at Bar Association

Photo Credit: The Nation Yesterday, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh staged a sit-in outside the Iranian Bar Association office in Tehran to protest the three year ban that will prevent her from practicing law. Sotoudeh was joined ...

22 Oct
POMED Notes: “Iranian Policy Toward the Iraqi And Syrian Crises”

On Tuesday, October 21 2014, the Wilson Center hosted an event titled “Iranian Policy Toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises.”  The event featured Jubin Goodarzi, the Deputy Head of the International Relations Department at Webster University. Mr. Goodarzi was introduced by Haleh Esfandiari, the Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center. For a full summary of the event, continue reading below or click here for a PDF. Mr. Goodarzi analyzed the ...

21 Oct
Libya’s Elected Parliament Declares Alliance With Operation Dignity Militia Forces

 Photo Credit: Reuters Libya's House of Representatives formally declared an alliance with renegade former general Khalifa Haftar and his militia, Operation Dignity, in a bid to counteract Islamist influence in the country. According to parliament spokesperson Farraj Hashem, ...

21 Oct
Turkish Parliament to Consider New Protest Laws

 Photo Credit: World Bulletin Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the Turkish government will introduce a bill in parliament which would give law enforcement greater powers over protests. The introduction of the bill will follow violent clashes ...

20 Oct
State Dept Welcomes Selection of New Iraqi Cabinet Ministers

 Photo credit: VOA News The State Department issued a statement on Saturday congratulating the Iraqi people and their representatives in parliament on the decision to elect seven new cabinet ministers, completely filling the cabinet for the first time since ...

20 Oct
Prosecutor Drops Charges for 53 Defendants Involved in Erdogan Corruption Scandal

Photo Credit: Diepresse On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor dropped charges against 53 defendants involved in a "sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics" and had threatened the government of recently elected ...

20 Oct
U.S. Condemns Ongoing Violence in Libya in Joint Statement with EU members

Photo Credit: al-Ahram France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States issued a joint statement Saturday, condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an "immediate cessation of hostilities." The statement expressed concern for General ...

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