19 Apr
15 Libyan Cities Vote in Municipal Elections

Photo Credit: World Bulletin Today, Libyan voters from 15 cities, including Benghazi, went to the polls to elect municipal council members. 41 more municipalities across the country are due to vote within the next three weeks. For Libya, "the elections

18 Apr
Yemen Seeks International Aid to Confront Security Situation

Photo Credit: Ahlam Mohsen/Yemen Times Yemen's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abu-Bakr Al-Qirbi, plans to "push donor countries to release billions of dollars in promised aid that Yemen desperately needs to address its ailing economy and volatile security situation" ...

17 Apr
Elections Begin in Algeria; Analysts Discuss Results

Photo Credit: AFP Algerians cast their votes in the presidential elections "despite wide expectations of a low turnout and amid calls for a boycott with the opposition warning of rigged results." 23 million Algerians are registered to vote and the Interior Ministry ...

16 Apr
Bahrain Asserts Torture Banned; Analysts Discuss U.S. Policy

Photo Credit: Habib Toumi Minister of Interior Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said that torture was "banned by the constitution and was punishable under Bahraini law" and "Bahrain is committed to abiding by the relevant international conventions and agreements." He ...

16 Apr
Tunisian NCA Establishes Judicial Commission

Photo Credit: Reuters Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted a law to set up a six-member judicial commission, which will “determine the constitutionality of new laws.” Now that this commission has been created, the NCA will be able to ...

16 Apr
Homs Governor: Syria is Ready for “Good Elections”

Photo Credit: The New York Times Talal al-Barazi, governor of the Syrian city of Homs, one of the last rebel controlled cities, declared today that despite being "an insurgent held-war zone," the city is ripe for “relatively good elections.” Over 220,000 people from ...

16 Apr
POMED Notes: “The Status and Future of the Muslim Brotherhood”

Photo Credit: American Task Force on Palestine On Tuesday, April 15, the American Task Force on Palestine held a panel entitled, "The Status and Future of the Muslim Brotherhood." Michele Dunne, Senior Associate in the Middle East Program at The Carnegie ...

15 Apr
POMED Notes: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing “World Bank Lending and Human Rights”

Photo Credit: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission conducted a hearing entitled, “World Bank Lending and Human Rights” on Wednesday April 9. The hearing was chaired by Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA). Representatives Janice Shakowsky (D-IL) and David Cicilline (D-RI) also attended. The first panel included former Member of Congress and Chair of House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank. The second panel included Director for Business ...

15 Apr
Jordanian Ambassador to Libya Kidnapped; State Dept Comments

Photo Credit: Ammon News On Tuesday morning, Fawaz al-Aytan, the Jordanian ambassador to Libya, was kidnapped along with members of his security staff in central Tripoli. Reportedly, the Moroccan national driving the ambassador was shot and wounded during the ...

15 Apr
POMED Notes: “Terrorism, Party Politics, and the US: Expectations of the Upcoming Iraqi Elections”

The Middle East and North Africa Club at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)  held a public event called “Terrorism, Party Politics, and the US: Expectations of the Upcoming Iraqi Elections” on Monday, April 14, 2014 to discuss the elections for the Council of Representatives that will take place on April 30. The event featured Ahmed Ali, Iraq research analyst and Iraq team lead at the Institute for ...

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