23 Jun
State Department Reports on Bahrain’s Implementation of the BICI

The State Department submitted to Congress an unclassified report on the steps taken by the Government of Bahrain to implement the recommendations in the 2011 Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) on June 21, 2016. The report ...

21 Jun
Kuwaiti MP Convicted for Anti-Saudi Statements

The Kuwaiti National Assembly sentenced in absentia outspoken lawmaker and lawyer Abdul Hamid Dashti to 10 days in prison pending further investigation and trial by Kuwait’s top criminal court, at which point Dashti could face a longer sentence. The ...

21 Jun
Hearing Notes – U.S. Policy in Libya

On June 15, 2016, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing entitled “U.S. Policy in Libya.” The witness was State Department Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer. To watch a webcast of the hearing, click here. Chairman Bob Corker ...

16 Jun
Bahrain Rapidly Escalates Crackdown on Opposition Voices

A Bahraini court ordered the suspension of all activities by al-Wefaq, the island-nation’s largest opposition party. The Justice and Islamic Affairs Ministry, which asked the court to issue the order, said al-Wefaq’s shuttering was needed to "safeguard the security ...

13 Jun
UN Reconsiders Blacklisting of Saudi Coalition after Pressure

 Photo Credit: AFP The UN announced on Monday, June 6th, that it had removed the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen from its child rights blacklist, pending a joint review by the UN and the coalition. The decision came ...

06 Jun
Libya’s Rival Central Bank Heads Pledge to Work toward Economic “Unity Plan”

Mahmud Turkia / AFP / Getty Images In a move regarded by some commentators as “very dangerous and worrying,” planes carrying Russian-produced Libyan dinars arrived in eastern Libya destined for the Beida-based Eastern Central Bank, which supports the eastern government over ...

02 Jun
Hearing Notes – Tunisia’s Struggle for Stability, Security, and Democracy

On May 26th, 2016, the House  Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing titled, “Tunisia’s Struggle for Stability, Security, and Democracy.” Witnesses included State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs John Desrocher and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Maria Longi. To watch a webcast of the hearing, click here . Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) ...

02 Jun
Kuwait: Three Royals Jailed for WhatsApp Comments

AFP Photo / Yasser al-Zayyat A Kuwaiti criminal court sentenced six men, including three members of the al-Sabah royal family, to five years in jail for allegedly insulting Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, accusing high profile judges of bribery, and spreading ...

02 Jun
Bahrain Doubles Opposition Leader’s Prison Sentence

 Photo Credit: AFP On Monday, a Bahraini appeals court increased opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman’s prison sentence from four to nine years. Salman, Secretary-General of opposition party al-Wefaq, was convicted of inciting hatred and violence in 2015, but the public ...

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