17 Oct
1500 Militants Arrested in Efforts to Secure Upcoming Elections; Ban Ki-Moon Visits Tunisia to Pledge UN Support

Photo Credit: Mosaique FM On October 10 and 11, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon traveled to Tunisia to meet with top Tunisian officials, to “pledge full United Nations support for the North African nation in its forthcoming elections and transition to democracy.”  Ban noted ...

16 Oct
Bahrain Arrests Pro-Democracy Activist Zainab al-Khawaja

Photo Credit: PressTV Human rights and pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested in Bahraini court Tuesday for ripping up a picture of the gulf island's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa during her hearing. al-Khawaja was in court on charges ...

15 Oct
Egypt Sentences Al Jazeera Journalist to 15 Years in Prison

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera Egyptian courts sentenced Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Ahmed Mansour in abstentia to fifteen years imprisonment. The court charged Mansour with torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square during the January 25 uprising in 2011. An Al ...

14 Oct
Bahrain Opposition Parties Refuse to Participate in Upcoming Elections

 Photo Credit: AP Al-Wefaq's Sheik Ali Salman announced that al-Wefaq, along with several other opposition parties, would not be participating in the country's upcoming elections. The announcement followed a unilateral redrawing of Bahrain's electoral districts by the gulf state's ...

14 Oct
Yemeni Prime Minister Appointed, Houthis Approve

Photo Credit: Yemen Times Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi appointed UN Special Envoy Khaled Bahah to the position of Prime Minister yesterday, a week after Houthi rebels in the capital rejected Hadi's first pick for the premiership, Ahmed Awad ...

14 Oct
Jordan Cracks Down on IS Supporters Using Social Media

 Photo credit: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Yesterday a Jordanian court charged 26 people with “terrorist acts” after clashes between security forces and civilians in Amman last week resulted in four casualties. Apparently the unrest began after stalls ...

10 Oct
UN Secretary General Condemns Al-Qaeda Attacks in Yemen; Analysts Discuss Future of Democracy

 Photo credit: Anadolu Yesterday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks launched by al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Sana’a this week, which killed more than 60 people. “These heinous criminal acts cannot be ...

10 Oct
Islamic State Threatens Detente Between PKK and AKP in Turkey

 Photo Credit: Washington Times Tens of thousands of Kurds have been fleeing into Turkey over the past few weeks, as IS continued to seize dozens of villages close to the border. Turkish security forces clashed with Turkish Kurds who ...

10 Oct
Freedom House Report Labels Bahrain as Worst of the Worst for Press Freedom

  Image credit: Freedom House A report released by Freedom House has named Bahrain as one of the worst countries for press freedoms, with Bahrain weighing in at 87 out of 100 on the freedom scale.  Despite the government’s pledge to ...

10 Oct
Tunisia: NGOs Hold Workshop for Women; Return of Ben Ali Members Sparks Debate

Photo Credit: BBC News The Center for Mediterranean and International Studies (CMI) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) held  an international workshop in Tunis. Participants denounced violence toward candidates, journalists and female observers during the legislative and ...

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