24 May
Controversial Constitutional Amendment Strips Immunity of Turkish MPs

Photo Credit: Reuters / Riza Ozel / Pool The Turkish Parliament, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's support, approved a controversial constitutional amendment that would strip the immunity of Turkish Members of Parliament (MP). The amendment passed the parliament 376 - 174, ...

24 May
Morocco Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Human Rights Report

Photo Credit: Fadel Senna Last Wednesday, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Dwight Bush to protest the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. A day after the Moroccan Interior Ministry called the 40-page document “outrageous,” ...

20 May
Iran: Rafsanjani’s Daughter Spurs Debate on Baha’i Persecution

Photo Credit: New York Times Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, touched off a debate concerning Iran’s treatment of the country’s religious minority Baha’i population after she visited with Baha’i activist Fariba Kamalabadi during ...

18 May
International Community Seeks Arms Embargo Exceptions for Libyan Unity Govt

Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal At a conference co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni in Vienna, foreign ministers from over 20 countries declared support of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and ...

12 May
Lebanese Municipal Elections Spark Initial Optimism despite Low Turnout

Photo Credit: Daily Star Lebanon For the first time since 2010, Lebanon held municipal elections to elect the country's local governing bodies, and subsequent rounds are scheduled throughout the month of May. These elections were not only the first elections ...

05 May
Iraqis Seek End to Government Corruption though Analysts Remain Pessimistic

Photo Credit: Haider Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images Protesters rallied by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr charged Iraq’s heavily fortified Green Zone, an area in Baghdad that houses government headquarters and foreign embassies, and briefly occupied the Iraqi parliament building. After months of protesting ...

02 May
Jordanian King’s Power Consolidated by Amendments amid Broad Crackdown

Photo Credit: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Jordan's parliament passed several bills proposed by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour that give King Abdullah II sole constitutional control in areas of security, foreign policy, and the judiciary. According to state-run news agency Petra, the amendments were passed with ...

20 Apr
Groups Call on Obama to Address Human Rights & Arms Sales Before GCC Summit

Photo Credit: Saudi Press Agency President Obama arrived in Riyadh where he will hold bilateral talks with Saudi King Salman and leaders of the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. Obama is is expected to push greater cooperation and ...

19 Apr
Hearing Notes – Assessing Pres. Obama’s FY 2017 MENA Budget Request

On Wednesday April 13, 2016, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled, “Assessing President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa FY 2017 Budget Request.” Witnesses included Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the ...

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