22 Feb
North African Leaders Plan Libyan Political Summit

North African diplomats are planning to hold a summit in the near future to try to find ways of reconciling Libya’s competing factions, and to stem the tide of violence and instability wracking the beleaguered country. During a meeting in Tunis ...

15 Feb
Amnesty International Finds Growing Abuses by Tunisian Security Forces

by Samantha Parks A new Amnesty International report alleges that security measures taken by Tunisian authorities in the name of counter-terrorism often have been arbitrary, discriminatory, and disproportionate, leading to human rights violations reminiscent of the Ben Ali era, albeit on a much lesser scale. The report describes ill-treatment perpetrated by the police since January 2015, including 23 cases of torture. At the release event for the report in Tunis on February 10, Amnesty's ...

07 Feb
Freedom House Finds Continued Decline in Global Freedom

On January 31, Freedom House released its annual Freedom in the World Report. A panel discussion, featuring David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times; Tamara Wittes, Director for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution; and Arch Puddington, Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies at Freedom House and main author of the report, examined the general decline in freedom and the reciprocal relationship it has with changes in ...

01 Feb
An MCC Compact for Tunisia

February 1, 2017 by Samantha Parks On December 13,  the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced it had selected Tunisia as eligible for significant funding to “encourage economic growth and reduce poverty.” The MCC cited the “opportunity to work with Tunisia as ...

31 Jan
Trump Refugee Ban Sparks Widespread Backlash

Photo Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria Last week, the Trump administration issued an executive order to suspend refugee resettlement as well as immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries (including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) under the guise that ...

19 Jan
What Does Human Rights Watch Say About Tunisia?

January 19, 2017 by Finn Quigley Last week, Human Rights Watch released its annual World Report examining the state of human rights across the world. The chapter on Tunisia provides hope in an otherwise bleak assessment of the ...

18 Jan
Jordan Charges Eight with Incitement against the Government for Social Media Posts

  Photo Credit: Getty Images Eight individuals have been charged with “insulting the King” and “incitement to spread chaos to undermine the political regime of Jordan using social media” in a Jordanian military court after publishing comments critical of the government. ...

11 Jan
Millions Turn Out for Rafsanjani’s Funeral in Tehran

  Source: Xinhua Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, President of Iran from 1989 to 1997, and a leading figure in the Islamic Revolution of 1979, died on January 8 at the age of 82. Tuesday’s funeral was attended by reformist and hard-line political, ...

05 Jan
Libyan Official Resigns; Haftar Dismisses Unity Talks

Photo Credit: Al Hadass Online Moussa al-Kuni, the Deputy Head of the UN-backed government’s Presidential Council, announced his resignation from his post on January 2, 2017, citing failure to solve the country's political and economic crises as the key reason. Al-Kuni 

05 Jan
Austerity Measures Spark Algeria Protests

Photo Credit: YouTube/KabylieTimes A shopkeepers' strike in Algeria's eastern coastal wilaya of Béjaïa devolved into violent protests on January 3. An anonymous call for a general strike circulated  broad tax increases across various sectors to compensate for deficits the ...

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