30 Sep
State Department Fact Sheet Details U.S. Commitment to Syria

Photo Credit: Reuters The United States Department of State published a fact sheet on Syria today, titled "Syrian Crisis: U.S. Assistance and Support for the Transition." The report reaffirms the United States' support for "the Syrian people's struggle ...

30 Sep
Kuwait Revokes Citizenship of 18 Nationals

 Photo credit: AFP Yesterday the Kuwaiti government invoked Article 13 and Article 21 of the Nationality Law to revoke the citizenship of 18 people, including that of prominent opposition activist Saad al-Ajmi. Article 11 stipulates that no Kuwaiti national ...

30 Sep
POMED Notes: “An Assessment of President Rouhani’s Visit to the United States”

On Monday, September 29, the Woodrow Wilson Center held a panel discussion titled “An Assessment of President Rouhani’s Visit to the United States.” The panel featured former Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center and Affiliate Graduate Faculty and Lecturer at the University of Hawai’i Farideh Farhi and Managing Partner of Atieh International Bijan Khajehpour.  The panel was moderated by Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson ...

29 Sep
President Hadi Accused of Delaying PM Appointment

 Photo credit: Associated Press Today, local journalists and political analysts accused President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi of purposefully causing delays in the appointment of Yemen's new prime minister. "President Hadi is wasting the time he has to choose the prime minister, while ...

29 Sep
Islamic State Kills Iraqi Human Rights Activist Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

Photo Credit: Getty Images Islamic State militants killed Iraqi human rights activist and lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi last Monday, September 22 in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The militant group seized al-Nuaimi from her home after she posted messages ...

29 Sep
Human Rights Watch Reports Rollback of Human Rights in Turkey

 Photo credit: Associated Press Human Rights Watch released a report highlighting the “rollback of human rights and rule of law” in Turkey under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The ...

26 Sep
Egypt Amends Foreign Funding Laws to Include Harsher Punishments

Photo Credit: CNN Earlier this week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed an amendment to Egypt's penal code to include harsher punishments for organizations and individuals who receive foreign funding intending to commit acts against the state's interests. Under ...

26 Sep
Obama Reiterates Support for Tunisian Democratic Transition; Ennahda Hires U.S. PR Agency

Photo Credit: Al Monitor On September 22, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa received a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama in which he reiterated U.S. support for Tunisia’s economy and security during its transition towards democracy. The letter was delivered to Jomaa by U.S. ...

26 Sep
Friends of Yemen Conference Held in NY; State Dept Issues Travel Warning

 Photo Credit: Associated Press The Assistant Secretary to the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Anne W. Pattersonaddressed the GCC Foreign Ministers attending the Friends of Yemen meeting in New York on Wednesday. The Friends of Yemen conference was held to 

26 Sep
Senators Urge Bahrain Government to Lift Maryam Al-Khawaja’s Travel Ban Through Letter to Ambassador

Photo Credit: Egyptian Streets On September 19, 2014, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), wrote a joint letter to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of ...

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