01 Sep
Turkey Arrests Two Journalists, Raids Opposition Media Office

Photo Credit: Getty Images Two Vice News reporters and an Iraqi fixer were arrested in southern Turkey last Thursday after filming clashes between security forces and pro-Kurdish PKK youth. Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury, and Mohamed Ismail Rasool were charged by ...

31 Aug
Egypt Sentences Journalists, Announces Parliamentary Elections

Photo Credit: Khaled Desouki An Egyptian court delivered sentences for three Al-Jazeera journalists who were charged with reporting "false news" and conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood. Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian Peter Greste (sentenced in absentia), and Egyptian Baher Mohammed each received 3 years in ...

31 Aug
Protests Escalate in Lebanon for Second Straight Week

Photo Credit: EPA Marching under banners of "#YouStink," tens of thousands of protesters reportedly converged on Martyr's Square in Beirut again this weekend to protest the garbage crisis in Lebanon. What began as peaceful protests was soon broken up ...

24 Aug
Erdogan Calls for Snap Election amid Rising Tensions with Kurds

Photo Credit: Associated Press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  has announced a 're-run' election following the expiration of a 45-day period in which the newly elected parliament was tasked with building a coalition government. President Erdogan's Justice and Development Party ...

14 Aug
First U.S. Fighter Jets Leave Incirlik Air Base

On Wednesday, the first U.S. manned airstrikes against the Islamic State took off from Incirlik, Air Base in Eastern Turkey. The United States sent six F-16 jets and approximately 300 airmen to the base on Sunday, August 9 after Turkey ...

12 Aug
Syrian Human Rights Activist Freed; Assad’s Relative Arrested for Murder

Photo Credit: SCM Syrian authorities have released human rights activist Mazen Darwish after being detained in 2011 on charges of “promoting terrorist acts” and criticizing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, spending more than three years in jail pending a verdict. ...

12 Aug
Highlights of the 2014 Human Rights Report on Libya

Political violence following the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi has resulted in a widespread disintegration of civil and human rights despite the retention of a parliamentary system. In June 2014, Libyans elected an interim Parliament with a 42 percent turnout. These representatives approved a new administration to be headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni. In November 2014, the Supreme Court of Libya invalidated the Thinni administration, dissolving the existing remnants ...

11 Aug
Iraqi Parliament Supports Sweeping Reforms

Photo Credit: Reuters Today, the Iraqi Parliament voted unanimously to approve a monumental government restructuring program set forth by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday. The plan passed with little to no debate, leading the New York Times to call the decision ...

10 Aug
Security Assistance Monitor Spotlight: “Return on Investment” for U.S. Military Aid

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) released a report titled, “Security Cooperation and Assistance: Re-thinking the Return on Investment.” Authors Dafna Rand and Stephen Tankel produce a detailed assessment of the efficacy and implications of the growing ...

07 Aug
Sens. Wyden and Rubio Introduce Bill to Hold Arms Sales to Bahrain

Resolution S.2009, to prohibit the sale of arms and other equipment to Bahrain contingent on reforms, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) this week. The bill (text available here) "would block the sale or transfer ...

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