22 Oct
Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Stages Sit-in at Bar Association

Photo Credit: The Nation Yesterday, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh staged a sit-in outside the Iranian Bar Association office in Tehran to protest the three year ban that will prevent her from practicing law. Sotoudeh was joined ...

22 Oct
POMED Notes: “Iranian Policy Toward the Iraqi And Syrian Crises”

On Tuesday, October 21 2014, the Wilson Center hosted an event titled “Iranian Policy Toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises.”  The event featured Jubin Goodarzi, the Deputy Head of the International Relations Department at Webster University. Mr. Goodarzi was introduced by Haleh Esfandiari, the Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center. For a full summary of the event, continue reading below or click here for a PDF. Mr. Goodarzi analyzed the ...

21 Oct
Libya’s Elected Parliament Declares Alliance With Operation Dignity Militia Forces

 Photo Credit: Reuters Libya's House of Representatives formally declared an alliance with renegade former general Khalifa Haftar and his militia, Operation Dignity, in a bid to counteract Islamist influence in the country. According to parliament spokesperson Farraj Hashem, ...

21 Oct
Turkish Parliament to Consider New Protest Laws

 Photo Credit: World Bulletin Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the Turkish government will introduce a bill in parliament which would give law enforcement greater powers over protests. The introduction of the bill will follow violent clashes ...

20 Oct
State Dept Welcomes Selection of New Iraqi Cabinet Ministers

 Photo credit: VOA News The State Department issued a statement on Saturday congratulating the Iraqi people and their representatives in parliament on the decision to elect seven new cabinet ministers, completely filling the cabinet for the first time since ...

20 Oct
Prosecutor Drops Charges for 53 Defendants Involved in Erdogan Corruption Scandal

Photo Credit: Diepresse On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor dropped charges against 53 defendants involved in a "sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics" and had threatened the government of recently elected ...

20 Oct
U.S. Condemns Ongoing Violence in Libya in Joint Statement with EU members

Photo Credit: al-Ahram France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States issued a joint statement Saturday, condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an "immediate cessation of hostilities." The statement expressed concern for General ...

20 Oct
POMED Notes: “Previewing Tunisia’s Elections”

On Friday, October 17, POMED and the Congressional Tunisia Caucus held a panel discussion titled “Previewing Tunisia’s Elections,” at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill, with opening remarks from his Excellency M’hamed Ezzine Chelaifa, the Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic to the United States. The panelists were Alexis Arieff, Africa Policy Analyst at the Congressional Research Service, Jeffrey England, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa ...

20 Oct
Kuwait Sentences Bin Jassim to one Month Imprisonment; Sparks Reaction from HR Organizations

Photo Credit: Frontline Defenders Human rights defender Sulaiman Bin Jassim was sentenced in Kuwait by the Court of Misdemeanors on October 19 to one month in prison. On April 18, he monitored a political demonstration in the Al-Andalus area of Kuwait City on behalf of the National Committee for Monitoring Violations (NCV), where he worked , "when he was brutally assaulted by two Special Forces officers and shot at with rubber ...

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 ...

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