21 Nov
POMED Notes — “Travails of Transition in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen”

The Middle East Institute hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, November 20, 2014 on the status of the political transitions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen. The event was part of MEI’s 68th Annual Conference on the Middle East, this year's being "Navigating the Storm: The Middle East in 2015." Paul Salem moderated the panel, and was joined by Charles Schmitz, Amr El Shobaki, Frederic Wehrey, and William Lawrence. Salem ...

21 Nov
U.N. Security Council Blacklists Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia

 Photo credit: Reuters On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council added two new branches of Libyan Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terrorist list after accusations surfaced of its involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission ...

20 Nov
House Passes Resolution Condemning Iran’s State of Human Rights

Photo Credit: NCR Iran Just a few days ahead of the November 24 deadline for world powers to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation condemning Iran's violations of human rights. ...

19 Nov
Congress Considers Waiving Restrictions on Egypt Aid

 Photo Credit: Reuters Washington lawmakers are deciding whether or not to ease restrictions on U.S. military aid to Egypt. The restrictions were instituted after the military's ouster of former elected President Mohammed Morsi, and their repeal was to ...

18 Nov
Media Bans Substantiate Claims of Deteriorating Press Freedoms in Turkey

Photo Credit: Reuters Correspondents from the Zaman and Bugun newspapers, the Samanyolu TV station and Cihan news reported that they have been shut out of official press events since the inauguration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. These media organizations ...

17 Nov
Egypt to Try Five al-Azhar Students In Military Court

Photo Credit: AP The Egyptian government announced that five al-Azhar students charged with rioting, belonging to a terrorist group, and arson, will be tried in a military court rather than a civil criminal court. A Cairo criminal court ...

17 Nov
Former Tehran Prosecutor Disbarred Over Death and Torture of Protesters

Photo Credit: BBC News Former Tehran prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, a former ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disbarred and banned from all positions in the Iranian government, for five years, and was barred for life from holding any judicial ...

17 Nov
Tunisian NGO Founder Speaks of Tunisia as an Example of Good Governance for the Region

Open Society released a video by Amira Yahyaoui, a Tunisian activist who was "active against Ben Ali's regime as a member of the Tunisian anti-censorship and freedom of speech movement." After the revolution, Yahyaoui founded Al-Bawsala, a Tunisian public policy NGO that works on promoting and advocating for human rights, good governance, citizen inclusion, and accountability in the country. It also holds a platform, 'marsad.tn' that "monitors the work of the Tunisian parliament and ...

13 Nov
State Dept Spokesperson Discusses U.S. Business Delegation to Egypt

Photo Credit: Toledo Blade On Tuesday, representatives from more than 60 U.S. companies wrapped up a visit to Egypt, described as "the largest such delegation in history that aimed to explore potential businesses to boost the country's ailing economy." ...

12 Nov
U.S. Welcomes New Cabinet in Yemen; Treasury Announces Sanctions on Former President Saleh

 Photo Credit: MEE/Yousef Mawry Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi swore in a new cabinet Sunday, despite opposition from both the Houthi rebels and the ruling General People's Congress (GPC). U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki

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