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 . The General Intelligence Directorate (GID) 

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 ...

04 Jan
Egyptian Activist Ahmed Maher Released after Three-Year Sentence

Ahmed Maher, a co-founder of the April 6 movement, was scheduled to be released from Egyptian prison on January 2, 2017, after completing a three-year sentence for illegal protesting. He was finally released early Thursday morning. Despite ...

04 Jan
Jailed Journalist Dies after Hunger Strike

British-Algerian Journalist Mohammed Tamalt died in a coma on December 11, following a three-month hunger strike intended to protest his two-year jail sentence in Algeria. The jail term came as a result of a poem written on Facebook by ...

10 Nov 2016
After Two-Year Gap, Aoun Becomes Lebanon’s New President

After more than two years of delay, Lebanon's Parliament elected Michael Aoun, a former chief in the national army, as the country's next president on October 31. The office was left vacant after the Michel Suleiman’s term ended ...

23 Sep 2016
Morocco Prepares for October Parliamentary Elections

Morocco is preparing to hold parliamentary elections on October 7, marking its second parliamentary election since 2011. Approximately thirty political parties are participating, including Morocco’s ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD). In 2011, the PJD won 27 percent ...

15 Sep 2016
Senators Introduce Bill to Block Saudi Arms Sale

In the wake of a $1.15 billion arms sale announced in August 2016, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced S.J.Res. 39, a joint resolution of disapproval to block the sale. Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and ...

12 Sep 2016
Syria Ceasefire Set to Begin despite Doubts

Photo Credit: AFP On Monday, September 12, a 10-day ceasefire is set to begin in Syria, followed by joint U.S.-Russia air strikes on jihadist militants. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in ...

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