Middle East

Occupy Democracy brings London a blast from its past

by Kate Aronoff on October 25, 2014

A protester involved with Occupy Democracy outside of parliament in London. (Twitter/JJ Wyatt)

by Kate Aronoff

A protester involved with Occupy Democracy outside of parliament in London. (Twitter/JJ Wyatt)

Inspired partially by Occupy Central in Hong Kong, London’s newly formed Occupy Democracy is being called a revival of Occupy London, which for a brief time in 2011 served as a major center of the Continue →

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Al-Wefaq member Majeed Milad released a report today, which declares that the new distribution of electoral constituencies in Bahrain is worse than it was in the 2010 elections. Comparing stats from 2010 to the current distribution revealed that 13,600 votes won by the opposition in 2010 Continue →

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Today Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry issued a warning to women not to drive after a renewed social media campaign urged women to challenge the men-only road rules. The announcement comes just ahead of the one-year anniversary of a demonstration in which dozens of Saudi women Continue →

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Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali urged civil society groups a not to “prejudge” a new draft law governing civil society and NGO activist activity. Activists fear that, if enacted into law, the bill would impose crippling restrictions on the freedoms Egyptians feel they “won” in the 2011 Continue →

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Jabhat Ansar al-Din: Analysis and Interview

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on October 23, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

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Jabhat Ansar al-Din [Supporters/Partisans of the Religion Front] is a coalition of four groups originally set up in July of this year, comprising Harakat Sham al-Islam, Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa al-Ansar, The Green Battalion and Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiya. Of these groups, Harakat Sham Continue →

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

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I have previously written on Sunni groups created within Iraq to fight against the Islamic State [IS], but what about in Syria? Some attention has been devoted to the group “Al-Kafn Al-Abyad” (The White Shroud), but on social media I have seen some Continue →

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Israel is sick and needs treatment says president

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

1) Mondoweiss on President Rivlin’s speech, 2) Times of Israel report of the conference.

President Reuven Rivlin, above, has been more overtly hostile to a Palestinian state than his predecessor Shimon Peres, but appears to be more perturbed about the effects of the status quo on Israelis.

Israeli president’s diagnosis — ‘Israel Continue →

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Blaming Israel for MidEast violence

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

The opinion piece in the Jordan Times is followed by a report from the Daily Telegraph.

Anti-American protest in Cairo, 2013. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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By Hassan A. Barari, Jordan Times October 20, 2014

Whether the perpetuation of the Arab-Israeli conflict destabilises the Middle East or not is an unresolved debate in Continue →

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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 by 15 other activists for human and women’s rights. Law enforcement took no Continue →

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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 Continue →

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Anger in E. Jerusalem still rising

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

The AFP analysis of the means used to transfer property from Palestinian to Israeli Jewish ownership is followed by a report of the new police unit for East Jerusalem.

The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque compound sit atop the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a densely-populated Palestinian neighbourhood Continue →

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EU draws its red lines on Israeli expansion

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

Givat Hamatos: the first pre-fab home, often the first sign of a new illegal settlement. EU seeks talks with Israel over ‘red lines’ in West Bank

Israeli officials fear that proposed negotiations are prelude to further European sanctions.

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz October 22, 2014

The European Union is interested in opening negotiations with Continue →

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