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Minister of Interior Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said that torture was “banned by the constitution and was punishable under Bahraini law” and “Bahrain is committed to abiding by the relevant international conventions and agreements.” He added that Continue →


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Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted a law to set up a six-member judicial commission, which will “determine the constitutionality of new laws.” Now that this commission has been created, the NCA will be able to move forward Continue →


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Talal al-Barazi, governor of the Syrian city of Homs, one of the last rebel controlled cities, declared today that despite being “an insurgent held-war zone,” the city is ripe for “relatively good elections.” Over 220,000 people from Continue →

C-SPAN 3 TV Covering ATFP event on The Muslim Brotherhood, April 15

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On Tuesday, April 15, the American Task Force on Palestine held a panel entitled, “The Status and Future of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Michele Dunne, Senior Associate in the Middle East Program at The Carnegie Continue →


Meet WNV’s new Networks Editor

by The Editors on April 15, 2014

by The Editors

One thing we’ve learned over the nearly five years that we’ve run this site — a milestone we’re getting ready to celebrate next month, by the way — is that movement coverage is a two way street. Being Continue →

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

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The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission conducted a hearing entitled, “World Bank Lending and Human Rights” on Wednesday April 9. The hearing was chaired by Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA). Representatives Janice Shakowsky (D-IL) Continue →


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On Tuesday morning, Fawaz al-Aytan, the Jordanian ambassador to Libya, was kidnapped along with members of his security staff in central Tripoli. Reportedly, the Moroccan national driving the ambassador was shot and wounded during the abduction. The two masked Continue →


The Middle East and North Africa Club at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)  held a public event called “Terrorism, Party Politics, and the US: Expectations of the Upcoming Iraqi Elections” on Monday, April 14, 2014 to discuss Continue →


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On April 11, the Constitutional Court overturned a law about the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), explaining, “the new articles in this law that bolster the control of the minister of justice over the HSYK are Continue →

Senator Menendez

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The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing entitled, “International Development Priorities in the FY 2015 Budget” on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is chaired by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Continue →


On Tuesday, April 8, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled, “Lebanon’s Security Challenges and U.S. Interests.” Mr. Lawrence Silverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Continue →


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Former Libyan Defense Minster and interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni ”refused to form a new cabinet” and submitted his resignation. But, he said he will “remain in his post as head of the caretaker government.” In a letter, al-Thinni stated that he Continue →

Saleh Mutlaq

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The head of Iraq’s Anbar Province military command rejected assassination claims by supporters of the country’s deputy prime minister Salih al-Mutlaq, who said he “faced an assassination attempt a day earlier while traveling west of Baghdad.” Continue →


Violence Increases as Iraqi Elections Near

by Alexandra on April 11, 2014

Iraqi violence before elections

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Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salih al-Mutlaq and lawmaker Talal al-Zobai of the Iraqiya coalition survived an assassination attempt in Baghdad after their “convoy was ambushed by a group of gunmen with light weapons.” In addition, two car Continue →


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In response to a question about Bahrain’s treatment of medics who helped injured pro-democracy protesters, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki explained, “We have a regular and ongoing conversation with the Bahraini Government on human rights practices. Continue →


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In preparation for the Algerian presidential elections on April 17, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems published an Algerian election guide, which includes information on the legal framework for Algeria’s elections as well as some background on Continue →


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Al Jazeera affiliated journalist Ali Abdel Rahman Shahin was arrested in Suez on Wednesday for “broadcasting false news that mislead the public,” as well as for “belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and inciting violence.” Additionally, the family Continue →


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The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace held a public event called “Youth Inclusion in Morocco: A Discussion with Minister Mohamed Ouzzine” on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The event featured Mohamed Ouzzine, Minister of Youth and Sports, Kingdom Continue →


by Marta Molina

Family members of those who were killed in the so-called “war on drugs” gather for an offer to the dead in Cuernavaca, Mexico in March 2011. (WNV/isolda Osorio)

It has been three years since the main square of Continue →


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The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing called “U.S. Foreign Assistance in FY 2015: What are the Priorities, How Effective?” Representative Edward R. Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, gave the opening statement. Continue →


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The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held the “National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2015 International Affairs Budget” hearing to discuss the FY 2015 international affairs budget requests on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Continue →

Jomaa meets with Kim

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Following Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa‘s meeting with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim last week, Kim announced a $1.2 billion financial package for Tunisia this year. This amount is “four times more than the pre-revolution period and doubling Continue →


The Desert Falcons: An Elite Pro-Assad Force

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on April 8, 2014


By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

In the ongoing rebel offensive on Latakia, a new force on the regime side has come to light: namely, the Suqur al-Sahara’ (‘Desert Falcons’).

Desert Falcons insignia (left), and an anonymous member of the brigade (right).

The Arabic outlet El-Nashra explains:

‘Among Continue →

A portrait of a drone victim in Pakistan as seen from a drone. (

by Eric Stoner

A portrait of a drone victim in Pakistan as seen from a drone. (

In a brilliant creative action, an art collective with the help of enthusiastic locals unfurled an enormous poster in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Continue →


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An Egyptian court upheld the three-year sentences of April 6 Youth Movement activists Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel and well-known blogger Ahmed Douma, ”the first Egyptians to be given jail terms for defying the country’s repressive protest law” and “assaulting the police.” In addition, the court  is fining each of the three activists Continue →


Libyan Protest Closes Benghazi Airport

by Emma on April 6, 2014

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Public and private sector workers, including many oil workers, went on strike in Benghazi today protesting against “worsening security” in the country and demanding the resignation of Libyan parliament whose mandate has expired. The Libya Herald reported Continue →


Hilal al-Assad

Who Was Hilal al-Assad?  By Mohammad D. For Syria Comment, April 5 2014

By the time Hilal al-Assad reached Zahi Azraq Military Hospital in Latakia on Sunday March 23,2014, he was already dead. Latakians were already in a state of turmoil and Continue →

The Latakia Front: An Interview on the Rebel Side

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on April 6, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi.

The interview I have translated below comes from Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, a division of the Moroccan muhajireen group Harakat Sham al-Islam, which has played an important role in the ongoing rebel offensive on Latakia and whose founder Continue →

Syrian refugees in Arsal in Lebanon

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Rifaat Eid, the senior political leader of the Arab Democratic Party, and 11 others were arrested in Tripoli for alleged charges of being tied to an “armed terrorist group.” Eid and the others members of his party were Continue →


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At a meeting between Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and President Barack Obama, Obama announced that the U.S. will “provide the North African nation with $500 million in loan guarantees to help foster democracy.” At the beginning Continue →


Tunisia: ‘Democracy startup’?

by Marisa Holmes and Bruno Giuliani on April 4, 2014

by Marisa Holmes and Bruno Giuliani

On February 3 President Obama called the new Tunisian prime minister, Mehdi Jomaa, to congratulate him on his inauguration, saying, “The United States will continue to be a friend and partner to Tunisia to support its Continue →


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The Turkish government lifted the Twitter ban yesterday evening. The decision came a day after the Constitutional Court, the highest court in Turkey, ruled that the ban was “illegal, arbitrary, and a serious restriction on the right to Continue →


Human Rights Concerns Grow Over F1 Grand Prix

by Alexandra on April 3, 2014

Grand Prix in Bahrain

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As the tenth Formula Once Grand Prix is set to begin on April 4th,  Motor Authority notes, “Despite the ongoing political situation, Bahrain’s annual Grand Prix has managed to morph into a permanent fixture on the Formula One calendar.” Continue →


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Two weeks ahead of Algeria’s presidential elections on April 17, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Algiers for the Opening Plenary Sessions of the U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra. Secretary Kerry remarked yesterday, “We Continue →


The Washington Institute for Near East Policy hosted a policy forum called “Turkey’s Elections: Vote of Confidence or Game-Changer?” The forum featured Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, and Ambassador Continue →


Parliamentary Campaigning Begins in Iraq

by Emma on April 2, 2014

Iraqi traffic police officers control traffic in front of election campaign posters in Baghdad, Iraq,Tuesday April 1, 2014. The election campaign kicked off Tuesday with Iraqi towns and cities flooded with posters of the candidates for parliament seats on main streets and intersections. Photo: Karim Kadim, AP / AP

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Campaigning for Iraq’s parliamentary elections began on Tuesday, the first election campaign since March of 2010. Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is said to be ”eyeing a third term with bloodshed at its highest level since the country emerged from a Continue →


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The Office of the Inspector General released a report last week on the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. The report was highly critical of Ambassador Thomas Krajeski. Among the report’s key judgments was one which said, “The Continue →


State Department Lifts Tunisia Travel Warning

by Alexandra on March 31, 2014

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The U.S. Department of State lifted the travel warning for Tunisia that has been in place since September 15, 2012. The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia website reported, “After assessing the current situation in Tunisia, the Department of State Continue →


Libya’s GNC Paves Way for New Elections

by Lucy on March 31, 2014


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Libya’s General National Congress passed a new electoral law that will allow for general parliamentary elections to be held later this year. The new law hands the responsibility for the elections over to the High National Elections Commission Continue →


Patrick Seale is on his death bed. Yasmine Seale, Patrick’s daughter sent this note to friends.

From: Yasmine Seale Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:04 PM To: Yasmine Seale Subject: Patrick

Dear friends,

I hope this finds you all well. I’m writing to give you news Continue →