Arab Revolution

by Kate Aronoff

A protest against fracking outside a Democratic party event with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 30, 2014.

In one of the largest environmental victories in recent memory, New Continue →

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University of Chicago

by Joel Veldkamp

Joel Veldkamp is an MA candidate at the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle East Studies. He lived in Damascus, Syria from September 2010 until May 2011. Follow Continue →

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Yemen

 Photo credit: Al Jazeera

Yemen’s 301-seat parliament approved the government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah in a vote of confidence on Thursday, freeing it to tackle major challenges facing Continue →

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Muslim youth unite with other faiths to light a vigil for victims of hostage taker, Man Haron Monis, in Sydney. (Twitter/@mina_ysf)

by Elise Thomas

Muslim youth unite with other faiths to light a vigil for victims of siege in Sydney. (Twitter/@mina_ysf)

On December 15 in Martin Place, Sydney, a man with a Continue →

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A birthday card by artist Molly Crabapple.

by Kate Aronoff

A birthday card by artist Molly Crabapple.

In a Fort Leavenworth cellblock today, Chelsea Manning — the Oklahoma-born U.S. Army soldier who released the largest-ever trove of classified Continue →

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Mara

The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State By Mara Revkin – @MaraRevkin December 17, 2014 for Syria Comment

Notoriously violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), and the Taliban are widely Continue →

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Gezi Park Protesters Face Life Sentences

by Katie on December 16, 2014

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Thirty-five soccer fans who participated in Turkey’s Gezi Park anti-government protests last year are on trial in Istanbul’s Caglayan Courthouse. The individuals, who belong to Continue →

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by Kate Aronoff

Following weeks of protests around the country, 250 protesters shut down the streets in downtown Oakland, Calif., as well as the Oakland Police Department on Monday, calling for Continue →

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Michelle Dunne Denied Entry to Egypt

by Adam on December 15, 2014

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Egyptian authorities briefly detained Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former diplomat, and barred her from Continue →

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RCC members at the organization

By Maxwell Martin, a researcher at ARK, a stabilization consultancy based in Istanbul. He has previously written for Foreign Policy and Syria Comment. Follow him on Twitter @WilayatNowhere

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The Story of Shami Witness

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on December 12, 2014

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Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Those of you reading this post will probably know by now of the latest viral story to hit social media: namely, the revelation of the true identity of Continue →

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Matthew R Stevens

by Matthew R. Stevens

The treatment of Syrian refugees living in urban centres in Jordan is changing radically. New laws, passed in July, are placing strict new limits on who Continue →

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by Kate Aronoff

 

Yesterday afternoon, an estimated 150 Congressional staffers walked out of the job in Washington, D.C., joining the tens of thousands across the country who have already rallied under Continue →

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The new Omnibus bill introduced to Congress yesterday gives the Secretary of State the option to waive conditions placed on economic and military aid to Egypt for national security Continue →

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Protesters at a (Twitter / Hoda Baraka)

by Kate Aronoff

Protesters at a meeting hosted by the industry-backed Global CCS Institute on Monday in Lima. (Twitter / Hoda Baraka)

For those familiar with the annual Conference of Parties Continue →

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Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber discuss the devastating IS campaign to plunder Mosul’s Christians and enslave of thousands of Yazidi women:

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The post Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement Continue →

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Yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced a major overhaul of the cabinet,  naming eight new members to the Council of Ministers. Continue →

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Is Shut It Down the new Occupy?

by Kate Aronoff on December 9, 2014

(Facebook / Black Lives Matter)

by Kate Aronoff

Protesters shut down a BART transit center in Oakland, Calif., last month. (Facebook / Black Lives Matter)

As occupying public spaces was to the Occupy movement, “Shutting It Continue →

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Nouri Abusahmain, the head of Libya

 Photo credit: Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

United Nations Special Envoy Bernadino Leon announced a new round of Libya peace talks due to start next week which are aimed at ending the country’s Continue →

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Tunisia - Canada

 Photo credit: AP Photo/Hassene Dridi

Tunisia’s ISIE  announced that the runoff presidential election will take place on December 21. Incumbent president Moncef Marzouki had originally lodged eight appeals against the results Continue →

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The detention of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter in Iran, was extended for up to an additional 60 days, his family reported. Back in October, Continue →

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