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Iraq’s parliament was due to elect a president on Wednesday, July 23, but postponed the vote by a day, ”delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim insurgency” that has claimed the second-largest Iraqi city, Mosul. Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, a Continue →


Lebanon Fails Again to Elect New President

by Jeremy on July 23, 2014

Lebanese Parliament

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For the ninth time in a row, Lebanon’s parliament has failed to elect a new president “due to lack of quorum” as a new hearing was set for August 12. Lebanon’s constitution demands that 86 of the 128-member parliament must be present in order to elect a new Continue →


POMED Notes: Libya: Updates from the Field

by Shiyun on July 22, 2014


On Monday, July 21, Atlantic Council held an event entitled “Libya: Update from the Field.” Fadel Lamen, President of the National Dialogue Preparatory Commission and Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of Atlantic Council, spoke on the status of Libya’s transitional process in the current Continue →


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On Monday July 21, 2014, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) held an event entitled “Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East.” The event featured Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Paul R. Pillar, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Continue →


Libya Announces Final Election Results

by Jeremy on July 22, 2014


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After Libya’s final parliamentary election results were announced, “Liberal factions” appear to be the biggest winners as “commentators say liberals will fill most seats in the new parliament, unlike the former assembly which was dominated by Islamists.”

A Libyan government official, Younes Fannouch, told AFP that “according to my estimates, Continue →

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“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen – @matthias1981 July 22, 2014

Islamic state: a lion and a fox?

The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result Continue →



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Bahrain’s Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit against main opposition party al-Wefaq, seeking to suspend its activities for three months. The charges filed in the suit include “failing to comply with rules of transparency when holding general meetings,” most likely in response to the visit of recently-expelled U.S. Assistant Continue →


Jordan May Change Stance on Syria

by Jeremy on July 21, 2014

King Abdullah of Jordan


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The Jordanian government neutralized its stance towards Syria, after Information Minister Mohammad al-Momani announced that Jordan “was not interested in training Syrian opposition forces on its territory” adding that its “public policy has always been not to interfere in Syrian affairs.” The development comes soon after Barack Obama announced his $500 million plan Continue →


Muslim-American Leaders Boycott #WhiteHouseIftar

by Anna Lekas Miller on July 21, 2014

US President Barack Obama speaks at an Iftar meal, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, at the White House in Washington. (AFP)

by Anna Lekas Miller

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an Iftar meal, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, at the White House in Washington. (AFP)

On Monday, President Barack Obama hosted his eleventh White House Iftar, an interfaith dinner breaking the fast of Ramadan with prominent Muslim-American politicians such Continue →


From Ellsberg to Snowden — from risks to hacks

by Nathan Schneider on July 19, 2014

Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg (bottom-left). (Twitter/Zen Albatross)

by Nathan Schneider

Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg (bottom-left). (Twitter/Zen Albatross)

Sharing the stage today with a video feed of Edward Snowden, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg noted that the new generation of whistleblowers has improved his reputation. Government officials and others seeking to discredit Snowden and Chelsea Manning have claimed Continue →


Arab-Americans take on hate

by Anna Lekas Miller on July 19, 2014

Arab-American led campaign "Take On Hate" logo

by Anna Lekas Miller

Arab-American led campaign “Take On Hate” logo

On Tuesday, several members of New York City’s Arab-American community filed into the Good Shephard’s Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for the launch of the Take On Hate campaign, a media and policy campaign orchestrated around tackling perceptions of Continue →


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Eighteen Members of Congress have signed a bipartisan letter to King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to express “concern and disappointment” with his government’s recent decision to expel Tom Malinowski, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from Bahrain.

He was expelled in the first use Continue →