Arab Revolution

Al Wefaq

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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 →


Jabhat Ansar al-Din: Analysis and Interview

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on October 23, 2014


By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Logo of Jabhat Ansar al-Din

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 →


By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Logo of “The White Shroud”

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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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 →


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 →

Ex-general Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference after surviving an assassination attempt, in Al Marj

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Libya’s House of Representatives formally declared an alliance with renegade former general Khalifa Haftar and his militia, Operation Dignity, in a bid to counteract Islamist influence in the country. According to parliament spokesperson Farraj Hashem,  parliament gave Operation Dignity an official role leading officers and soldiers Continue →


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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the Turkish government will introduce a bill in parliament which would give law enforcement greater powers over protests. The introduction of the bill will follow violent clashes between pro-Kurdish protesters and police that killed more than 35 people across Turkey. Continue →

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The State Department issued a statement on Saturday congratulating the Iraqi people and their representatives in parliament on the decision to elect seven new cabinet ministers, completely filling the cabinet for the first time since 2010. Parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Khaled al-Obeidi as the new Continue →


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On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor dropped charges against 53 defendants involved in a “sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics” and had threatened the government of recently elected President Tayyip Erdogan. The case “posed one of the biggest challenges to Erdogan’s 11-year Continue →


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France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States issued a joint statement Saturday, condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an “immediate cessation of hostilities.” The statement expressed concern for General Khalifa Haftar‘s recent assault on Islamist positions in Benghazi. Haftar is a former Continue →