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On Wednesday July 30, 2014, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted an event on “Tunisia’s Political Prospects.” The discussion featured Duncan Pickard, Nonresident Fellow at the Rafiki Hariri Center, and Fatima Hadji, Program Officer for the Maghreb at the National Endowment for Continue →

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Rezaian

 

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Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing alarm over the “reports that an American journalist, Jason Rezaian, was detained in Tehran last week with his wife and two others.” Noting that press freedom in Iran has not had a secure record, Casey suggests that Continue →

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Activists from RSF demonstrate

 

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The State Department called on Iran to release detained American Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three others after they were arrested last week. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a press briefing that “we call on the Iranian Government to immediately release Mr. Rezaian and the other three individuals,” and that the Continue →

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Libya

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Violence in Libya continues to escalate as Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning. According to Reuters, the country has “descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war” in the last two weeks. The death toll has exceeded 150, Continue →

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The Factions of Raqqa Province

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on July 29, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Much has been noted of the presence of the Islamic State in Raqqa province, where the group controls all major urban localities (Raqqa city, Tabqa, Ma’adan, and Tel Abyad), as well as the Kurdish militias just west of Tel Abyad, from which town they were expelled back Continue →

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Minority Dynamics in Syria

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on July 29, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

With the Syrian civil war well into its fourth year, it is apparent that political and militia dynamics that have developed with Syria’s main minorities (in this analysis, excluding the Kurds)- namely, Alawites, Druze and Christians- have largely remained unchanged and if anything have only solidified. With Continue →

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The State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 was released, highlighting threats to religious freedom in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Bahrain. The release of the report coincided with the nomination of David Saperstein for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, who Secretary of State John Kerry noted in a press Continue →

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Jewish Voice for Peace occupies Friends of the IDF

by Anna Lekas Miller on July 28, 2014

Jewish Voice for Peace members unfurl a banner at the Friends of IDF office in New York City. (Facebook)

by Anna Lekas Miller

Jewish Voice for Peace members unfurl a banner at the Friends of IDF office in New York City. (Facebook)

On Tuesday, a group of activists organized by Jewish Voice For Peace, a grassroots organization of Jewish-Americans against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, filed into the Friends of Continue →

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Until education is free for all, organize elites too

by Kate Aronoff on July 26, 2014

Organizing on private school campuses was a vital force in the anti-apartheid struggle (Flickr / Duke University Archives)

by Kate Aronoff

Organizing on private school campuses was a vital force in the anti-apartheid struggle (Flickr / Duke University Archives)

There are more than a few reasons not to attend an elite college. Between the Ivy Leagues and well-ranked liberal arts colleges, ambitious applicants now have 50 institutions to choose Continue →

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21 arrested in Utah Tar Sands fight

by Kate Aronoff on July 26, 2014

Activists blockade the Tar Sands construction in Utah (Flickr / 350)

by Kate Aronoff

 

Activists blockade the Tar Sands construction in Utah (Flickr / 350)

On Tuesday, authorities in PR Springs — about an hour outside of Moab, Utah — arrested 21 people for blockading building equipment at a construction site on indigenous Ute land. The machinery in question belongs to U.S. Continue →

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NGO trial

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On Thursday, July 24, 2014 the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled “The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt.” The first panel comprised of testimony from Charles Michael Johnson, Jr., Director of International Security and Counterterrorism Continue →

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Six Californias, one free-market paradise

by Kate Aronoff on July 25, 2014

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by Kate Aronoff

(JD Lasica/Flickr)

As a New Jersey native, I’ve fantasized many times about splitting the state in two. No longer having to specify that I’m from southern New Jersey — land of gorgeous beaches, the Pine Barrens and the blueberry capital of the world — would save me the Continue →

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