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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 →

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On Friday, October 17, POMED and the Congressional Tunisia Caucus held a panel discussion titled “Previewing Tunisia’s Elections,” at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill, with opening remarks from his Excellency M’hamed Ezzine Chelaifa, the Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic to the United States. The panelists Continue →

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Human rights defender Sulaiman Bin Jassim was sentenced in Kuwait by the Court of Misdemeanors on October 19 to one month in prison. On April 18, he monitored a political demonstration in the Al-Andalus area of Kuwait City on behalf of the National Committee for Monitoring Violations Continue →

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Chile’s LGBT movement marches united

by Monse Sepulveda on October 19, 2014

The March (Agencia Uno)

by Monse Sepulveda

The March for the Respect of Sexual Diversity in Chile on October 18. (Agencia Uno)

Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations Continue →

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A civil resistance training by OSCAR in Kabul, Afghanistan (OSCAR)

by Ahmadullah Archiwal

A civil resistance training by OSCAR in Kabul, Afghanistan (OSCAR)

In September, a cadre of seven trainers was trained in nonviolent civil resistance in a five-day workshop conducted by the Organization for Social, Cultural, Awareness and Rehabilitation, or OSCAR, in Kabul. This marked the first ever Training of Continue →

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On October 10 and 11, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon traveled to Tunisia to meet with top Tunisian officials, to “pledge full United Nations support for the North African nation in its forthcoming elections and transition to democracy.”  Ban noted that the UN had already “actively supported the democratic transition with technical assistance Continue →
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The public trust goes on trial

by Jeremy Brecher on October 17, 2014

Alec Johnson spoke at a gathering last month about his 2013 act of civil disobedience against the Keystone XL and his upcoming trial. (Tar Sands Blockade)

by Jeremy Brecher

Alec Johnson spoke at a gathering last month about his 2013 act of civil disobedience against the Keystone XL and his upcoming trial. (Tar Sands Blockade)

On October 23, Alec Johnson, a.k.a. “Climate Hawk,” is scheduled to go on trial for having locked himself to a construction excavator Continue →

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Human rights and pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested in Bahraini court Tuesday for ripping up a picture of the gulf island’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa during her hearing. al-Khawaja was in court on charges for doing the exact same thing in 2012. According to Zainab’s sister, equally Continue →

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