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Tunisia: A success story?

On January 26, Tunisia - the first country to undergo an Arab Spring revolution - approved a new constitution, marking a historic event in the …

#BBCtrending: Why Twitter is so big in Saudi Arabia

<b>The hashtag #Why_did_Twitter_succeed_in_Saudi_Arabia is trending - with many Saudis saying it gives them freedom to express themselves in an otherwise restricted nation.</b><p>Since it started on Tuesday, there have been more than 10,000 tweets using the hashtag #Why_did_Twitter_succeed_in_Saudi_Arabia …

Syria's young wounded at refugee camp

Review: In Malignant Metaphor, Alanna Mitchell sets out to discover cancer’s outsized power on our collective psyche

Since finding out that I have cancer, I've tried, largely unsuccessfully, to avoid books and movies that use cancer as a major plot point. I don't want to watch some "brave" character succumb to the disease that's become my constant companion. Considering how pervasive this disease feels in our …

No end in sight for Egypt crackdown | Egypt

On the morning of October 31, 15-year-old Yomna Abu Eissa was wearing her school uniform and carrying her backpack when she was handcuffed and taken into custody in Alexandria, Egypt's second-biggest city .<p>Her school uniform was ultimately replaced by the plain white garments worn by prisoners. In …

Iraqi army launches major assault on Ramadi

The Iraqi military has launched a major operation on Ramadi city in the country's west to expel armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and end their weeks-long partial control of parts of the city.<p>Sunday's operation, which involved police, pro-government fighters and special forces, sought to wrest back …

Sound bombs found in Minya while dispersing Brotherhood protest

Minya security services have seized a black bag with five sound bombs and fireworks used by protesters against security services while dispersing a …

Turkey: Between Deep State and Dictatorship

Middle East<p>Michael Rubin / Jan. 17, 2014<p>A<p>Turkey, at the beginning of 2014, looks remarkably different than Turkey just a year ago. Certainly, the …

Egyptians Go To Polls With Opposition Largely Silenced

As Egyptians begin voting on a new constitution, the opposition to the huge role that nation's military plays in life there has been pushed to the side, NPR's Leila Fadel reported Tuesday from Cairo.<p>On <i>Morning Edition</i>, she told host Renee Montagne that the arrests of those who try to oppose the …

Preliminary results: 97.7% of votes in favour of Egyptian draft constitution - Politics - Egypt

The High Electoral Committee announced on Thursday afternoon that voters in <b>Cairo</b> governorate have backed the new constitution with a 95.2 percent …

Tunisia's Arab Spring: Three years on | US & Canada

On Thursday, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh of the Islamist Ennahda party announced his resignation, following through on a compromise negotiated by the ruling party. His exit comes as the Tunisian constituent assembly prepares to adopt <b></b>the country's post-revolution constitution, capping a …

Egypt votes ‘yes’ for future and ‘no’ to Muslim Brotherhood | | MEO

Egyptians queued outside polling stations on Tuesday to vote on a new constitution many said they had not read but would approve anyway in support of …

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Tunisia Makes Progress on Minority Rights — And the World Ignores It

“News of disaster is the only narrative people need. The darker the news, the grander the narrative.” This observation, made by a character in Don …

Inside Iraq: Two years after U.S. withdrawal, are things worse than ever?

On a bitterly cold December morning in 2011, we watched as the last U.S. troops crossed the border into Kuwait, ending America's war in Iraq.<p>More than 100 vehicles were in that convoy, snaking its way across the desert and through the floodlit border crossing, leaving behind empty bases and …

Tunisia's interim prime minister to step down

Tunisia's interim Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh has confirmed that he will submit his resignation Thursday, the state news agency reported, as part of a deal aimed at putting the North African country's transition to democracy back on track.<p>His successor, Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa, is expected …

Is This Arab Spring Country Finally Getting It Right?

Tunisia — the country that launched the Arab uprisings — is celebrating the third anniversary of its revolution Tuesday.<p>Since the departure of Tunisia's dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, there's been a struggle between religious and secular forces, which has been the case in other Arab Spring …

Turkey's Democratic Mirage

In 1996, Ergun Ozbudun, a well-known and well-regarded Turkish academic, published an article in the Journal of Democracy called “<b>Turkey: How Far</b> …

Political Science

Iraq War Vets Reflect as Al Qaeda Rebounds

Iranian president to attend World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

TEHRAN — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later this month, Iranian news media reported Saturday, in an apparent attempt to boost diplomatic efforts that have stalled in recent weeks.<p>Rouhani will be the first Iranian president to attend the annual …

Is Your School or Classroom a Comfortable Place to Learn?

"Adult chairs are padded. Adult chairs roll. But the learners? Unyielding polypropylene."<p>I’m a big fan of Prakash Nair, the award winning architect …