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Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading say Amnesty International


Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, say Amnesty International. The mass protests which began on 14 February 2011 were met … Continue reading

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Barzani takes a risk


  The  call made by Masoud Barzani (right), President of Iraqi Kurdistan, for a referendum on independence for the autonomous region makes little sense from a nationalistic point of view. His first announcement of a referendum, in July 2014, followed … Continue reading

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‘I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring


The Arab Spring began five years ago when two men set themselves on fire in Tunisia. One of them survived his self-immolation — and now wishes he hadn’t. His story, written by Clemens Höges, appeared in the online version of Germany’s … Continue reading

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Religious tolerance: the UAE’s interfaith success


The religious divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims has rarely been so apparent in contemporary times, as it is right now. Regionally, we have also seen, Copts, Kurds and Yazidis, among others, suffer the tragic consequences of an intolerance, most … Continue reading

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Iran at the crossroads

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There have always been two Irans. A conservative, inward-looking Iran, suspiciously eyeing the world beyond its borders and seeking to export instability to maintain internal stability. And a global-minded Iran, engaged in the world, seeking good relations with neighbours and … Continue reading

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Egypt among world’s worst in gender equality


  Egypt has ranked 136 out of 145 countries in gender equality to achieve the unenviable position of being among the 10 worst countries for gender equality in the world, according to theWorld Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015 … Continue reading

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Obama steps closer to Tehran – with limits


President Obama has signed  directing his administration to begin issuing waivers to Iran nuclear sanctions — but the waivers will only go into effect once Iran meets its obligations under the agreement limiting its nuclear program. The presidential memorandum marks … Continue reading

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There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends.


 Op-ed by Marwan Barghouti, originally published by The Guardian  The current escalation in violence did not start with thekilling of two Israeli settlers, it started a long while ago and has been going on for years. Every day Palestinians are … Continue reading

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Egypt-Tunisia links improve but no imminent agreement on Libya expected

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The Libyan crisis cast its shadows over Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi’s recent visit to Egypt to meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The leaders have different approaches to Libya, and Essebsi’s October visit ended without any agreement on how … Continue reading

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Regional nuclear ambitions become reality


  While the world’s attention has focused on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, other players in the Middle East have been laying their own plans to develop nuclear power to meet future energy needs. Saudi Arabia, the most ambitious of the group, … Continue reading

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