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Morocco: February 20 Movement Restarts Weekly Protests
On Sunday Morocco saw 3,000 demonstrators in Casablanca, and as many as 2,000 called for regime change on the streets of Tangier. These events marked the pro-democracy February 20th Movement's resumption of its weekly Sunday protests, which had ...
By Patricia September 19, 2011 Category: Featured, Monarchy, Morocco, Political transition, Protests, Reform
Defected Syrian Officer Abducted and Handed Over to Syrian Regime
Al 'Arabiya has reported that the highest ranking officer in the Syrian Army to defect, Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Harmoush, along with two other dissident officers were abducted by Turkish intelligence agents and smuggled back across the border into Syria, ...
By Sasha September 19, 2011 Category: Freedom, Government, Protests, Syria
TNC Forces Continue Assault on Gadhafi Strongholds
TNC Forces renewed their assaults against the remaining Gadafhi strongholds of Sirta, Bani Walid and Sabha. Residents are reported to be trapped in Sirte with little food, water, or medical care, while thousands have fled. Fierce fighting for the ...
By Sasha September 19, 2011 Category: Featured, Freedom, Libya, Military, Political transition
Analysis: Foreign Aid Funds Technology to Protect Protesters
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Doyle McManus argues that as "Congress is getting ready to make deep cuts in federal spending, including foreign aid, one program it ought to spare" is the State Department's funding of Internet and ...
By Patricia September 19, 2011 Category: Congress, Democracy Promotion, Egypt, Featured, Foreign Aid, Freedom, Protests, Syria, Technology, US foreign policy
Analysis: Focus on “Iran’s Record of Abuse”
Writing in the Huffington Post, Hadi Ghaemi, the Executive Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights, asks for the U.S. to "challenge Iran's record of abuse and to support the Iranian people's aspirations for rule of law, democratic ...
By Todd September 19, 2011 Category: Featured, Freedom, Human Rights, Iran, Media, US foreign policy
Turkey Seeks “Axis of Democracy” with Egypt
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu envisioned an "axis of democracy" in the region by aligning with Egypt. He said “this will not be an axis against any other country — not Israel, not Iran, not any other country, ...
By Patricia September 19, 2011 Category: Egypt, Featured, Islam and Democracy, NATO, Secularism, Turkey
POMED Notes: “Strengthening Freedom and Democratic Governance”
On Thursday, the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (PFD) partnered with the Lithuanian Embassy, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute to discuss the current challenges facing democracy development and how the PFD can develop an agenda to address those challenges. For full event notes, continue reading. Or, click here for the PDF. The opening series of speakers, entitled “Parliaments and Democracy: The Challenges Ahead,” began with ...
By Todd September 19, 2011 Category: Event Notes, POMED
Yemen: Dozens Slain Amid Street Protests
Twenty-one people were killed and approximately 100 more were injured when snipers fired upon passers-by and peaceful protesters demonstrating at Yemen's Change Square. The clashes arose as protesters pressed further into territory held by government forces. The ...
By Todd September 19, 2011 Category: Featured, Political Parties, Political transition, Protests, Reform, Yemen
Weekly Wire – September 19
POMED's Weekly Wire for September 19 is now available. This week's edition includes coverage of a senior State Department visit to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., as well as the State Department's announcement about the opening of the Middle East Transitions office. Syrian unrest continued as activists formed the Syrian National Council, Algeria loosened longstanding media restrictions, and Iran and Egypt tightened constraints on their press. Mahmoud Jibril gave his first public ...
By Anna September 19, 2011 Category: Weekly Wire
Op-Ed: “A Troop Drawdown That Would Fail Iraq”
As recent media reports suggest that the Obama administration has made a decision to reduce the number of troops in Iraq, possibly to as few as 3,000. However, administration officials have denied any decision has been made on troop levels in Iraq. In an editorial by senators John McCain(R-AR) , Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT), and Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC), they argued that "such an approach would disregard the recommendations of our ...
By Alex September 18, 2011 Category: Government, Iraq, Military, US foreign policy, US politics
“Release of U.S. Hikers in Iran Delayed”
The release of the two jailed American hikers in Iran,Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, was delayed Sunday because one of the judges was on vacation. The lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, said "when he attempted to get the two signatures required for the ...
By Alex September 18, 2011 Category: Human Rights, Iran
U.S. and Bahrain in Reported Arms Deal
Defpro.com, a defense news website, reported that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential arms deal with Bahrain worth around $53 million. Bahrain is seeking to purchase "armored high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, TOW missiles ...
By Alex September 18, 2011 Category: Bahrain, Government, US foreign policy
Syria: Dissidents Meet Outside Damascus
After 44 people were killed on Friday after morning prayers in anti-government protests, 200 dissidents met outside Damascus to unite key opposition figures. The meeting comes two days after Syrian opposition figures formed the Syrian National Council (SNC) to ...
By Alex September 17, 2011 Category: Civil Society, Human Rights, Political transition, Protests, Syria
Bahrain: Security Forces Fire Tear Gas at Funeral
On Friday, a funeral precession held for a man killed by tear gas was attacked by Bahraini security forces.Tens of thousands of people were attending the funeral of Jawad Marhun, who died from overexposure of tear gas on ...
By Alex September 17, 2011 Category: Bahrain, Human Rights, Political transition, Protests, Rule of Law
POMED Notes: Congressional Hearing on U.S. Assistance to the PA
On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the issue of U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority and more broadly, to the United Nations. For full event notes, continue reading. Or, click here for the PDF. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) chaired the committee hearing and opened the hearing with an opening statement. Ros-Lehtinen stated that the purpose of the hearing was to “address the troubling turn of events ...
By Alex September 17, 2011 Category: Committee Meetings, Congressional Hearing Notes (House), Foreign Aid, Palestine, United Nations, US foreign policy, US politics
State Dept. Releases International Religious Freedom Reports
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced the State Department's annual International Religious Freedom Report, stating that "it is our core conviction that religious tolerance is one of the essential elements not only of a sustainable democracy but of ...
By Todd September 16, 2011 Category: Algeria, Bahrain, Civil Society, Egypt, Freedom, Iran, Iraq, Islam and Democracy, Islamist movements, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, US politics
Syria: Opposition Creates National Council
On Thursday, a group of Syrian activists announced the formation of a Syrian National Council (SNC) as a united front against President Bashar al-Assad.  Sophia Jones, writing at Foreign Policy Magazine, obtained a document outlining the SNC's structure, membership, ...
By Alex September 16, 2011 1 comments Category: Civil Society, Freedom, Political transition, Reform, Syria
POMED Notes: “Saudi Arabia in the Shadow of the Arab Revolt”
On Friday, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center held a discussion with David Ottaway, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, with a welcome by Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, who opened the discussion by describing Ottaway’s new paper and how it relates Saudi Arabia to the Arab Spring.  For full event notes, continue reading. Or, click here ...
By Alex September 16, 2011 Category: Events, Monarchy, Political Islam, Political transition, Saudi Arabia
“Egyptians Rally Against Emergency Laws”
In response to the reinstatement of emergency law, hundreds gathered in Tahrir Square in Egypt to protest the military leader's decision. Protesters in Tahrir are said to be chanting "Down with the Emergency Law! Down with military rule," ...
By Alex September 16, 2011 Category: Egypt, Human Rights, Political transition, Protests, Rule of Law
Jordan: Protests Reveal Rift over Palestinian Issue
The protests planned via Facebook for Thursday evening outside the Israeli embassy, which prompted the early departure of the Israeli diplomatic mission in Amman, drew a turnout of 200 mostly young protesters. The discussion of the Palestinian bid for ...
By Patricia September 16, 2011 Category: Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Protests, United Nations
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