Month: March 2019

Whistleblowers Are Facing “Medieval” Trials With Secret Evidence

Charged with “spreading fake news” in a trial where the presiding judge insisted the evidence was highly secret, the lawyer in charge of Abderrahmane and Cheikh’s case has called it “reminiscent of the middle ages”.

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MBS Has Released Some Of The Jailed Women’s Rights Activists. What’s He Planning?

Last week, the jailed Saudi women’s rights activists appeared in court. Three were conditionally released shortly afterwards, but they are far from regaining their freedom.

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Christchurch Reminded Me of the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre

Twenty-five years before Christchurch, a terrorist snuck into a mosque and opened fire on worshippers as they knelt in prostration. He killed 29, including seven children. This article is the first in a personal series that will delve deeply into radicalization, exclusion, faith and a past self.

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Before Jamal Khashoggi, There Was My Uncle

This past week marked 29 years since my uncle, Izzat Al-Magariaf, disappeared in Cairo, in circumstances tragically reminiscent of the Jamal Khashoggi case.

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My Brother Has Been Arrested for Exposing Presidential Fraud

Abderrahmane Weddady, a human rights and transparency advocate, has been arrested for uncovering massive graft linked to the President.

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Interview with Raed Fares: The Man Who Built a Civil Society in a War Zone

Interview with Raed Fares: The Man Who Built a Civil Society in a War Zone https://youtu.be/2JuuTYVBBuc On Friday, November 23, 2018; Raed Fares – a friend of ours and a hero of the Syrian revolution – was assassinated in northern Syria by masked gunmen suspected of being affiliated with al-Qaeda. This episode features an interview…

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How the Saudis Made Jeff Bezos Public Enemy No. 1

Inside the four-month campaign targeting the world’s richest man.

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How the Bouteflika Clan Engineered a Political Deadlock

Algeria underwent a political earthquake this week after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, under pressure of nationwide mass protests, withdrew his candidacy to a fifth term at the helm of the nation of 42-million people. On the face of it, this is a resounding victory for Algeria’s youth. In reality, the ruling establishment’s response to this resounding…

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Who Really Rules Algeria?

A few hours after publishing this article, news broke that Bouteflika will not be seeking a fifth term in office, and that this year’s presidential elections will be postponed to a later date. With this news, the article below is even more relevant; as the powers behind him must manoeuvre again we must ask – who really rules, and how will this transition be different from other regional countries such as Egypt?

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Creative Protest Signs from Algeria

Based on the massive turnout over the last few days, it’s no longer a matter of debate; Algeria is in the midst of an  uprising against Bouteflika and the Algerian deep state. Arab regimes are often very bad at gauging the popular mood. For years, we have advocated paying attention to protest signs in the…

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