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A Guide to Sudan’s Armed Rebels

With peace negotiations set to resume on October 14th, the new Sudanese government is looking to end decades of civil war. Who are the movements and leaders they’ll be negotiating with?

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9 Lessons from Egypt

Egypt’s latest protest outbreak has surprised almost everyone, but look a little deeper at reactions and you’ll find that the lessons of 2011 have still not been absorbed.

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Evo Morales and the Authoritarian Betrayal of Democracy

Despite coming to power thanks to the indigenous rights movement, Morales’ administration has been eroding democratic infrastructure and cracking down on protesters.

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What’s Happening in Sudan? Explaining the Last Two Months

On April 11th, the Sudanese people were ecstatic. Five days earlier,  a massive protest organized by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) culminated in a sit-in before the Sudanese military’s headquarters in Khartoum. Now Sudanese television and radio played military music and announced that the military would release an important statement “shortly.” This signalled to the…

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In solidarity with the people of Sudan

Under the eyes of the world, a massacre is happening in Sudan. Regime military forces have moved in to break up multiple peaceful protests and sit-ins across the country with live ammunition and deadly force. At least 26 protesters have reportedly been killed so far, with hundreds injured, and mobile internet is being blocked in…

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The international community has failed in its duty to Libya

It’s not too late to avert all-out war in Libya, though it creeps closer every day Haftar’s offensive continues. Nadine Dahan and Ahmed Gatnash lay out steps for the international community.

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In Libya, traditional and social media are used to fuel war

Biased news outlets, unprofessional journalism and systematic use of social media for disinformation have combined to create the perfect storm of confusion.

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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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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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Here’s Why Mohammad bin Salman May have a Huge Grudge Against Jeff Bezos

We’ve been looking into the relationship between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) and Jeff Bezos for a few days – here’s the picture we can see so far – we’ll keep updating this as we find out more. Is it possible that MBS thought he could get away with Khashoggi’s murder because of this relationship?

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Saudi Arabia May Be Involved in the Bezos Blackmail Scandal

We’ve been looking into the relationship between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) and American tech entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, and how that ties into the recent scandal over leaked images of Bezos, the Saudi media campaign against the Washington Post, and more. Here’s our run-down, which will be regularly updated as more comes to light.

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Recap: What are the Saudi reforms?

With all that’s going on recently, it’s important to clarify some previously made points about the Saudi Arabian reforms.

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The Betrayal of the Statist Left

The Iraq War catastrophe happened thanks to a coalition of right-wingers, but ultimately the Iraq War broke the Left. Many leftists today are unable to think about foreign policy or about the Middle East beyond the prism of the Iraq War, as if history stopped in 2003. Leftism is supposed to be about support for…

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Racists in the Human Rights Community

If you’re born in a country that, at the moment of your birth, already grants you your fundamental rights, you’re already more privileged than over half the population of the planet. Other people elsewhere have to literally die so that their children get a shot at these rights. I recognize of course that many countries…

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Big Mustache – a Tale of Arab World Governance

I was struck by a recent report in the LA Times – some residents of Mukalla, al-Qaeda’s former capital in southern Yemen, express nostalgia for the terror group. How is it that groups such as al-Qaeda continue to outdo local governments in providing basic services? The answer is governance. Governance is key to deal with…

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When the Corrupt Implement Corruption Purges

What happens when MBS imprisons and tortures billionaires into giving up most of their wealth? A newspaper in Sisi’s Egypt is running the headline “Why don’t Egypt’s billionaires give up half their wealth to the state?”, whilst others are also attacking the Egyptian super rich and calling for them to give up a big portion of their wealth to the state.

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Saudi Feminism in Crisis

It’s easy to be a feminist where everyone is a feminist. But to be an outspoken, successful, and effective feminist in Saudi Arabia – that takes a whole different level of courage. And right now, the courage of Saudi Arabia’s prime women’s rights activists is being tested.

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The Seven Trends behind the Global Rise of Populism

The anger against globalization is, in no small part, a reaction against its triumph, and a testament to how profoundly it has changed our world. The world changed fast, so fast that our social and political institutions have been struggling to keep up, and it feels like nobody is in control…

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