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Posts Tagged ‘Tunisia’

The Price of Fear, the Price of Dictatorship

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Revisiting the Arab Spring   I grew up when there were curfews that lasted for days, when listening to the wrong radio station could land you in jail, when a stupid, illiterate “security/mokhabarat” could haul you to jail for no reason and I remember when and actually […]

Inquest into the Tunisian Beach Terrorist Shootings

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed One cannot grasp the magnitude of such a terrible event unfolding in front of one’s eyes, within seconds, and whilst relaxing on holiday lounging on a beach. No wonder survivors are still suffering from post traumatic stress.

Totalitarian dominance within African Democracy

By Ogunniyi Abayomi The recent Ghanaian election was observed as the exemplary illustration of a democratic state within its sphere of power. The display of maturity during the election between President Mahama over the loss of the presidential seat to Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited the total value demonstrated for the satisfaction of the masses, rather than […]

Africa hobbling out of the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi Africa, it seems, has begun the long-talked about process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

No let-up on illegal African migration to Europe

Aris Messinis/AFP   By Joe Khamisi “Just like a Slavery Boat” was one of the headlines the New York Times recently chose to describe the dehumanizing conditions in decrepit wooden boats African migrants use to escape misery, authoritarian regimes, ethnic massacres and poverty, to seek a better life in Europe.

Truck ‘terrorist’ kills 80 in attack on Nice Bastille Day crowd

Eric Gaillard/Reuters   By Sophie Sassard and Michel Bernouin A “terrorist” gunman killed 80 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had watched Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said.

Back to square one!

By Shakeel Haider It’s no more a unipolar world but a world with a total breach of peace and harmony. History either repeats itself or not but the world situation looks like very much like the decade of the 1980s.

Tahrir Square and the birth of a Nation

By Ahmed Tharwat This coming Monday will mark the 5th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution that a few days earlier sparked Tunisia. This was the first time in history, where millions of Egyptians marched into the street to claim their country back, and no public place has captured and symbolized this revolution like Tahrir Square.

Russia is officially in the region: A new Order has just begun

By Fadi Elhusseini Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Russia has limited itself to its traditional role of providing arms as well as military and logistical experts to its Arab allies.

Notes from America: What if Arab Dictators had to find a second career!!

By Ahmed Tharwat The Arab Spring in the last four years or so forced a few Arab dictators prematurely from their jobs, where they have a heck of a time handling their imposed retirements.

Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism

By Sattar Rind It’s definitely interesting and vis-à-vis a dangerous development for the Muslim world that Saudi Arabia has announced 34 Muslim countries in the National Islamic Alliance against Terrorism, but Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, despite being important Muslim countries, are not included in this Islamic military alliance.

Africa looks forward to scaling agricultural innovations

  By Alpha Jallow Experts believe that well conceptualised technologies can yield immense social economic benefits and impacts.

REVISITING THE 2002 ARAB PEACE INITIATIVE

  By Anant Mishra ‘Revisiting the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative with special attention given to Clause 2.2 to determine the League’s position on what constitutes a “just solution” as well as to the Arab Spring’s impact on the Peace Plan’s implementation’:

THE SYRIAN TUNNEL AND THE SPRING

  By Fadi Elhusseini When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. When Egypt joined Tunisia a few weeks later, hopes mounted and everyone started to think that the long-awaited moment […]

Dakar hosts conference on state sovereignty and international criminal justice

  By Alpha Jallow To commemorate the Day of International Criminal Justice, President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba convened, on the 20th and 21st July, a regional conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar on the ‘Sovereignty of States and International Criminal Justice’.

ISIS and Muslim countries

  By Sattar Rind The meaning of life is one of the many unsolved problems in philosophy that seeks answers from the questions posed by the universe. It is the theologians however who are apparently deemed the most definite people of this world. Absolute truth and any questioning of doubt is forbidden in religion, especially in […]

DEVISING MEASURES TO ADDRESS AND STABILISE FAILING ECONOMIES

  By Anant Mishra The financial crisis seems to be an inexhaustible issue, continuously drawing the attention of economists worldwide. However, while countries are steadily recovering and economies are slowly healing, the epicentre of the problem seems to be shifting to a new direction: what about the countries which are still unable to make ends […]

Democratic transformation in Jordan

By Mahmoud  Maharmeh Jordan is a middle-income country that is seeking democratisation in the form of a parliamentary government. In his book ‘Essentials of Comparative Politics’, Patrick O’Neil defines liberal democracy as a political system that promotes “participation, competition and liberty.”

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy Part II: Syria’s Civil War

  By Brian Frydenborg Grading Obama on what has—and has not—been done by his administration regarding the Syrian Civil War

TRANSFORMING ARAB ECONOMIES INTO KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES

  By Anant Mishra In order to familiarise with the topic, it is essential to understand what one means by knowledge economy.

PREVENTING BRIBERY AND CORRUTION IN POLITICAL PROCESSSES BY IMPLEMENTING INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES

  By Anant Mishra The prevention of bribery and corruption in political processes is a key challenge to the effective and undiscriminating operation of the public sector as well as sound policy making in many countries across the globe. It is an unfortunate fact that public officials often take advantage of their position, in order […]

EDUCATIONAL AND ECONOMIC POLICY IN POST ARAB SPRING NATIONS

  By Anant Mishra Many nations in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region have long histories of authoritarian government. In fact, Muslim countries—a category into which many states in this region fall—constituted 55% of the world’s undemocratic nations in 2005.