THU 5 - 3 - 2015
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Rebels reject freeze in Aleppo fighting
ISIS frees 19 Assyrians after tax paid: activists
BEIRUT: Syrian rebel and opposition forces in Aleppo Sunday rejected U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura’s plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.“We refuse to meet with Mr. Staffan de Mistura if it is not on the basis of a comprehensive solution to Syria’s drama through the exit of [President] Bashar Assad and his chief of staff, and the prosecution of war criminals,” a newly formed Aleppo revolutionary commission said.
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Rival Yemeni camps entrench as Iran flights arrive
SANAA: An Iranian airplane delivered supplies to Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sunday, while the president gained support from influential tribal and provincial leaders in signs that the rival camps seeking to rule the rapidly unraveling country are entrenching their positions.

The first direct flight from Iran to Sanaa was carrying 12 tons of medical supplies as well as tents and Red Crescent aid workers, Iran’s deputy ambassador Rasai Ebadi said. It came a day af...
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Amnesty International Report 2014/15
The State of the World's Human Rights
The Amnesty International Report 2014/15 documents the state of the world’s human rights during 2014. Some key events from 2013 are also reported.

The foreword, five regional overviews and survey of 160 countries and territories bear witness to the suffering endured by many, whether it be through conflict, displacement, discrimination or repression. 

The Report also highlights the strength of the human rights movement, and shows that,...
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Articles
Personal Notes of an International Observer on the Tunisian Legislative Elections 2014
By Nazih Darwish
This is a quick technical brief of my monitoring the Tunisian Legislative elections    (between the period of October 23 – 27) in the Tozeur district in Southern Tunisia (Tozeur City, Nefta, Tameghza, Hazoua, Degache), which consisted of 123 polling stations in 48 polling centers, and 62,175 registered voters, of which 39177 voted.

1. The Independent High Electoral Commission (L’instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections: ISIE) suc...
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Studies & Papers
Policy Paper: Tunisia- February 2015
Does polarization pave the way for establishing a pluralistic system? or is it merely the prelude to power struggles?
By Ahmad Karoud
During the past four years, the Middle East and North Africa, in particular the countries experiencing what is known as the “Arab Spring,” have followed very different paths in the process of transitioning from authoritarian rule to regimes more closely representing the will of the people.

The Tunisian experience in the four years following “the revolution of freedom and dignity” has been marked by seismic political and social developments, making it a subject of constant interest to observers and political analysts of the “Arab Spring” seeking to understand the causes underlying the peacefulness of the Tunisian transition.

This paper attempts to analyze the most significant developments in Tunisia in recent years, focusing on the phenomenon of severe political polarization that has dominated the various stages of the transition from decades of authoritarian rule to a nascent political regime based o...
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Citizens
Emad Siyam R.I.P
With great pain and sadness, we mourn the death of our friend, colleague and co-founder of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy, Dr. Emad Siyam.

Emad, an activist and a researcher, spent years struggling for freedom, social justice and democracy in Egypt. He was arrested and sent to jail many many times in the 80s and the 90s.

In 2005 he took part in the "Kefaya" (enough) movement demonstrations opposed to Moubarak regime, and in...
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