SAT 20 - 12 - 2014
ISIS suffers heavy losses in Ain al-Arab
Agence France Presse
BEIRUT: ISIS jihadis battling for control of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and U.S.-led airstrikes, activists said Sunday.

At least 50 jihadis were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kurdish defenders and airstrikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Brit...
Egyptian’s court verdict fuels protests, mockery
Amr Dalsh| Reuters
CAIRO: Protests erupted at universities across Egypt Sunday, condemning a court decision to drop criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak, the president whose ouster in the 2011 uprising raised hopes of a new era of political openness.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Cairo University, waving pictures of Mubarak behind bars and demanding the “fall of the regime,” the rallying cry of the Arab Sp...
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) succeeded in organi...
The Arab Spring: Revolutions for Deliverance from Authoritarianism (Full Text)
Case Studies
This book is a collection of working papers and testimonies about the Arab revolutions and some of the accompanying transformations between the years 2010 and 2013 in the context of what has been termed “the Arab Spring”, presented by members and friends of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy.

The entire region is moving toward an escape from the authoritarian paradigm, which has governed the region for many decades, and entering into a long and co...
ANSD Book cover
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...
The ANSD: Terrorism and repression of citizens no longer work
The ANSD: Democratic transformation has begun in our region
Iran as an Occupying Force in Syria
Une nouvelle «question d’Orient»?
By Ziad Majed
Who is best placed to inherit power in Algeria?
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