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Regime air raids near Damascus kill more than 80 people
BEIRUT: Syrian airstrikes on a Damascus suburb killed more than 80 people Sunday in one of the deadliest such raids of the 4-year-old civil war, as fighting escalated in and around President Bashar Assad’s seat of power at a time when his overstretched forces have been losing ground elsewhere in the country. The head of the Syrian opposition National Coalition, Khaled Khoja, called the attacks a “massacre,” vowing they “will not go unpunished.”

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Pro-Hadi forces advance in Yemen’s third city
ADEN, Yemen: Pro-government forces supported by Gulf airstrikes have made key gains against Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city Taiz, seen as a gateway to the capital, military sources said Sunday. The so-called Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, have seized several strategic locations in central Taiz, military officials said.

However, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies still control entrances to Taiz, in...
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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: Syria - May 2015
Four years from the start of the revolution
By Iyad Abdallah
From the beginning of 2011, Bashar al-Assad intended to rule out the possibility that the revolutions of change — first initiated in Tunisia, then Egypt, then spreading to other Arab countries — would come to Syria. al- Assad based his calculations on a number of factors, including his survival of the tribulations marking his recent years in power, some of which nearly ended his reign. 
Most notable among these were the American occupation and its aftermath...
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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
GNRD-Amman interviewed Dr. Suleiman Sweiss on Human Rights and Development
By Sulaiman Sweiss
The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) Amman Office continued its series of interviews with Human Rights and Development Activists. These interviews aim to acknowledge the definition of the activist in general and an activist in the Human Rights and Development field in particular, from different perspectives, highlighting the main topics related to Human Rights and Development issues in Jordan and increasing awareness on the importance of being an activist.
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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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