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The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
Saudi Arabia's puzzling effort to blacklist its tiny neighbor Qatar begs the question of who's really isolated in the Gulf. The attack on Qatar is part of Saudi Arabia’s aggressive new foreign policy that is being led by Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. As Saudi Arabia’s “monarch in waiting,” Mohammed has launched a disastrous war in Yemen that’s killed more than 10,000 civilians and sparked a country-wide cholera epidemic there.

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Egyptian Regime Responds to Economic Crisis by Repressing Workers

Pino Dragoni il manifesto
In the past 11 months, 151 workers and trade unionists have been arrested in Egypt and at least 2,691 have been fired taking legal strike actions. Repression of conflicts in the workplace has increased dramatically within the last few months, together with the worsening economic crisis. Recent economic and monetary policies have caused a dramatic deterioration in the living conditions of workers and the middle classes.

Friday Nite Videos -- March 17, 2016

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Three Years After the Egyptian Coup, Lessons Still Unlearned?

Abdullah Al-Arian Middle East Eye
Three years ago the Egyptian military ousted the elected President Mohamed Morsi. Since then, as Amnesty International reported this week, “tens of thousands of people have been detained without trial or sentenced to prison terms or to death....” Perhaps even without the support of significant segments of the public, including leading activists and intellectuals, the remnants of the old Mubarak regime would still have overthrown Morsi. But that support made it easier.

Egypt Jails Journalists for World Press Freedom Day

Ayah Aman Al-Monitor
On May 1, just two days before World Press Freedom Day, Egyptian police raided the offices of the Press Syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists, sparking mass demonstrations against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s escalating attacks on the media. On April 25, 46 journalists were arrested for covering the mass demonstrations throughout Egypt against the al-Sisi regime’s decision to cede the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

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'The Trials Of Spring' Documentary Project Amplifies Voices Of Women In The Arab Spring

Nick Robbins-Early Huffington Post
Six short films profile nine women across Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, with each detailing their journey through uprisings and crackdowns. While each story is unique, they often share an arc similar to the larger political developments of the post-revolution countries in the region, where an initial hope for change is quashed by increasing repression and conflict.

Mubarak’s Acquittal: A Victory for Egypt’s “Deep State”

Emad Shahin Middle East Eye
With the acquittal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on all charges of murder and corruption, the military-backed regime of former General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is sending a strong message that Egypt’s authoritarian rulers and their repressive institutions are not accountable for their actions. But, Mubarak’s actual conviction took place three years ago in Tahrir Square when millions of Egyptians condemned his repressive 30-year rule.

Open-Ended Cease-Fire Reached in Israel/Gaza, but How Long Will It Last?

Juan Cole Truthdig
This open-ended cease-fire is fragile. Some of the goals of the two sides will be very hard to attain. And, at root, the Israel-Gaza war won’t really be over until there is a comprehensive peace settlement with either a two-state or a one-state solution to Palestinian statelessness.
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