Algerian Uprising’s Regional Repercussions

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz On May 9, Algeria’s authorities arrested Louisa Hanoune and charged her with “conspiracy against the state” and “undermining the military.” Hanoune is not involved in the ongoing uprising, but she consistently spoke out against the harsh… Continue Reading  

The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Yet they have faced setbacks and even defeat since—partly owing… Continue Reading  

EU Turns Blind Eye to Sisi’s Repression at Summit with Arab League

by Rana Allam In one on the most beautiful spots in the world, EU leaders attended a high-level meeting with the Arab League at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to discuss migration, security, and terrorism. The meeting… Continue Reading  

Egyptian Prisons as Islamic State Recruitment Centers

by Joe Stork When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Cairo on January 10, he commended President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi for his “leadership” in combating “the ongoing threat of terrorism as well as the radical Islamism that fuels it.” In fact,… Continue Reading  

Intellectual Repression in the Arab World

by Sam Hamad As the world continues to follow the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with a sense of horror and outrage, you might forgive the relative silence surrounding the arrest of Egyptian economist Abdel Khalek Farouk by the Sisi regime on Sunday. Farouk’s only… Continue Reading