Something’s Happening and You Don’t Know What It Is, Do You, Mr. Sisi

by Joe Stork The last week of September saw street protests in the Cairo neighborhoods of Warraq and Giza as well as other cities, involving scores and in some cases hundreds of people chanting for the ouster of Egyptian President… Continue Reading  

Iraq Proposes “Pay-To-Prosecute” for IS Foreign Fighters

by Joe Stork Somewhere between 800 and 900 Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters captured in Syria are reportedly neither Syrian nor Iraqi, and the question of what to do with them has become something of a political football. The… Continue Reading  

More Egyptian “Shootouts” or More Extrajudicial Killings?

by Joe Stork Egypt’s Interior Ministry on April 11 posted  on its official Facebook page a familiar statement: security forces “exchanged fire” with a “terrorist cell” in the north Sinai city of al-Arish, killing 11. The reported incident occurred a… Continue Reading  

Democracy Activist’s Hunger Strike Exposes UAE Tolerance Charade

by Joe Stork Ahmed Mansoor, the United Arab Emirates’s most prominent human rights activist, has been on a hunger strike for the last three weeks to protest abysmal prison conditions and the flagrantly unjust trial that put him there. He… Continue Reading  

Formula One Whitewashes Bahrain Repression

by Joe Stork Najah Yusuf, a 42-year-old mother of four, has been languishing in a Bahraini jail for nearly two years ever since intelligence officers found messages on her cell phone promoting anti-government protests. At her trial, which in June… Continue Reading