Middle East & North Africa

  • Middle East and North Africa Edition

    Middle East and North Africa Edition

    In this February edition, Freedom Observatory covers major trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa Region including Tunisia post-revolution, Iran’s ascension, and French Cease Fire in Syria.

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  • By Antoine Taveneaux - Own work

    How Do We Protect The Rights And Freedoms Of All Canadians?

    The fight against ISIS, and battling things like honour killings and sharia zones are only half the battle. Along with fighting the terrorists themselves, we should also be fighting the reasons that lead people to adopt terrorism.

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  • Post-Revolution Tunisia and the Struggle for Individual Liberties

    Post-Revolution Tunisia and the Struggle for Individual Liberties

    Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has succeeded in ensuring fair elections, and taken considerable steps forward in guaranteeing increased freedom of association and expression. But while democratic progress is undeniable, little to nothing has changed in terms of personal liberties. From sexuality to religion, Tunisians are faced with state repression and coercion largely stemming from a draconian penal code. Five years after the revolution, the question remains: will Tunisians finally gain the freedom to live according to their convictions?

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  • Tunisian Activist

    Towards a Cultural Revolution: Whither Youth-Led Civil Society Activism in Tunisia?

    For many Tunisian youth who now work in civil society organizations (CSO) dedicated to the stated “values” and “goals” of the revolution, the 2014 election represents a “rotten compromise” or “neoliberal consensus”.

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  • An Introduction to Israel and Palestine

    An Introduction to Israel and Palestine

    While both sides have their victims and monsters, the focus should be on a pragmatic, peaceful resolution, rather than cycling through blame narratives.

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  • Von © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_(Computersicherheit)#/media/File:Backlit_keyboard.jpg

    Cybersecurity in the Middle East

    The term ‘cyberspace’ was only officially coined in 1982, and the battlefields of cyberspace are still being defined and shaped. Countries no longer act as silos, and it is vital that the Middle East tightens its security as what happens in that region affects the globe as a whole.

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  • By M.Rais - Own work, Public Domain

    Corruption in Tunisia Post-Arab Spring

    Despite Tunisia criminalizing various activities related to corruption, this has failed to deal with widespread corruption in the country because anti-corruption measures have not been effectively enforced.

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  • Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry & Staffan de Mistura (ONU)
Source: US Department of State

    Syrie : cessez-le-feu entre les bombes

    En effet, tant pour les Kurdes que pour le régime d’al-Assad et même plusieurs groupes d’opposition, une victoire soit du groupe État islamique, soit du Front al-Nosrah serait la pire des catastrophes.

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  • Iran Talks. Abschluss Iran Verhandlungen. UNO. Wien, 14.07.2015, Foto: Dragan Tatic By Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres - Iran Talks, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41591579

    Iran: The New Powerhouse of the Middle East?

    The future of Iran has much potential and that is seen in the government’s 20-year vision plan. What was once an underdog within the international scene has now emerged to regain its reputation and status as potentially one of the influential forces across the globe.

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  • Entrance of OPEC Headquarters in Vienna.

Credit: Vincent Eisfeld (Wikimedia Commons)

    Norwegian Diversification: If You Want a Bigger Basket, You Need More Eggs

    The three main risks faced by SOEs in the oil industry are foreign ownership, corruption, and lack of diversification. In many of these cases, governments are only speaking to foreign ownership; so much so that they are completely ignoring the other risks of corruption and lack of diversification of the domestic economy.

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