The army that turned into a political party

In Algeria today, while a succession of cold air waves is planned from Sunday on the north of the country, the current president called the Electoral Corps for the next presidential elections due on April 18, 2019. Certain members of the opposition stated that as off the country’s independence, it was always the armed forces […]

In North Africa’s political spheres, stepping down from rule

In North Africa’s political spheres, Algeria’s Bouteflika reaching his mandate end by April, stepping down from rule looks more like a bet placed on his health condition than any constitutional arrangement. In next door Tunisia, the president has a history of brain strokes that also placed him on a wheelchair. Youssef Cherif wrote on January […]

Diplomatic rift likely to continue in the new year

A diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Gulf states that’s lasted a year and a half is likely to continue in the new year, said Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirate’s minister of state for foreign affairs. Meanwhile, what is termed as diplomatic rift by the above-cited gentleman is qualified below as a regional blockade […]

Christmas festivities in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, West Bank (AP) – Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the […]

‘Gilets Jaunes’ of France from Brussels to Basra

From Brussels to Basra, gilets jaunes have brought visibility to people and their grievances per Jon Henley, The Guardian’s European affairs correspondent published on December 21, 2018, is the story of a movement that is increasingly apparent throughout the world and in particular in the MENA region . How hi-vis yellow vest became symbol of […]

Challenges ahead for the Fourth Estate

Here are the wise words of the guru-to-be named Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for the Advancement of Human Rights and Global Dialogue.  These words are more likely to be of some use in the MENA region where there are presently numerous “Challenges ahead for the fourth estate.” Media and press freedom […]

Forgotten legacy of World War I that devastated the Middle East

For those of us of an age to have known only peace in Western Europe, the centenary of the end of World War I is a an opportunity to learn something of the extreme consequences of the failure to solve political differences peacefully. And when the world marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, millions […]