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Is the Middle East on the mend?

It is unlikely to last, but it is hard to remember the last time the Middle East has been as calm, relatively speaking, as it is today. Consider where we were just over a year ago. Some 3 million displaced Syrians huddled together in Idlib province, the last rebel-held territory, as the world feared the humanitarian catastrophe likely to result…

Soudan : la séparation de l’État et de la religion loin d’être gagnée

Le Soudan a mis un terme, en 2019, à trente années de dictature islamiste. Deux ans après l’éviction d’Omar el-Béchir, les lois demeurent cependant largement basées sur la charia. Deux groupes rebelles actifs dans le sud du pays, où la proportion de chrétiens, animistes et athées s’avère plus importante que dans le reste du pays, ont, par conséquent, conditionné leur…

Israel Faces Pressure to Follow U.S. Armenian Genocide Move Despite Turkey Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure to ignore protests by Turkey and follow U.S. President Joe Biden in declaring the mass killings of Armenians and other minority groups a century ago a genocide. Biden’s historic genocide recognition made the United States the 30th country in the world to classify as such the ethnic cleansing that experts estimate…

Erdogan as Arab people’s choice reveals weakness of region’s leaders

After nearly two decades in power, first as prime minister then as president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has towered over modern Turkey. His mystique at home has been eroded by authoritarianism and a decreasing ability to provide his pious and conservative followers with prosperity. In local elections in 2019 he lost the country’s great cities, including Istanbul and Ankara, proving he is…

Erdogan is MENA’s most popular leader, Arab Barometer finds

Turkey’s promotion of cultural heritage, including through its tourism and entertainment sectors, is one reason for Erdogan’s popularity. However, the perception of the Ottoman legacy is gradually shifting from one of praise to one of condemnation toward Turkish policies. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains MENA’s most popular leader, according to new survey data released by the Arab Barometer this…

China ‘Delighted to See’ It Tops U.S. in Popularity in Arab Countries Poll

China has exulted in a recent poll showing the nation’s favorability was roughly twice that of the United States across six Arab countries. “I’m delighted to see the survey, which, I believe, reflects the considerable public support for China-Arab friendship,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday during the first press conference to be held following week-long Lunar New…

Les Tunisiens sont de moins en moins religieux, en particulier les plus jeunes

Selon la dernière étude d’Arab Baromètre le sentiment religieux recule dans tout le monde arabe. Réalisé auprès de 25 000 personnes dans dix pays du monde arabe, ce sondage montre que la part de la population se présentant comme non-religieuse dépasse même les 45% chez les 18-29 ans en Tunisie. Cela serait une conséquence de la Constitution de 2014. La…

Arab governments are doing too little to end honour killings

In some countries, more people approve of honour killings than of homosexuality Kuwait’s national assembly is so rowdy that debates sometimes descend into fisticuffs. But on one issue, at least, the mps have little to say. Sheikha al-Ajmi, a parliamentary employee, was killed by her brother in December. Some say he didn’t like her working as a security guard; others…

The Arab Spring 10 Years On

When reflecting on the past 10 years, it’s clear to see that the Arab Spring is far from over. The popular uprisings in Sudan, Algeria, Iraq and Lebanon over the last couple of years, coupled with ongoing political and socio-economic tensions across the region, show that no political equilibrium has been found. However, waiting for another 2011 moment, as if nothing has…

The Pandemic in the MENA Region, a Hardship But Also an Opportunity for Women

Covid-19 changed the life of almost everyone on the planet in a matter of months, and affected vulnerable people the most through economic hardship. For women, it has been doubled with a rise of domestic violence. And for women living in countries where gender inequalities are very present, like in the MENA region, the situation has significantly worsened, despite new…