Tag: Middle East and North Africa Unrest (2010- )

Syrian Rebels See Chance for New Life With Turkish Troops

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Amid the criticism over President Trump’s Syria policy, there is one former American ally that has welcomed his decision to pull back Kurdish-led forces and allow Turkish troops to create a safe zone in northern Syria: the rebel Free Syrian Army. Ensconced in several small enclaves of Syria near the Turkey border […]

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What Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Did to Us

The last time I saw my friend Jamal Khashoggi was in September 2017, when he was settling into his self-imposed exile in the United States. We argued about politics over dinner at a steak house in Washington. We cracked jokes about my struggle with a small piece of steak and his ease at devouring a […]

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Egypt Is on Edge as Security Tightens Over Protests

CAIRO — The plainclothes security men stood every few yards along the bridge over the Nile, T-shirts tight across their muscled chests, guns at their hips, stopping young men to ask for identification and look through their phones. They were delivering a message that did not need to be spoken aloud. Since a handful of […]

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The Future of Democracy in Tunisia

Tunisia’s hopeful transition to a democratic future faces a new challenge. Voters in the country have delivered a sharp rebuke to their political elite. In the first round of presidential elections, held on Sept. 15, candidates from establishment parties performed poorly, among them Ennahda, the conservative Islamic party with the most seats in parliament, and […]

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Egypt Protests Came as a Total Shock. The Man Behind Them Is Just as Surprising.

CAIRO — Under the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, so little dissent is allowed — and what little there is comes at such a high price — that when just a few hundred people across the country called for Mr. el-Sisi’s ouster in a burst of scattered protests on Friday night, it […]

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Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Former President of Tunisia, Dies at 83

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s former autocratic president whose extravagant life and oppressive rule inspired the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, died on Thursday in exile in Saudi Arabia, the Tunisian state news agency reported. He was 83. The death of Mr. Ben Ali came just days after Tunisians voted in national elections, a new milestone […]

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In a Troubled Arab World, Tunisia Struggles to Build Its Democracy

TUNIS, Tunisia — Like many Tunisian young people, Safouan el-Euchi proudly joined the 2011 protests that toppled the country’s dictator and lit the fires of the Arab Spring uprisings that spread across the Middle East. But life since has been hard. His engineering degree has failed to get him a job, and prices are soaring. […]

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‘We’re at War’: A Covert Social Media Campaign Boosts Military Rulers

CAIRO — Days after Sudanese soldiers massacred pro-democracy demonstrators in Khartoum in June, an obscure digital marketing company in Cairo began deploying keyboard warriors to a second front: a covert operation to praise Sudan’s military on social media. The Egyptian company, run by a former military officer and self-described expert on “internet warfare,” paid new […]

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Béji Caïd Essebsi, President Who Guided Tunisia to Democracy, Dies at 92

President Béji Caïd Essebsi, Tunisia’s first popularly elected head of state, who steered the country through a democratic transition after an uprising that set in motion the Arab Spring of 2011, died Thursday morning in a military hospital in Tunis, the government announced in a statement. He was 92. In a political career of more […]

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The Many Cruelties of Syria

ASSAD OR WE BURN THE COUNTRYHow One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed SyriaBy Sam Dagher “Bashar al-Assad assassinated!” shouted a man as he cycled past Manaf Tlass, an exiled Syrian general once a member of Assad’s inner circle, as he sat in an outdoor cafe in Paris in 2017. A childhood friend of the Syrian […]

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