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In Egypt, Cracks in el-Sisi’s Armour Emerge

Egypt was rocked by unusual protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the end of September, surprising both domestic and international observers. On the evening of September 20, several hundred people took to the streets of Cairo and smaller cities like Alexandria to demand el-Sisi’s resignation. The protesters chanted “down with Sisi” and “leave now,” until security forces arrived to disperse the crowds with tear gas. Many of the protesters in Cairo had gathered in Tahrir Square, well-known for its role as a central location in the Arab Spring.

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How a U.S. citizen is attempting to overthrow the Libyan government

A powerful local militia attempted to challenge the government in Libya early this month. Libya is officially ruled by the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), which is based in Tripoli and headed by Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj. Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan military officer, has a long and colorful history in Libyan politics. Haftar served in the military coup that brought Muammar Gaddafi to power in 1969, soon becoming a top military officer in Gaddafi’s regime before the general disavowed Haftar.

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President Rouhani’s visit to Iraq, explained

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a historic visit to Iraq in March 2019, his first trip to Iraq since his…

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Morocco and Saudi Arabia reach a breaking point

In February, Morocco recalled its envoy to Saudi Arabia as relations between the two countries began to break down. Ambassador…

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The Kurdish-Turkish conflict in Iraq: recent escalation

An angry crowd of protestors stormed a Turkish military base last month in the semi-autonomous Kurdish province of Duhok, in…

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Unrest in Tunisia: A second Arab Spring?

Monday, 14 January 2019, marked eight years since Tunisia’s citizens ousted former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The Tunisian…

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The plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt

Religious tensions are rising in Egypt following the November 2018 murder of seven Coptic Christians in Minya, a province south…

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Voting for a future: Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan

Afghans came out to vote en masse last weekend as Afghanistan held its third parliamentary elections since the fall of…