Archive for February 2012

Post-Saleh’s Yemen

Hichem Karoui 

 The Gulf Today, February 18, 2012

Are the events unfolding in Post-Ali Abdullah Saleh’s Yemen bearing an ominous or an auspicious significance? Is the country, without Saleh, going to be a better or a worse place? In other words, will the Yemeni revolution reach its objectives?

These questions, among several others, related to this issue will be debated for two days in Doha (Feb.18-19), in a symposium organised by “the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies” (ACRPS), on: “The Yemeni Revolution: Historical Background, Local Specificities, and Future Prospects.” The meeting is expected to be attended by a number of academics and experts on Yemeni affairs.
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Egypt-US: one year after

Hichem Karoui

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the U.S. NGO National Democratic

The Gulf Today, February 11, 2012

As Egypt celebrates the first anniversary of its revolution, the relationship with the USA is at one of its lowest moments. Tension between the two countries has escalated after Egyptian investigators filed criminal charges against 43 foreign and local activists, including 19 American NGO workers. Egyptian prosecutors raided offices of 10 NGOs in December on suspicion of illegal funding and operating without licences. The NGOs included prominent democracy-promotion groups, Freedom House, the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Speaking before the parliamentary committee on human rights, Egyptian minister of planning and international cooperation Fayza Abulnaga said that civil society organisations not registered with the Egyptian government have received $175 million from March to June 2011. Read more

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Russia: backing losers

Hichem Karoui

The Gulf Today, February 04, 2012

Russia showed contempt for the entire Arab world, not only because it chose willingly to support an Arab regime involved in crimes against humanity, but also because it literally spat on the Arab League’s initiative, which — despite its shortcomings — is still an attempt to ease the pains of the Syrian people. Russia sided with the losers out of an apparent resentment towards the Arab Spring. Why “losers” and why “resentment,” would you ask? Let’s begin with the second…. Read more

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A word written is a word feared

Aysha Taryam

The Gulf Today, February 05, 2012

As a writer I dream of a world where words are not imprisoned, a world where all forms of literature are celebrated not mourned. Yet for every book festival held somewhere in the world there is a book burning being planned. Words when collected and arranged in a specific manner become a force to be reckoned with. This meticulous selection and arrangement transforms the word into a weapon capable of instilling fear in the bravest of us. For words are ideas, and an idea is a contagious infliction. Read more

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Old issues for new rulers

Hichem Karoui 

The Gulf Today, January 28, 2012

When one consults the most recent researches preceding the revolution, one would find a prevailing opinion saying that Egypt confronts simultaneously the challenges of economic and political structural adjustment in this century. While it is true that no study, as far as I know, has predicted the revolution, some findings are all the same still interesting to remember and understand.
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