Summary of Day 3: Chapter 1 adopted amid disputes and threats of withdrawal

After achieving a relativey swift pace of discussion on Saturday, Sunday brought very little progress on the discussion of the draft constitution and the spectre of deadlock once again in the Assembly. The announcement by the Speaker of the Assembly, Mustapha ben Jaafar, of a dispute between two deputies launched a polemic that saw a

Summary of Day 2: Saturday 4th January 2014

Day 2: Saturday 4th January 2014 The plenary debate around the constitution resumed on Saturday morning at 10:25 with the commencement of discussions of the first chapter on “General Principles”. After the procedural confusion that had accompanied some of the discussions on Friday, Saturday’s discussion was characterized by more orderliness, with 15 articles being discussed

Egypt’s Economic Challenges

Reporting on Egypt since the July 3 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi has focused on political dimensions and unrest. However, it is the new government’s success—or lack thereof—in meeting the country’s economic challenges that will largely determine whether Egypt returns to stability, just as surely as it was Egypt’s economic woes that underpinned the

Indicators of geopolitical shifts in the Middle East

The impact of Turkish and Iranian rapprochement will cause the Gulf States to face pressure from Iran and complicate the situation in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. These pressures and complexities may have been exacerbated by President Obama’s recent moves. Taken together, the regional nightmare has been redoubled. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan

Whose Internet?

Many states police their own inhabitants’ online activities but the US does it wholesale. Microsoft, Google and the rest have expressed their reservations. by Dan Schiller For years the US authorities have browbeaten other states, especially China and Iran, for repressing their citizens’ access to the Internet. We knew this was hypocritical even before Edward