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Five Years After Promised Reform, Human Rights in Algeria Still Severely Restricted

Human rights violations fall into five main areas: freedom of association, peaceful assembly and protest, freedom of speech, women’s rights, minority rights and accountability for past crimes. In sum, human rights in Algeria are frequently violated and the government seems deaf to the repeated calls to remedy the situation.

Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s Next Leader?

Yaalon (1950) was born into a working-class family affiliated with the Labour Party, and grew up on a left-leaning settlement. The combination of a distinguished military career, promises of tackling the real issues in Israeli society, support of officers who speak their mind and Netanyahu’s waning popularity will prove to be a successful formula for Yaalon’s attempt to win the next election.

Oman: Human Rights Update

Due to the unprecedented blows dealt to freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Oman in the first half of the year, Oman’s global freedom ranking has dropped and is expected to drop further in the coming years.

Human Rights in Morocco Continue to Falter

In Morocco, the issue of human rights has found its way onto the parliamentary agenda and is being debated by the government and opposition. At the same time, national and international NGOs report continued and widespread human rights abuses.

Islam, State and Identity

The issue of national identity in Sudan has become an entrenched part of the debate around politics, war and peace, unity and disintegration. Acknowledging the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country and recognising and respecting other languages, cultures and ethnic groups will be a key factor in achieving lasting peace, and the only guarantee that no single ethnic or cultural group exploits religion and language to their socio-economic advantage.

Human Rights in Iraq: When a Constitution Is Not Enough

A large number of texts in the Iraqi constitution address human rights, but governmental and national institutions have been accused by local and international human rights organizations of delinquency, infringement and non-compliance with these provisions or with international agreements of which Iraq is a signatory.

Israeli Politics’ Shift to the Right

Over the past decade, Israeli society has been shifting slowly but inexorably to right. Since the last elections, in March 2015, this slow-moving trend has accelerated dramatically, particularly in the ruling coalition. Israeli society in general has become less tolerant of minorities, less democratic, less respectful of civil rights and less open to debate; the peace camp has withered.

Influx of Syrian Refugees Continues to Impact Lebanese Economy

Year after year, month after month, week after week, and day after day, the crisis of the Syrian refugees living in Lebanon is becoming worse and has more repercussions on Lebanon’s security, economic and living conditions, education, health, society and demography.

A New Saudi Vision Revealed, But Can It Be Achieved?

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 was announced on 25 April 2016 with much fanfare and received a positive reception from many quarters. In a nutshell, this ambitious plan calls for the weaning off of the country’s near total dependency on its oil resources and the introduction of a more diversified economic portfolio, with 2030 set as the target by which oil resources would factor insignificantly in the total GDP.

Low Oil Prices in the Gulf: A Blessing in Disguise?

The low oil prices are no longer seen as only temporary. And the way things look—with continuing low demand and OPEC not fundamentally changing its position—this will not change anytime soon. “It may actually be a blessing in disguise,” says a Bahraini businessman working in Al Khobar (Saudia Arabia). “In the past, when you saw a project with a budget of 100 million, you could be sure that it could be done for half the price,” he says. “Now, costs are cut on all sides, which is a good thing.”