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Egypt’s unsustainable crackdown – 08/01/2014 – European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

As Egypt prepares for a constitutional referendum next week, protests by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood continue to sweep the country. More clashes are expected today as the Brotherhood has called for new demonstrations. The decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organisation, announced at the end of December, marks a further escalation of the authorities’ campaign against the group.

Turkey Needs Less Money in Politics, and Less Politics in Court – 06/01/2014 – Financial Times

Until last month, one could not be blamed for thinking that nothing was rotten in the state of Turkey. The combined effect of government pressure, ubiquitous self-censorship and the conflicts of interest of media owners made reporting on corruption a taboo for the Turkish press. But this was shattered by recent allegations of high-level corruption within Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Egypt, Mohamed Abd El Ghany, Reuters/Contrasto

Uiteindelijk gaat het om herverdeling – 14/12/2013 – MO Mondial Nieuws

The army is back in power in Egypt. In Tunesia two opposition leaders were killed and armed groups are fighting a guerilla war against the public security services. In Libya the prime minister has been kidnapped for a short while and in Syria the situation becomes more hopeless than ever. Is the Arab Spring buried, exactly three years after the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid, Tunesia? Madawi Al-Rasheed evaluates the current situation for Mo*.

Tunisie: le Premier ministre démissionne après des mois de crise politique – 10/01/2014 – Nouvel Observateur

Le Premier ministre tunisien Ali Larayedh a annoncé jeudi avoir remis sa démission, conformément à un accord pour résoudre une longue crise politique, et alors que le pays est une nouvelle fois déstabilisé par des conflits sociaux émaillés de heurts. Parallèlement, la Constituante a introduit dans l’après-midi le concept de parité homme-femme dans un amendement au projet de Constitution, texte exceptionnel dans le monde arabe.

Riyadh seeks a return to the stability with which it is familiar -10/01/2014 – The Daily Star

During the three years of political upheaval in the Middle East since the “Arab Spring” began, Saudi Arabia has attempted to maintain its dominant status in the region by any means necessary. In 2013, the Saudi royal family searched for regional allies and sought – as in Egypt – to restore old allies to power. The kingdom also used its vast oil wealth to bring about the type of regional stability with which it has been familiar for decades.