Analysis

Tunisian President Proposes Bill to End Unequal Inheritance Law

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Nidaa Tounes party announced on August 13 that he intends to submit a bill to parliament repealing Tunisia’s law that distributes inheritance unequally between men and women.

Morocco’s Hirak Al-Rif Prisoners Receive Royal Pardon: Beginning of Reconciliation Process with Rif ...

After being held in prison for nearly a year since massive protests broke out in the city of Al-Hoceima in the Rif region in Northern Morocco, 184 Hirak Al-Rif prisoners received a royal pardon on Eid al-Adha. The public welcomed the news considered by many to be a step towards reconciliation and rebuilding trust with the Rif region.

Saudi-UAE Coalition “Absolves” Itself of War Crimes Against Yemen’s Children

Thousands of Yemenis gathered on Monday, August 13, for the funeral of dozens of children killed in last week’s airstrike by the Saudi-UAE coalition that torched a school bus in Saada, in the north of Yemen.

Microfinance Institution strives to Stimulate Economic Growth in Somalia

For more than two decades, Somalia has suffered from poverty, marginalization, and natural disasters, which have left the East African nation greatly under-developed.

Qatar Accuses Saudi Arabia of Blocking Qatari Citizens from Hajj; Saudi Arabia Claims the Converse, ...

The hajj is a religious pilgrimage performed by millions of Muslims every year who travel to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, must be performed at least once in a lifetime by all Muslims who are physically and financially capable of doing so.

Yemen: Propaganda as “Cover” for Unpunished War Crimes

Fueled by sectarian fanaticism, the killing of innocent civilians continues in Yemen. Propaganda is the main tool for managing and influencing public opinion in times of war, and this war is no different.

Bahraini Activist Goes on Hunger Strike to Demand Father’s ‘Basic Rights’

Ali Mushaima, the son of Bahraini political opposition leader, Hassan Mushaima, is on his third week of a hunger strike in London outside of the Bahraini embassy.

White House Seeks to Remove Refugee Status from Millions of Palestinians

U.S. President, Donald Trump, and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, have recently made moves to strip millions of Palestinians of their refugee status by undermining the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), according to internal emails obtained by U.S. magazine Foreign Policy.

Turkey’s Economic Meltdown Could Have Repercussions for Global Market

On August 13, Turkey’s central bank promised that it would “take all necessary measures” to stabilize its economy, starting with providing its banks liquidity in the face of the collapsing Turkish currency, the lira.

Iranian Economy Shows Signs of Strain as U.S. Imposes First Round of Sanctions

The reimposed sanctions will restrict Iran's ability to buy U.S. currency, reduce trade on many industrial goods, such as aluminum, steel, coal, and automobiles, and limit Tehran’s ability to issue sovereign debt.