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Nearly 200 candidates have been nominated in the Algerian presidential elections to be held on April 18. Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for another five-year term has sparked significant opposition and disrupted Algeria’s fragile political stability.
Despite being historically allied with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait finds itself at odds with Riyadh on a host of issues with the Neutral Zone being a key factor that continues to create division between these two oil-wealthy Arabian Peninsula sheikdoms.
Absher, an app created by the Saudi interior ministry, has been downloaded more than one million times on Android devices. While some praise its usefulness in providing passport and other services to Saudi citizens, others say it further deepens "gender apartheid" in the already repressive kingdom.
The Arab League suspended Syria from its ranks in 2011, following President Bashar Assad’s violent repression of anti-regime protesters. Eight years later, Damascus is on the verge of being reinstated to the 22-member bloc.
Today, Kuwait commemorates the 28th anniversary of its liberation from Iraq’s invasion on August 2, 1990, which triggered the Gulf War. Iraq’s full-scale incursion propelled the U.S. and its allies to intervene to free Kuwait from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s annexation. To date, however, liberation and stability in the region have yet to be achieved.
Journalist John Cantlie has often been feared dead since his capture in 2012. But now the U.K. Security Minister has confirmed that reports originating from a former jihadist, that John Cantlie is still alive, may hold water.
China long ago mastered the art of casually sitting on the sidelines while regional and global economic and political forces clash, then swiftly swooping in to scoop up the spoils.
Eight years after Egypt’s Arab Spring ushered in a brief period of democratic governance, the ruling regime in Cairo will make 2019 a year in which the head of state and military will gain new powers, further undermining hope for Egypt experiencing any democratic progress in the foreseeable future.
The election of Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar could prove an inspiration for more to follow in their footsteps, and indeed a movement is afoot to get more Muslims into the political election pipeline. But what trouble lies ahead for these trailblazers?