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Forces repel Daesh attack near Syria dam
AMMAN/BEIRUT: U.S.-backed Syrian forces repelled a major counterattack by Daesh (ISIS) militants holding out at the country’s largest dam and in the nearby town of Tabqa, the group and activists said Sunday.

The dam is a key strategic target in the military campaign to isolate and capture the Syrian city of Raqqa, 40 kilometers to the east and Daesh’s biggest urban stronghold.

The U.S.-backed group said militants attacked their positions...
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Bahrain cuts opposition chief's jail term: judicial source
Agence France Presse
DUBAI: Bahrain's top court Monday reduced the jail sentence of Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, who has been in prison since 2014, a judicial source said.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom's court of cassation reduced Salman's sentence from nine to four years, the source said on condition of anonymity.

No further details were immediately available.

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Articles
Personal Notes of an International Observer on the Tunisian Legislative Elections 2014
By Nazih Darwish
This is a quick technical brief of my monitoring the Tunisian Legislative elections    (between the period of October 23 – 27) in the Tozeur district in Southern Tunisia (Tozeur City, Nefta, Tameghza, Hazoua, Degache), which consisted of 123 polling stations in 48 polling centers, and 62,175 registered voters, of which 39177 voted.

1. The Independent High Electoral Commission (L’instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections: ISIE) suc...
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Studies & Papers
Policy Paper: Five years after the “Arab Spring”: What happened?
By Hassan Krayem
A wave of optimism was unleashed in late 2010 that the end was neigh for authoritarian regimes in the region. This wave came in the wake of the broad-based movements in the Arab world supporting revolutions for freedom and deliverance from authoritarianism, which began in Tunisia and Egypt and then came to Libya, Yemen, Syria, and the remaining Arab countries to varying degrees. Now, a wave of severe pessimism reigns over the region, following recent developments in most of these...
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Policy Paper: Syria - May 2015
Four years from the start of the revolution
By Iyad Abdallah
From the beginning of 2011, Bashar al-Assad intended to rule out the possibility that the revolutions of change — first initiated in Tunisia, then Egypt, then spreading to other Arab countries — would come to Syria. al- Assad based his calculations on a number of factors, including his survival of the tribulations marking his recent years in power, some of which nearly ended his reign. 
Most notable among these were the American occupation and its aftermath...
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Policy Paper: Tunisia- February 2015
Does polarization pave the way for establishing a pluralistic system? or is it merely the prelude to power struggles?
By Ahmad Karoud
During the past four years, the Middle East and North Africa, in particular the countries experiencing what is known as the “Arab Spring,” have followed very different paths in the process of transitioning from authoritarian rule to regimes more closely representing the will of the people.

The Tunisian experience in the four years following “the revolution of freedom and dignity” has been marked by seismic political and social developments, making...
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Citizens
GNRD-Amman interviewed Dr. Suleiman Sweiss on Human Rights and Development
By Sulaiman Sweiss
The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) Amman Office continued its series of interviews with Human Rights and Development Activists. These interviews aim to acknowledge the definition of the activist in general and an activist in the Human Rights and Development field in particular, from different perspectives, highlighting the main topics related to Human Rights and Development issues in Jordan and increasing awareness on the importance of being an activist.
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Emad Siyam R.I.P
With great pain and sadness, we mourn the death of our friend, colleague and co-founder of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy, Dr. Emad Siyam.

Emad, an activist and a researcher, spent years struggling for freedom, social justice and democracy in Egypt. He was arrested and sent to jail many many times in the 80s and the 90s.

In 2005 he took part in the "Kefaya" (enough) movement demonstrations opposed to Moubarak regime, and in...
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