Category: Opinion

The Tunisian revolution seven years on

Thirty years last November Zine el Abidine Ben Ali assumed power in Tunisia ending thereby the rule of ailing Habib Bourguiba who ruled the country since its independence in 1956. Ben Ali promised political reforms that lured large segments of the...

/ January 14, 2018

Why does the Algerian regime fear Rachad?

In a recent piece on the detention of Algerian human rights lawyer and opposition figure Rachid Mesli, Robert Fisk asked why Interpol is doing the work of Arab despots. Mesli is the subject of an arrest warrant by the Algerian...

/ September 3, 2015

Why does the Algerian regime fear Rachad?

In a recent piece on the detention of Algerian human rights lawyer and opposition figure Rachid Mesli, Robert Fisk asked why Interpol is doing the work of Arab despots. Mesli is the subject of an arrest warrant by the Algerian...

/ September 3, 2015

The Military Coup in Egypt: Challenges of the Transition

This Op-Ed was published on 4 July 2013, the day following the coup. It was widely re-produced by different media outlets including Politico, Today’s Zaman, and other translations in Arabic and French. The ousting of President Mohamed Morsi by the...

/ July 4, 2013

Le coup d’Etat en Egypte : les défis de la transition

L’éviction du président Mohamed Morsi par l’armée égyptienne est un coup d’Etat militaire pur et simple. En effet, cette éviction répond à la définition d’un renversement illégal de la tête de l’Etat par l’armée, une faction interne, ou les services...

/ July 4, 2013

The Military Coup in Egypt: Challenges of the Transition

The ousting of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian army is a military coup d’état pure and simple. Morsi’s ousting qualifies for a military putsch which is by definition the illegal removal of the head of the state by the...

/ July 4, 2013

Election Outcomes in Algeria

On 10th May the Algerian regime is holding parliamentary elections against a backdrop of a string of strikes, protests, riots, and the spectre of a massive boycott and abstention. In trying to reverse the tide of boycotts the regime exposed...

/ May 9, 2012

Algeria at Fifty and the Regime’s Successful Fiascos

Three major developments marked Algerian affairs in 2011. First, former minister of defence General Khaled Nazzar was arrest in Geneva, in September 2011, to answer human rights and torture charges pressed by TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), an NGO best known...

/ January 27, 2012