Despite being discredited and ousted by the 2011 Arab Spring, former president Mubarak’s funeral aims to rehabilitate him and his legacy of military rule.
Angela Joya discusses the raid on the last independent media center in Egypt: Mada Masr. Thanks to international protest, the authorities allowed Mada Masr to re-open and resume publications. As opposition to Egypt’s President Al-Sisi continues, the government intensifies the repression of free speech.
Human rights campaigner Samah Hadid discusses Hezbollah’s decision to switch from supporting the protests to opposing them, why the prime minister resigned, and why this is not enough to end the protests.
Even though the 2011 Arab Spring began in Tunisia and was arguably more successful there than anywhere else, Tunisians are disappointed and not interested in the upcoming presidential runoff vote, says Angela Joya.
For over a week now protests have been shaking Iraq, with massive police repression, leading to over 100 dead. The protests are an outgrowth of discontent over corruption, poverty, and an ethnic quota system, says Sabah Alnasseri.
Algerian youth are fed up with Algeria’s post-independence old guard and after succeeding with Bouteflika’s resignation, they continue to push for a purging of the government’s old guard before new elections are held.
With the foiling of a coup attempt last week, the Sudanese military is consolidating its rule, despite having signed transition agreement for joint military-civilian rule. Gulf states want the military in charge, especially since Sudanese soldiers are fighting in Yemen, says Prof. Khalid Ahmed