05 February 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


Bodies of 16 migrants recovered off Morocco coast
By Al Jazeera, 05 Feb 2018

The bodies of 16 migrants have been recovered off waters near Melilla, a Spanish enclave bordering Morocco. It is the latest in a number of deadly attempts to reach Europe so far this year. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 240 people have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the New Year began.

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Bahrain courts continue to strip protesters of citizenship
By Lima Charlie News, 04 Feb 2018

Bahraini authorities have deported eight Bahrainis, having stripped them of their citizenship, since January 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch reported today. Bahraini courts have increasingly been turning to a stronger form of intimidation to crush rebellion against the state – stripping opponents of their of citizenship. Bahraini authorities have stripped 578 nationals of their citizenship since 2012.According to Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Right Watch, “Bahraini authorities have dropped all pretense of pluralism and tolerance for dissent and are clearly stripping away the citizenships of people whom they find undesirable.”

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Macron Hails Success of Tunisia’s Example of Democratic Transition
by Asharq al-Awsat, 02 Feb 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron hailed on Thursday Tunisia’s success in blending democracy and Islamic societies, calling for increasing French investments in the North African country. He said during the second day of his visit to Tunisia that it successfully managed to achieve an “unprecedented” democratic transition in the Arab world.

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Middle East's next oil war? Israel threatens Lebanon over Hezbollah and natural gas
by Newsweek, 01 Feb 2018

Israel has threatened to invade Lebanon amid a recent spat over natural resources and militant groups that, once again, raised tensions between the longtime foes.Addressing the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University on Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Lebanon’s latest plans to drill in a disputed offshore oil and gas field known as Block 9 were “very, very challenging and provocative,” according to Reuters. In the same speech, the far-right minister threatened to wage a full-scale war against Lebanon if Hezbollah launched any attacks against Israel. The Iran-backed Shiite Muslim movement warned it would defend Lebanon’s natural resources at any cost.

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