22 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


The next supreme leader could transform Iran
By Al Jazeera, 22 Jan 2018

In early January, Iran experienced its biggest protest wave since the suppression of the Green Movement in 2009. In spite of shaking the Islamic Republic, these demonstrations did not produce any major political changes. Leaderless and without a clear political goal, the protesters could not sustain the initial momentum. They had no support from the political elites; even reformists didn't back them fearing "Syria-isation" of Iran or losing their share of power.

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Tunisia: Why Tunisians Are Back On the Streets Seven Years After the Jasmine Revolution
By All Africa, 22 Jan 2018

Seven years ago in January a popular uprising in Tunisiaousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. This year over 770 Tunisian civilians have been detained and one civilian has been killed in protests that commemorated what became known as the Jasmine Revolution.

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Turkey bombs Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria
By The Guardian, 21 Jan 2018

Turkish jets have bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria, as the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, promised to expand Turkey’s military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the US’s key Syria ally in the war on Islamic State.

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One year under Trump: 'An assault on women's health'
By Al Jazeera, 21 Jan 2018

 It was one year ago that millions of women worldwide marched against newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump. The marches were meant to send a message to Trump after a presidential election that "insulted, demonised and threatened" women, immigrants and those from the LGBTQ community and others."[The march] will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights," organisers declared ahead of the 2017 women's march.

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New Israeli settlement outposts in Jordan Valley used to displace Palestinians
By Middle East Monitor, 19 Jan 2018

Israeli settlement outposts established in late 2016 in the northern Jordan Valley, part of the occupied West Bank, are being used to displace Palestinians, according to B’Tselem. “Israel’s longstanding policy in this area, aimed at the expulsion of local Palestinian communities, is implemented through a combination of military orders, administrative and planning measures, and military activity”, the NGO adds.

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