3 June 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


It will take more than Donald Trump to make Iran submit
Open Democracy, 03 Jun 2019

The story of US hostility towards Iran is famous and dramatic: the revolution that overthrew the US-friendly, anti-Soviet Shah in 1979; the humiliating detention of over fifty diplomats and other US citizens for 444 days in 1979-81; the impotent failure of a mission to rescue them; the controversial alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia; the hawkishness of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. Less well known is the view from Tehran itself.

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Only an imagined America will champion democracy in the Arab world
Middle East Eye, 03 Jun 2019

That, the Sudanese claimed, would improve greatly the chances of their nation making a successful transition to democracy. In a private discussion with a small group of Middle East analysts, including this writer, members of the delegation would not be convinced that the Trump administration has demonstrated much more support for strongmen in power than for their opponents, and that there was no chance it would back opposition forces, except in the vaguest of rhetorical statements.

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Algeria elections planned for 4 July 'impossible', authorities say
BBC, 03 Jun 2019

A statement from the constitutional council said it was up to the president to name a new date for the vote. Algeria has seen months of anti-government protests.

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Sisi says Egypt won't accept anything against Palestinian wishes
Reuters, 03 Jun 2019

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that his country would not accept anything that the Palestinians would not want, in comments about the unannounced U.S. Mideast peace plan.

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