11 June 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


Fire breaks out in Baghdad's largest ballot box storage site
by The National, 10 Jun 2018

A fire tore through one of Baghdad’s main ballot storage sites on Sunday, days after parliament ordered a manual recount of the May 12 vote.
Thick black smoke was seen across the capital as firefighters brought 10 fire engines to bear against the blaze. The cause of the fire, in Baghdad's eastern Al Russafa district, was not immediately clear.
Interior ministry spokesman General Saad Maan visited the scene and told reporters that "most of the ballot boxes were stored in another building and have been preserved."


The Real Reason the Middle East Hates NGOs
by Foreign Policy, 07 Jun 2018

 In the summer of 2011, a group of Egyptian military officers made their first trip to Washington after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. In public and private meetings at various venues around town, including the Egyptian Defense Office and the U.S. Institute of Peace, the delegation emphasized that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which had assumed executive power, was “preparing the country for democracy.”