6 May 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on Middle East and North Africa Democracy


US deploys aircraft carrier and bombers after 'troubling indications' from Iran
The Guardian, 06 May 2019

The US is sending an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, the national security advisor John Bolton has said.


Israel, Gaza forces agree to cease-fire after a deadly weekend of violence
NBC News, 06 May 2019

Israel and militant forces in Gaza agreed to a cease-fire early Monday after a weekend of violence that killed at least 27 people and injured hundreds more on both sides of the border in one of the most intense flareups of violence in the region in years, the Israeli military confirmed.


Saudis dish out millions in Yemen aid amid global criticism
Mail Online, 05 May 2019

Standing amid the bullet-pocked ruins of a once rebel-controlled Yemeni district, Saudi officials unveil their latest multi-million dollar aid projects, seeking to blunt global criticism over a worsening humanitarian crisis.


The Latest: Hamas says it doesn’t want a new war with Israel
Associated Press, 05 May 2019

The leader of Hamas says his group is “not interested in a new war” with Israel, after two days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded territory. Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement late Sunday that the militant group is ready to “return to the state of calm” if Israel stops its attacks “and immediately starts implementing understandings about a dignified life.”


Spring Stirrings and Misgivings: of autocrats and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa
Mondoweiss, 03 May 2019

“Al-Shebab,” said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. “We’re calling our small group al-Shebab. It means ‘The Youth.’” From his name alone, I wouldn’t have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family’s Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name.