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When Justice and Development takes the devil’s side
Mohamed Kadhiri   
When Justice and Development takes the devil’s side | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe official discourse of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has changed a few months after an overwhelming victory in the last Moroccan legislative elections that led the party to form the new government together with the other winning parties.
 
Foreign funds to the Civil Society: “The Trojan Horse”
Yasmine ElGharaibeh   
Foreign funds to the Civil Society: “The Trojan Horse” | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanCivil society faces many obstacles in Jordan and in the Arab world. As foreign funds continue to “aid” these organizations, concerns rise about their autonomy under the influence of generous grants.
 
Algeria, the legislative elections and the Arab Spring
Nassim Brahimi   
Algeria, the legislative elections and the Arab Spring | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe legislative elections against the spectre and the NATO in Algeria are similar to the previous elections even if the regime has managed to fool everyone by putting salt on a flat insipid policy.
 
Greece: Chrysi Avghi, the darkest side of the crisis
Gilda Lyghounis   
Greece: Chrysi Avghi, the darkest side of the crisis | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanAfter the failure of negotiations for a new government, Greece is going back to the polls on June 17th. Many eyes are on the neo-Nazi movement Chrysi Avghi ("Golden Dawn"), that has taken advantage of the crisis. A portrait of the party and its leader, Nikos Michaloliakos.
 
Testimonials and Stories of Syrian Prisons
Omar Assad   

Testimonials and Stories of Syrian Prisons | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThis is nothing but a small part of what the author of these lines has lived and seen during two periods of detention in Syrian prisons. What he has not been able to see or confirm is most probably even worse.

 
Time for Jordan to go Offline?
Yasmine El Gharaibeh   
Time for Jordan to go Offline? | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe Jordanian post Arab Spring social media scene bustled with initiatives and campaigns that demand reform. How far did these campaigns go, and were they successful in initiating change?
 
Morocco, Homosexuality is not a taboo anymore?
Mohamed El Khadiri   
Morocco, Homosexuality is not a taboo anymore? | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe import ban on Mohamed Laftah’s novel, Dernier combat du capitain Ni’mat is directly linked to the story it tells, the one of a former Eptian Air force captian who discovers his homosexuality.
 
Bahrain: The role of “Social Media” in promoting democracy
Reem Khalifa   
Bahrain: The role of “Social Media” in promoting democracy | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIn early 2011, Bahrain was the 3rd country to experience its own “Arab Spring”, following Tunisia and Egypt. On the 14th February thousands of youths marched towards Manama, demanding political reforms. The cry for freedom and change was spread through social media.
 
Forced to take over
KS   

Forced to take over | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe hardships for the 1.6 million Palestinians brought about by the Israeli blockade of Gaza are leaving an even greater toll for women, who have had to take on new, often thankless, roles within their families and communities. As the neighbouring countries witness new challenges and opportunities for women in the wake of the Arab spring, Gaza’s women seem to be trapped in a bleak and endless autumn.

 
Islamic movements in the eye of the beholder
Yasmine El Gharaibeh   

Islamic movements in the eye of the beholder | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIn a time characterized by uncertainty and political “twists and turns", plenty of parties and movements including the Islamic movements compete in the race to power. Islamic movements are proving to be a tough contender.

 

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