U.N. General Assembly Looks at the Rights of Women and Children

Last week hundreds of world leaders converged in New York City for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly; on the agenda were hot topics such as Syria, Israel and Iran. However, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the rights of women and children have also been on the agenda.  Governments and aid organizations alike made [...]

EBRD ensure that concrete benchmarks in the country assessments for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia

Mr. Thomas Mirow, President EBRD Re: EBRD ensure that concrete benchmarks in the country assessments for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia Dear President Mirow, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem News.com.I am writing to urge you to ensure that the EBRD’s upcoming process of creating country assessments and operational priorities for [...]

2011… To Be Continued

2011 will be remembered as the year a young Arab generation leaders, intellectuals, and parents thought to be politically vain, unengaged, timorous, convulsed and toppled three dictators and caused others to reassess their positions, make concessions, and reform their ways. So many died for intangible ideals such as freedom, social justice and equity, democracy. Others [...]

Today one year ago Mohammed Bouazizi started the Arab Spring

Today, 17 December, it is one year ago that Mohammed Bouazizi, 26, a fruit seller from Sidid Bouzid in Tunisia, set fire to himself. He thereby started the uprisings in the Arab world that people later on started to refer to as ‘The Arab Spring’. It is a good moment to honor this man who [...]

“Arab Spring and Western-Islam relations”

In several postings throughout spring and summer 2011 (see the postings entitled: Western co-optation of Arab Revolts – April 2011; Middle East: mid-2011 Assessment of Arab Revolts, June 2011), I emphasized that the Arab revolts would not necessarily result in regimes that are accountable to their own people, but more likely to Western governments and [...]

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