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The Libyan crisis: an elected authority and rebel militias

The General National Congress granted legitimacy to many of the military formations after the end of the war with Gaddafi's brigades for reasons they believed were convincing and temporary, but what happened after this was that these militias and their leaders continued to exist and exercised their control, while the conflicting political forces in the GNC viewed the militia phenomenon as a chance to employ them as the military wings for their conflicts against each other. This combined all the various circumstances, leading to the creation of all possible obstacles to hinder the establishment of the army and police institutions, thus making it an almost impossible task.

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Egypt's deep-seated culture of sexism

Alastair Sloan"Don't worry, women have smaller brains than men."

"It's in the Qur'an, its God's right given to men to command women."

"Women overstate the problem, its nothing, they shouldn't take it so seriously."

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The Houthis hold Yemen's Islamists hostage in Hasaba

Catherine ShakdamAs of Sunday evening any hopes of a political truce with the Houthis have been shattered. Returning from the northern province of Sa'ada where he met with Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi – the flamboyant leader of this formerly obscure northern Yemeni Zaidi faction - Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, the spokesman of the presidential committee, confirmed that his delegation had failed to broker a viable compromise with the group.

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Long live Egypt

Lamis AndoniWhile General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi is entitled to hate any news station he wishes, including Al-Araby Al-Jadid, he must also bear in mind that he has been accused of destroying Egypt. He is, after all, responsible for achieving a large part of this mission for the sake of himself and his politics. We must bear in mind that the destruction of Egypt means the destruction of us all.

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One man's fight for Tunisian security reform

"Radical change is necessary," says the determined blogger Azyz Amami, who is devoting his life to the reform of the former regimes' security sector legacy, one of Tunisia's biggest obstacles to a successful and comprehensive democratic transition.

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