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Politics aside, youth connect over security and economy issues

Christine PetréAs Tunisia's first free Presidential election is nearing young Tunisians share their thoughts on political strategy and their hopes for the future.

Tunisia, considered a democratic success story, is the only Arab Spring country, which has succeeded in maintaining a relatively peaceful democratic transition since the revolution three years ago ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The Parliamentary Election on October 26 was a democratic milestone, which passed by without major incidents and with approximately 3.5 million, around 69% of the registered voters, visiting the polling stations.


Morocco feels betrayed

Abderrahim ChalfaouatIn his 39th Green March anniversary speech, King Mohammed VI of Morocco stressed that his country's approach to the Sahara issue is characterised by a readiness to strengthen bilateral relations with global powers and cooperate with international bodies, especially the UN. This was said within the context of blaming foreign powers for a lack of clarity in mediation policies in the long-standing dispute. Morocco has cooperated with diverse security, political, economic and military projects and initiatives that relate to the Moroccan Sahara or the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region at large. Yet, the wished-for outcome for Morocco seems elusive and the expected reward of holding Algerian support responsible for vitalising the separatist Polisario Front looks less attainable day after day.


Al-Sisi's government: A regime desperate to survive

Dr Walaa RamadanIn his desperation to control the people of Egypt and prevent them rising up against him or posing a threat to his dominion, Pharaoh ordered the killing of all newborn males every other year. Similarly, in its desperation to control the people and prevent any form of dissent, the regime in Egypt today is quashing all forms of civil liberties and escalating its human rights abuses.


'Cruel and unusual' - Leaked prison letter from hunger striker Mohamed Soltan

File photo of US national, Mohamed SoltanUS citizen Mohamed Soltan has been in an Egyptian jail for over a year, and on hunger strike for nearly all of that time. He has smuggled a letter out of prison to mark his 27th birthday today (November 16th). There is also another hearing in his trial today, and the judge in charge of the case is the same one who sentenced the Aljazeera journalists to lengthy jail terms, as well presiding over the trial of known activists Ahmed Douma and Alaa Abdelfatah. The text of Soltan's letter is as follows:


Nidaa Tounes and the spectre of autocratic rule

Beji Caid El Sebsi's party, Nidaa Tounes (Tunisian Call) won 85 seats on the recent electionsAs Tunisia managed to counter both predictions of low voter turnout (an estimated 60 percent of the eligible voters came to the polls) and ensure a safe and secure voting process most people hailed the successful election procedure, which was deemed as free, fair and transparent by international observers. Analysts immediately began discussing the so-called "model of Tunisia" as a prime example of democratic transition.