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Key political, socioeconomic and cultural changes in the ME, from Mauritania to the Indian sub-continent. This blog is curated by the Transitional Democracy in the Middle East Initiative at MEPF. Content, comments and insights on this blog do not reflect or represent the official position of MEPF and should not be considered under any circumstances as political and policy advice. All publication and idea rights belong to their respective owners. Republish, comment and distribute at your own discretion.
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Egyptian film 'Clash' puts Cannes on edge of seat

Egyptian film 'Clash' puts Cannes on edge of seat | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Film by Mohamed Diab is set entirely in the back of a police riot van during the 2013 uprising that overthrew Morsi.
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"The euphoric sense of national unity, so alive during the Arab Spring, has been replaced by fear and violence. But ultimately this is a film about humanity, and how the human spirit transcends politics."
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Oil Politics: Iraqi Kurdish Official Calls for Country’s Split

Oil Politics: Iraqi Kurdish Official Calls for Country’s Split | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Oil Politics: Iraqi Kurdish Official Calls for Country’s Split « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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The Saudi Reshuffle: five key reforms in Riyadh 

The Saudi Reshuffle: five key reforms in Riyadh  | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
The pushing aside of Saudi Arabia’s influential longstanding oil minister, Ali Naimi, has grabbed headlines around the world thanks to his position within global energy markets But Mr Naimi’s retirement was part of a wider reshuffle that put in
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The Binladin Group’s turmoil—A mirror of Saudi Arabia’s?

The Binladin Group’s turmoil—A mirror of Saudi Arabia’s? | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
The turmoil in the Saudi Binladin Group reflects the larger turmoil in a Kingdom facing unprecedented challenges. The bin Laden's are probably too big to fail, but they bear watching as a harbinger for the Kingdom's own future.
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Turkey's Davutoglu set to go as talks fail: reports

Turkey's Davutoglu set to go as talks fail: reports | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Ahmet Davutoglu expected to resign after what is reported as a falling out with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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'It's as if the Arab Spring never happened'

'It's as if the Arab Spring never happened' | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Majority of people in Middle East and North Africa believe their government is failing to fight corruption, poll finds.
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Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters storm Iraq's parliament

Muqtada al-Sadr's supporters storm Iraq's parliament | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Authorities declare state of high alert after thousands break into Green Zone against backdrop of continued violence.
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Egypt caught up in a vicious circle with its finances 

Egypt caught up in a vicious circle with its finances  | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
One of the government’s most intractable problems is the budget deficit, which in the year that ended June 30, 2015, was equivalent to 11.5 per cent of GDP, among the highest in the world.
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Israel army kills Palestinian siblings in 'attack'

Israel army kills Palestinian siblings in 'attack' | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
More than six months of violence leaves at least 209 Palestinians and 29 Israelis dead.
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UN rejects Israel's claim over Syria's Golan Heights

UN rejects Israel's claim over Syria's Golan Heights | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Security Council says status of the Golan will not change after Netanyahu vows it will remain part of Israeli territory.
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Iraq war 13 years on: 'I was lucky to stay alive'

Iraq war 13 years on: 'I was lucky to stay alive' | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Iraqis reflect on how the US invasion and occupation changed their lives forever.
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The Financial Dictatorship In Iraqi Kurdistan

The Financial Dictatorship In Iraqi Kurdistan | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
For almost three years Iraqi Kurdistan has not passed a regional budget. There have been complaints. But somehow nobody seems able to do anything about the uncontrolled spending or lack of oversight.
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Israel: Any war with Hezbollah will be devastating

Israel: Any war with Hezbollah will be devastating | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Major General Yair Golan says the Lebanese armed group has over 100,000 rockets and missiles in its arsenal.
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Iraq humanitarian crisis 'one of the world's worst'

Iraq humanitarian crisis 'one of the world's worst' | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
More than 10 million Iraqis are in need of immediate humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.
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Saudi Arabia Begins to Imagine Life Without Oil

Saudi Arabia Begins to Imagine Life Without Oil | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Ultimately, the degree of taxation the Saudi populace is willing to bear and the degree of freedom the Saudi government is willing to tolerate remains shrouded in uncertainty.
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"Ultimately, the degree of taxation the Saudi populace is willing to bear and the degree of freedom the Saudi government is willing to tolerate remains shrouded in uncertainty."
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A Guide to Saudi Arabia's Plan to Reorganize Its Government

A Guide to Saudi Arabia's Plan to Reorganize Its Government | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued more than 50 royal decrees on Saturday reorganizing the government of the world’s largest oil exporter. In a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency, the royal court said the changes were consistent with “Saudi Vision 2030,” the kingdom’s blueprint for the post-oil era, which was announced in April. The shifts will “focus and clarify responsibilities, and ease procedures to offer better services,” the royal court said.
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Devastation reigns in Syria's Aleppo

Devastation reigns in Syria's Aleppo | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Regime forces and opposition groups remain locked in battle in Syria's largest city, threatening peace talks.
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Shifting Saudi expectations key to labour reform success

Shifting Saudi expectations key to labour reform success | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Mohammed spends his days wandering the aisles of a Riyadh mall, flirting with women. Unemployed since leaving college and living in a shared apartment paid for by his father, the 28 year-old has searched fruitlessly for jobs related to his diploma
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لبنان الأولى عربياً بالفساد.. و50% من المصريين دفعوا رشوة لقاء خدمة عامة

لبنان الأولى عربياً بالفساد.. و50% من المصريين دفعوا رشوة لقاء خدمة عامة | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
كشف تقرير لمنظمة الشفافية الدولية شمل 8 دول عربية والأراضي الفلسطينية، عن تزايد الفساد في هذه الدول، مع التشد�
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Islamic State

The Hitchhiker’s Guide  to the Islamic State | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
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Syria war: UN aid chief laments 'massive suffering'

Syria war: UN aid chief laments 'massive suffering' | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
UN humanitarian chief laments situation in Syria, where people are facing "appalling" desolation, hunger and starvation.
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Will Saudi Arabia’s ambitious reform programme work? 

Will Saudi Arabia’s ambitious reform programme work?  | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has unveiled the most far-reaching reform programme in the kingdom’s history, in its latest attempt to wean the country off dependence on falling oil revenue and shift towards a post-oil economy over the next decade and a half. The plan,
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Iraq's parliament approves partial cabinet reshuffle

Iraq's parliament approves partial cabinet reshuffle | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Embattled country has six new ministers following mass protests calling for political reform and end to corruption.
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Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program

Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia, crimped by low crude prices, approved Monday a long-term blueprint for the kingdom’s economic transformation aimed at reducing its dependence on oil.
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The $2 Trillion Project to Get Saudi Arabia’s Economy Off Oil

The $2 Trillion Project to Get Saudi Arabia’s Economy Off Oil | Political Transitions in the Middle East | Scoop.it
Eight unprecedented hours with “Mr. Everything,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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