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The larger game of #Arabs vs. #MuslimBrotherhood is a conflict that is quietly playing out diplomatically across the region. #Qatar & #Erdogan strongly support MB, #Egypt/#KSA/#UAE strongly opposed to MB, #Sudan has overthrown MB, and #Kuwait/#Jordan/#Tunisia are in the middle.
Besides #MuslimBrotherhood's quest to overthrow govts and bring idealistic Muslim rule, the other threat facing the region comes from #ISIS & #IRGC, representing Sunni & Shia religious extremism. Both want to overthrow govts and introduce their own versions of Islam.
Where is #Pakistan in this game? Most #Pakistani elite don't even know what's happening on the ground. Few at Pak military+MOFA understand & follow this. #MuslimBrotherhood existence in Pak is negligible & peaceful, but #ISIS/#IRGC represent a threat and are being countered.
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#Libia 3 (mission impossible)

#Airports have become vital strategic assets for the many militias vying for #Libya’s vast natural resources.…
#Trump would be better off listening to his own military commanders, who understand that #Haftar cannot so easily take control of all of #Libya militarily.…
President #Trump’s support of a #Libyan warlord is a big mistake…
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After almost 5 years of fight, #ISIS "caliphate" has been eliminated from de map. Many actors have contributed in the liberation of an 300000 Km^2 zone between Syria & Irak : (1)
- #ISF / #PMU : 150214 km^2 (52 %) [#Coalition & #IAF]
- #SAA : 81950 Km^2 (28 %) [#RuAF, #IRGC & #PMU]
- #SDF : 44054 Km^2 (15 %) [#Coalition]
- #FSA /#TFSA : 8866 Km^2 (3,2 %) [#Coalition & #TSK]
- #KF : 4687 Km^2 (1,6 %) [#Coalition]
- #LAF : 350 Km^2 (0,2 %) [#RuAF & #LAF]
With the end of #ISIS "caliphate" the terrorist fight enter in a new phase in #Syria.
After loose control of the villages & towns militants will increase their presence as sleeper cells around the country as we see in #Irak. Nowadays many areas still have #ISIS presence: (3)
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#Algeria ruling party turns its back on #Bouteflika: he is 'history now'
Largest protests in #Algeria's history sweep the country against 5th term for #Bouteflika: "We don't want to see anyone belonging to the present regime."
#Bouteflika has become the 5th Arab leader to have been desposed by popular uprisings, as the spirit of the Arab Spring reawakens in #Algeria.…
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Nel giardino di casa abbiamo un'altra #Libia pronta ad esplodere: si chiama #Algeria 🇩🇿ma nessun media mainstream ne parla.
Nel mio piccolo ho provato a farlo io qui:
Quoting @agenzia_nova
UPDATE #Algeria : oggi tocca agli studenti. Nella descrizione dell'evento si parla di manifestazioni "contro le gang della cocaina". E' un riferimento ironico ad alcuni parlamentari coinvolti nel narcotraffico. Una metafora della corruzione in generale del sistema politico.
Facoltà di medicina, Algeri. Polizia schierata di fronte ai manifestanti.
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Last week, Pope Francis & grand imam of al-Azhar signed a “historic pledge of fraternity”in the #UAE. In light of misogyny they oversee, the patriarchs in robes can kiss & hold hands & pledge love to the “fraternity”: they are dangerous to women & children…
- Vatican & al-Azhar prohibit ordination of women
- Priests rape & sexually abuse nuns & children
- Al-Azhar is furious #Tunisia wants to make inheritance equal btwn men & women
- Ruler of #Dubai has forcibly repatriated 2 of his daughters after escape & holds them vs their will Pope Francis & grand Imam of Azhar kissingPope Francis with an official of UAE
Why are the pledges these men sign presented to us as great achievements to celebrate? For whose benefit arevthose pledges? The rot of misogyny and abuse these men oversee must not be camouflaged by “pledges of fraternity.”
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They can sign all the “pledges of fraternity” they want, but where is the pledge to women? These are patriarchs who continue to oppose women’s ordination, leadership and equality… Pope Francis in the UAEPope Francis and the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar kissing
- In the #UAE, the ruler of #Dubai has reportedly forcibly repatriated 2 of his daughters who tried to escape & is holding them vs their will
- Vatican & al-Azhar prohibit ordination of women
- Al-Azhar is furious that #Tunisia wants to make inheritance equal between men & women
So, I ask the Patriarchs in robes: WHERE IS THE PLEDGE OF SORORITY?
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#Tunisia is seeing one of the largest strikes in modern history today, with over 670 000 people involved.
Reporting has largely framed this as a direct conflict between Tunisia's workers and the IMF. There are however some problems with this narrative. A very short thread:
First, UGTT is not your average trade union. It has been a central actor in post-2011 politics, and is toying with running its own lists in this year's elections. This adds a crucial layer of politics.
(btw I recommend following @imhartshorn on Tunisian labour politics)
Second, UGTT represents not all Tunisian workers. It largely represents public sector workers - a particular constituency in post-2011 Tunisia. The majority of the country's workers - especially those in the informal sector - have no explicit representation in this fight.
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Thread challenging the seemingly overwhelming consensus that the death & destruction that accompanied the crisis in #Syria is the direct result of the Syrian State's decision to refuse to transition out of power but to instead fight against its own people till the bitter end =>
2-The reason the Syrian State receives the overwhelming share of the blame is because the world had just seen what happened in #Tunisia , and to a lesser extent in #Egypt, and thought/hoped that #Syria would most likely follow the same path.
3-Using the #Tunisia #Egypt examples to extrapolate to #Syria ignored the profound differences in the sectarian mix of these countries, made all too real by an earlier uprising (Muslim Brotherhood) that swept Syrian cities some four decades earlier. Wounds since then never died
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The #UAE is opening its embassy in #Damascus (in 30 minutes from now) led by a Chargé d'affaires Abdel Hakim al-Noaymi. #Syria FM will be present at the openning.

Who is next? #Italy is almost ready and #SaudiArabia is not far.
For those who missed this information, Mohammad Bin Salman met General Ali Mamlouk in 2015 (a meeting organised by #Russia). #SaudiArabia said it has inherited the crisis from its predecessor and is involved as much as the #USA wants it to be involved.

#UAE Chargé d'affaires Abdel Hakim al-Noaymi said in Abu Rummaneh, a wealthy district in #Damascus where the #UAE based: "This is the return of #Syria among the Arab nations and soon other embassies will follow". #Syria
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1/ The #Saudi kidnapping of #Khashoggi reminds me of the kidnapping of #Hariri. It is meant to embarrass the other party, this time the gov of #Turkey, and provoke a diplomatic crisis. This is drug Cartel methods. It has no other goal than to assert power over the other.
2/ However, resorting to these methods to assert power in the political and international affairs sphere is always a sign of weakness and a sign of a power in crisis. #SaudiArabia
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How Europe Raped Africa

The Berlin conference of 1884 is where European colonising nations basically carved up Africa. Historians refer to it as “the scramble for Africa”.

#Africa #Europe #WhiteSupremacy
The countries represented at the time included Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, #France, #Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, #Russia, #Spain, Sweden-Norway (unified from 1814-1905), #Turkey, and the United States of #America.
The Conference of 1884–85, also known as the Congo Conference, regulated European colonization and trade in #Africa during the New Imperialism period and coincided with Germany's sudden emergence as an imperial power.
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In order to truly understand the dynamic inside the #Syrian Armed Opposition, one must start to look into the ever closer marriage between the the Moslem Brotherhood and Nusra / al-Qaeda. Both have been joined at the hip through the sponsorship & support of #Qatar #Turkey ==>
2-Moslem Brotherhood (MB) lost its original military wing during the battle with the Syrian State in the 80’s. Best to think of Nusra/HTS/al-Qaeda in #Syria today as the new military wing of the M Brotherhood. One is the brain, the other represents arms & legs of the same body
3-The coordination between MB & Nusra/HTS/al-Qaeda has afforded the latter the chance to transform itself from non-state actor that had been hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan to an outfit with clear lines of communications to regional capitals that are supporting the MB
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I wrote this in January when #Tunisia was mulling equal inheritance for women and men, and how that revolutionary concept was upsetting conservatives. Bravo #Tunisia!…
7yrs after #Tunisia sparked 1at protests in “Arab Spring,” & ousted its long-standing dictator, it is generating inspiration & anger yet again by upending what many consider more difficult to overthrow than dictators-for-life: Islamic laws & taboos on marriage & inheritance.
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#Tunisia is going through a crisis sparked chiefly by a dispute between political forces about whether the prime minister, Youssef Chahed, should resign and by a struggle for control of Nida Tounes, one of the two main parties in the governing coalition.
The crisis has paralysed the government and parliament, divided and discredited the political class and undermined public confidence in the country’s institutions.
It also has reduced the government’s capacity to deal with unexpected events, such as jihadist attacks or large-scale riots, and has fuelled the drift toward authoritarianism.
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Thread on Syria Coverage: Reporters & experts were eager to establish access with insiders to help analyze the conflict. For reasons to be explained, Govt side was not going to provide that access. Those in Opp, however, were eager to tell outsiders their side of the story
2-Above dynamic helped shape #Syria coverage & analysis over past 7y. With help of social media, every reporter/analyst boasted long list of mostly Opp contacts who were feeding them timely updates. Expertise became correlated with length of your WhatsApp / Skype contact list
3-To be able to publish research papers or speak at Syria conferences out of Think Tanks, you needed to appear informed & to do so, you had to to be good at networking with your list of revolutionary contacts. The more you called and interacted w them, the more you were in demand
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In today´s @welt: My report about the hunt for the #ISIS suspect who allegedly „guided“ the #Berlin Christmas Market attacker #AnisAmri. Details in the following thread ⬇️ /1 #Breitscheidplatz #terrorism #UA1BT
#AnisAmri was in contact with an #ISIS suspect for several weeks prior to the #Breitscheidplatz attack. They communicated via Telegram messenger. Amri´s name was „Anis Abu Al Barra“ (Abumos), his ISIS contact´s name was „Moadh Tounsi“ (moumou1) /2 #UA1BT #terrorism
After the #Breischeidplatz attack the police found Amri´s HTC smartphone near the truck he used. Investigators were able to retrieve several Telegram chat messages, pictures and voice messages /3 #AnisAmri #UA1BT #terrorism #ISIS
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