‘Arab Spring’ Yesterday and Today: The Tunisian Template

Tommaso Virgili
Gatestone institute

  • A crucial recommendation of the report by Tunisia’s Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee (COLIBE) is a call explicitly to define the country’s vague criminal clauses that refer to ‘public order’ and ‘morals.’
  • The calls to decriminalize homosexuality and blasphemy, and to equalize the inheritance rights of women with men, are opposed by political parties that claim to be post-Islamist but in practice kowtow to Islamic fundamentalists.
  • Now it is time for hesitant secular forces in Tunisia’s parliament to embrace and implement COLIBE’s recommendations.
  • And in the rest of the Muslim world?

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Mental illness, suicide, and ‘intractable violence’ creating ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Suicide, homicide, and sexual assault are increasing much faster in the Eastern Mediterranean Region than any other region in the world, according to a new scientific study. These violent acts, as well as conflicts, accounted for more than 200,000 deaths in the region in 2015. Read more about Mental illness, suicide, and ‘intractable violence’ creating ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Europe’s Growing Muslim Population

Pew Research Center

Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population – even with no future migration.
In recent years, Europe has experienced a record influx of asylum seekers fleeing conflicts in Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries. This wave of Muslim migrants has prompted debate about immigration and security policies in numerous countries and has raised questions about the current and future number of Muslims in Europe.

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Europe: Making Islam Great Again

Judith Bergman is a columnist, lawyer and political analyst.
Originally Published by Gatestone Institute

  • In Germany, 47% of Muslims believe Sharia is more important than German law. In Sweden, 52% of Muslims believe that Sharia is more important than Swedish law.
  • The studies are supported by European intelligence reports. In Germany, intelligence agencies warned in the early fall of 2015 that, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law.”
  • A recent Belgian study, in which 4,734 Belgians were polled, showed that two-thirds of Belgians feel that their nation is being “increasingly invaded”.

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Diagnosing the Arab Muslim Mentality as a Precursor to Reform

Abd al-Hamid al-Ansari

Attempts to diagnose the factors contributing to paralysis and obstacles to Arab reform date back more than two centuries. They began at the end of the 18th century on the heels of the cultural clash with a triumphant West that overran the region with its developed weaponry and modern technologies, with its sciences, expertise and advanced systems.

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