Manar Rachwani

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Arab Democracy: Too Early to Celebrate!

By Manar Rachwani

“It is the fourth wave of democracy”, writes an Arab sociologist after the success of the Egyptian uprising (or revolution) in forcing former President Hosni Mubarak to step down last month. Just weeks after the unexpected Jasmine Revolution that toppled the brutal Tunisian dictator, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. 

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Reform Needs to Boycott ... Boycott!

By Manar Rachwani

According to Jordan’s Minister of Political Development Musa Maaytah, the Islamic Movement of Jordan would have won at least 20 out of 120 seats of the Lower House of Parliament, if it had not decided to boycott elections. But from the point of view of the Islamic Movement such claims, although supported by the Jordanian Centre for Strategic Studies, have no foundations. 

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Ecstatic Welcome to Ahmadinejad in Lebanon

By Manar Rachwani

In the end, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon went contrary to the fears that preceded or accompanied it.