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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

With the Internet blackout in Sudan, Knowledge Is Power

Yousra Khalil

Two days after the June 3 massacre where an estimated 118 people were killed, Sudan’s ruling military junta—widely seen as a continuation of Omar Al Bashir’s regime—subjected Sudan to a “near total (internet) blackout” on the pretext of ensuring the country’s national security and curtailing fake news. However, some political analysts believe that the junta is trying to cover up their suppression of the revolution by using excessive violence in the face of peaceful demonstrations.

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The Gulf Crisis Is a Messaging Nightmare—With No Success in Sight

Hassan Mneimneh

Nearly two years have lapsed since what was supposed to be a political blitzkrieg against Qatar metastasized into economic and geo-strategic trench warfare. Through effective counter-measures—and despite considerable financial drain—Qatar has seemingly been able to withstand the harsh diplomatic and logistic constraints imposed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in conjunction with Bahrain and Egypt.