Tunisia secures more loans as protests hit deprived town

By Francesco Guarascio and Tarek Amara | Reuters – Wed, Nov 28, 2012

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia, struggling to ease economic difficulties that have provoked unrest since its democratic revolution, said on Wednesday it had secured more international lending to cover its 2013 spending.

Tunisia’s new, elected Islamist-led government has sought to revive the economy in the face of a decline in trade with the crisis-hit euro zone and disputes between secularists and hardline Salafi Islamists over the future direction of the North African Arab state. Continue reading Tunisia secures more loans as protests hit deprived town

Morocco police break up jobs protest ahead of budget debate

RABAT | Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:38pm EST

(Reuters) – Moroccan police with batons broke up a protest by more than a thousand unemployed graduates in central Rabat on Wednesday, the second protest this week before parliament votes on the first part of the 2013 budget.

Public finances are in dire straits in the North African country of 33 million people due largely to the euro zone’s financial crisis. Europe is Morocco’s main economic partner. Continue reading Morocco police break up jobs protest ahead of budget debate

Moroccan police break up protest over royal budget

RABAT | Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:41pm EST

(Reuters) – Moroccan police on Sunday broke up the first street protest against spending by King Mohammed, witnesses said.

They said police with truncheons ended a rally outside parliament by a few dozen Moroccans, kicking and beating protesters including Abdelhamid Amine, the head of the Moroccan Human Rights Association. The police said the demonstration was not licensed. Continue reading Moroccan police break up protest over royal budget

Brotherhood cannot dominate post-Assad Syria – deputy leader

By Andrew Hammond

DOHA | Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:36pm IST

(Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood has no intention of monopolising the revolt in Syria, the group’s deputy leader said, despite fears its close ties with Qatar and Turkey would help it eventually impose a Sunni-dominated government based on sharia law.

Ali Sadreddine al-Bayanouni said in an interview in Doha that the Brotherhood would hope to reach a consensus on the introduction of sharia but would not impose it. Continue reading Brotherhood cannot dominate post-Assad Syria – deputy leader

Mistrust of Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood lingers

By Rania El Gamal and Andrew Hammond

DOHA | Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:38pm EST

(Reuters) – Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood finally swung behind a new opposition unity deal in Qatar, but some Syrians fear it will work in the new entity to replicate the influence it wields in the narrower Syrian National Council. Continue reading Mistrust of Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood lingers