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Lebanese army clashes with followers of radical Sunni clerk

On June 25, Lebanese security officials say a roadside bomb has exploded on the highway linking Beirut with Damascus. The bomb comes a day after heavy fighting between the army and militia’s of the radical Sunni clerk Ahmed al-Assir in the northern coastal town Sidon. Each side accuses the other of provoking the initial fighting. According to security forces 16 soldiers died in the fighting and at least 20 supporters of Assir were killed. Dozens are said to have been arrested. The fate of Assir is still unknown.

First Future Leaders Training held in the MENA region

Between June 7th and June 9th the European Forum, in cooperation with the Alfred Mozer Stichting, the UK Labour Party and the Al-Sindyan Institute organized for the first time a Future Leaders Training for 24 young and promising participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan. The participants came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

Sfeerverslag Solidariteitsdebat

Door: Jette van Ravesteijn


Verzet begint niet met grote woorden maar met kleine daden
Jezelf een vraag stellen daarmee begint verzet
En dan die vraag aan een ander stellen (Remco Campert)


Dit citaat haalt Hans Beerends aan in zijn boekpresentatie van ‘Tegen de draad in’. Het omschrijft wat de Evert Vermeer Stichting (EVS) heeft proberen te doen met de eerste editie van het Solidariteitsdebat en tevens het laatste EVS debat* dat het op vrijdagmiddag 14 juni organiseerde in samenwerking met het Kosmopolis Institute van de Universiteit voor Humanistiek (UvH). Het was een intensieve mooie middag vol reflectie, waaraan alle aanwezigen op een geconcentreerde en enthousiaste manier aan hebben bijgedragen.

Albania heading to the polls

On Sunday 23 June, parliamentary elections will be held in Albania. The coalitions around the Socialist Party of Albania (SP) which is led by the ex mayor of Tirana, Edi Rama, and the Democratic Party of Albania (PD) of the incumbent Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, have the best chance to win the elections. These elections are a very important indicator for the European Commission to propose for Albania getting candidate status for the EU.

Unions go on one day strike in support of Gezi protests

On June 17, five Turkish unions, including the Confederation of Public Workers union(KESK) and the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DISK), said they will go on strike in support of the forced eviction of hundreds of demonstrators at Taksim square in central Istanbul. The total number of the five unions amounts up to nearly 800,000, including doctors, engineers and dentists.

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