Muslim Brotherhood forms party in Libya

Tripoli, Libya – Just as the Arab Spring brought the Muslim Brotherhood into governments in Egypt and Tunisia, the Brotherhood has now unveiled its new party in Libya. The Islamist group declared the creation of the Justice and Development Party in the absence of laws laying out a formal process for the establishment of political parties.

As in other countries where the movement had for decades been repressed, the newly-created Al-Adala’a Wa Al-Beena (“Justice and Development Party”) will be led by a former political prisoner. Mohamed Hassan Sowan spent eight years in jail under the regime of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who was slain after being captured by the rebels. Read more of this post


Hamas’s Ideological Crisis

Despite its success as the first Muslim Brotherhood organization to control and govern territory, and in part because of that success, Hamas today is under significant stress. In the West Bank, Hamas faces a severe security crackdown that has driven the movement underground. And in Gaza, Hamas has been forced to choose between engaging in acts of violence or attempting to effectively govern the territory it took over by force of arms. The result is an acute ideological tension within Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, which has been forced to suspend the resistance for which it is named and by which it defines itself. Read more of this post