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From its outset, the self-immolation of a crestfallen Tunisian vegetable vendor, the Arab Spring was largely about poverty. Mohamed Bouazizi’s final words before igniting himself and the region were, “How do you expect me to make a living?”

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Follow the latest in economic news and developments about the Arab transition countries. 

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Militant fighters overran a Saiqa special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, after another day of intensive missile strikes by Ansar al-Sharia and its allies that killed at least thirty people.

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Violent battles in Libya’s capital have intensified over the past several weeks, with the Tripoli airport under siege and a recent decision by the US government to evacuate US embassy staff. Libya’s political transition has been overwhelmed by deteriorating security, but international attention is sporadic at best—often only responding to attacks from Islamist militias or counterattacks by opposition factions. What is happening on the security, political, and economic fronts throughout the country and what should the international community do?

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Follow the latest in economic news and developments about the Arab transition countries. 

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A US judge has signed an order telling the US Marshals Service to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker off the Texas coast, court filings showed on Tuesday. The order to seize the tanker was issued due to a request by the Iraqi central government.

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The Islamist party, Ennahda, won the first post-Ben Ali election of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) on October 23, 2011, forming a coalition government with two smaller parties. But months of unrest and conflicts obliged Ennahda to relinquish the government to overcome political deadlock and to join the National Dialogue.

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President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi called for unity during a visit to Amran after it was briefly seized by Houthi rebels. The president called upon Amran residents to return to their homes, and announced the allocation of 5 billion rials to begin rebuilding the city.

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As inter-militia clashes continue, a rocket struck a fuel storage tank near the main airport in Tripoli, setting off a huge conflagration that firefighters are struggling to extinguish.

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Iraq’s parliamentarians elected a new president last week, advancing the process of forming a government to the most vexing phase in determining who will become the next prime minister.

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