During the Tahrir Square uprising in Cairo, part of the the Arab Spring in 2011, archaeologists and scholars fretted about the fate of Egypt's ancient monuments and the artifacts housed in the Cairo Museum, worrying the treasures from Egypt's pagan past would be lost in the midst of the political turmoil. Show More Summary
The tumult of the Arab Spring is having devastating impact on the minority communities
If you ask the linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, the Arab Spring did not begin in Tunisia in 2011—it began with the October 2010 protests in the town of Gdeim Izik, in Western Sahara's occupied territories. The former Spanish colony has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975. Show More Summary
Tunis, Tunisia -- On the outskirts of the North African capital city of Tunis, a lush eco-village called Sidi Amor is rising from a semi-arid, eroded landscape. Tunisians are designing and constructing environmentally sustainable buildings...Show More Summary
MICHAEL TOTTEN: Year Four: The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mohamed Salmawy's Butterfly Wings, his semi-prescient 2011 novel of the Arab Spring in Egypt, just out in translation from American University in Cairo Press.
Same stuff... different country. Once again someone (former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak) exposed the corruption among the elites (revealed documents that allegedly prove billions of illicit financial transfers were made to senior...Show More Summary
Summing up the argument of his latest book, The New Arabs, Juan Cole hums a hopeful tune about the long-term fate of the youth-driven uprisings in the Middle East: The generation of young Arabs who made the revolutions that led to the unrest and civil wars of the present is in fact distinctive — substantially more urban, […]
Protests in the Middle East, known as "The Arab Spring," echoed around the world. On Friday December 17, 2010, a 26-year-old fruit vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi covered himself in flammable liquid and lit a match. HIs body was quickly engulfed in...
McQ Spring/Summer 2015–A broad range of influences spanning from rave culture to the Arab Spring come together in the new collection by spirited offshoot of the Alexander McQueen men’s line, McQ. London tattoo artist Fergus Percell has...Show More Summary
While the media focuses on turmoil in the Middle East, they overlook important historical developments
According to the Saudi Arabian-based newspaper, Arab News, “the Arab Spring is not about seeking democracy, it is about Arabs killing Arabs… about hateand sectarian violence…. The Arab Spring is an accumulation of years of political corruption, human rights violations, sectarianism and poor education systems. It showed that the Arabs were never united and are […]
A street vendor who set himself on fire after having his fruit cart confiscated, triggered widespread protests in Tunisia and spurred the Arab Spring. "A surge in the prices of garlic and other staple food commodities in Tunisia wasShow More Summary
(June 25, 2014 12:02 AM, by Bryan Caplan) A year ago, The Economist wrote another stylish but insubstantial editorial. The topic: the Arab Spring. The opening:Roughly two-and-a-half years after the revolutions in the Arab world, not a single country is yet plainly on course to become a stable,... (0 COMMENTS)
(June 24, 2014 12:33 AM, by Bryan Caplan) I was never optimistic about the Arab Spring. But the spread of the hellish Syrian Civil War into Iraq leaves the net-effect-so-far quite a bit worse than I expected. You could say, "You're no expert on this topic, so your... (0 COMMENTS)
The insurgency lead by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has won key sites in Iraq, including Mosul, and is moving towards the capital. It has succeeded in diminishing parts of the Iraq-Syria border and proclaims to have undone the national boundaries drawn by colonial powers during the Skyes-Picot agreement. Show More Summary
This is not what the student protesters who led the Egyptian Arab Spring wanted. Not Morsi. Not Sisi. So, since they haven’t gotten the democracy they envisioned, many wonder, “why are there no more massive student protests?” But maybe the question that should be asked is, “where are the student protesters?” The answer to that […]
Under President Obama the world's becoming unstuck. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, like Syria, or new Arab dictators, like Egypt. Show More Summary
WHOEVER chose the Twitter handle “Jihadi Spring” was prescient. Three years of turmoil in the region, on the back of unpopular American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have benefited extreme Islamists, none more so than the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a group that outdoes even al-Qaeda in brutality and fanaticism. Show More Summary
It’s been the most powerful narrative in the region for quite some time – exacerbated a million times by the US invasion, and then inflamed by the Arab Spring in Syria. Simon Henderson believes that the Saudis now want Iraq to host a proxy fight against Iran: ISIS is a ruthless killing machine, taking Sunni contempt for Shiites to […]