After the Western intervention in Libya, a number of people argued that it was a success and that it saved Libyan lives, it helped the Libyans oust a dictator, and it did not result in military occupation.
Two years after Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in an act of protest that sparked revolutions across the Middle East, the Arab spring smolders with grief and a lingering sense of lost purpose. For Egyptians, their revolution’s anniversary...Show More Summary
I first covered the Arab Spring just over two years ago, and since then, I’ve written about whether the revolutions were a setback for women’s rights, as well as the unresolved tension between democracy and Islamism among Arab populations. I didn’t report on events in the Middle East very much last year, since I thought [...]
Last week, Marc Lynch struggled to unravel the continuing impact of social media on the Arab Spring: [N]egatives such as sectarianism, fear, and hatred spread as rapidly on social media as do more positive ideas. The success of the Tunisian revolution inspired Arabs everywhere to believe that victory was possible, and Egypt’s success convinced many that victory [...]
Sectarian domination was not what Egyptian protesters and self-described revolutionaries had in mind when they drove President Hosni Mubarak from office during Egypt's Arab Spring in 2011. But to underestimate religious sectarianism in the Middle East is to misunderstand one of its core realities.
My column last week, Twitter Devolutions: How Social Media is Hurting the Arab Spring, stirred up more han the usual amount of discussion and responses. Thanks to all of you who tweeted it, retweeted it, and offered your thoughts. Show More Summary
Ever since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the world has become a much safer and peaceful place. The Arab Spring brought democracy to a region badly in need of Obama’s vision and greatness, and in 2009 when the students in Iran revolted against the Mullah’s, Obama stood silent and indirectly supported the ruling [...]
TUNIS, Tunisia — In some of the saddest news for Tunisian democracy, an opposition politician was murdered in cold blood and led to popular protests in the streets of the nation’s capital Tunis. It is a sad development for the developing and new democracy in Tunisia, whose “Jasmine Revolution” sparked what is known as Arab [...]
Across the country once considered the region's best hope for democracy, mass protests and political paralysis have erupted following the assassination of a leading secular politician on Wednesday. The anger and grief at Chokri Belaid’s death is real, but it is also a reflection of the growing divide between secular Tunisians and the ruling Islamist party Ennahda.
Something startling is happening in the Muslim world... it is not the Arab Spring or the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. A sharp decline in Muslim fertility rates and a "flight from marriage" among Arab women.
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Tunisia's government crisis grows with pro-government rally Growing tensions in Tunisia reflect the fault line across the 'Arab Spring' Food fraud surges in America and Europe Tunisia's...Show More Summary
This restive Sunni town, the first to rebel against U.S. troops a decade ago, is rising up once again, this time against the government the Americans left behind.In an echo of the Arab Spring protests that have overturned regimes elsewhere...Show More Summary
On Friday, tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets to protest the shocking assassination of leftist, secular politician Chokri Belaid earlier this week. He had been the leader of a small opposition party and had been an outspoken critic both of the ruling al-Nahda Party and of the neighborhood militias that sprung up [...]
If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Twitter, that phenomenal purveyor of 140-character messages about everything from Justin Bieber to the Arab Spring, has recently given birth to a new mobile app called Vine. It’s basically tweets for video: … Continue reading ?
The assassination of Chokri Belaid has sparked protests. Emotions are running as high as they were two years ago at the start of the Arab Spring.
This is just a placeholder post to point blog readers to my weekly column: "Twitter Devolutions: How Social Media Hurt the Arab Spring." It's based in part on the talk I gave yesterday at McGill University, which hopefully will be available...Show More Summary
Peter Rugh interviews Omar Barghouti about the Brooklyn College controversy, the global BDS movement and the Arab Spring rebellions across the Arab world.
As the Arab Spring hit Yemen in 2011, urban Yemenis called for an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three-decade reign in power. They also saw the end of their reliable access to electricity. The situation bottomed out in late summer, as 23 hour long power cuts during Ramadan left fatigued Yemenis struggling to negotiate dimly lit iftar meals at night. Show More Summary