``An appeals court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on charges of corruption, removing the last legal judgment against him and ordering a retrial... even before the new court ruling, Mr....Show More Summary
Muslim persecution of Christians is the litmus test of how “radical” an Islamic society has become.
Yves here. This piece looks at events like Arab Spring and the revolutions of 1848 and concludes they were more successful than is commonly thought. When they did not succeed in overthrowing governments, they still led to reforms.
The Middle East is one of the most volatile regions in the world — it is no stranger to upheaval. The 2009 uprisings in Iran and the brinksmanship of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government were followed by the chaos of the Arab Spring,
Aaron David Miller: Four years on, the Arab Spring has degenerated into a catastrophe. Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen are in varying degrees of civil war, insurgency and meltdown. Egypt appears to be less free and prosperous than it was under Hosni Mubarak.
4 years after triggering the Arab Spring, Tunisians appear to have concluded their democratic transition with the election of a president, while other countries are still gripped by violence and repression. Here is a recap of where things stand now in the Middle East and North Africa: TUNISIA On December 17, 2010, a young street […]
Nearly four years ago, the Syrian government secured its reputation as one of the most brutal regimes to crackdown on the Arab Spring. Up until today, their war with rebel forces has continued, leaving 191,000 civilians dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced according to the United Nations, reported USA Today. Show More Summary
Dr James Zogby wrote a compelling article recently… The unravelling of the Arab Spring narrative Four years ago, Tunisia and the Egypt erupted in broad popular revolts. At first, analysts, Arab and westerners alike, were confounded. When Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria followed, in short order, the upheavals came to be described as the “Arab [...]
Since the Arab Spring first began to gain traction in Egypt in January 2011, the country has attracted the close watch of foreign human rights activists. Its offerings to a more progressive approach to the modern relationship between government and its people have left much to be desired. Show More Summary
Two events this week underscore the correction taking place in the march for change in the Arab region known as the Arab Spring, which began nearly four years ago. Tunisia, the first stop in that march, has returned to secularism --Show More Summary
In times of crisis, or extreme government control, it can be difficult to spread critical information to people who can help. A good example of this was during the Arab Spring in 2011. When your Internet connection is taken away, it can feel as though all is lost. Show More Summary
Wael Ghonim, a Google exec who was locked up in Egyptian custody during the Arab Spring, has resigned from Google. Back in 2011 he was Google's Middle East marketing head, but had transitioned to Google Ventures in May. Here's his tweet announcing his departure from Google: Officially resigned from @Google. Show More Summary
Nearly four years after the Arab Spring began, Tunisian voters elected Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country's autocratic regimes.
Of all the countries whose leaders were felled by the Arab Spring, Tunisia is alone in that it is hailed as a model for democratic reform
The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Four years ago, Tunisia and the Egypt erupted in broad popular revolts. At first, analysts, Arab and Westerners alike, were confounded. When Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria followed, in short order, the upheavals came to be described...Show More Summary
The Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia was the first in a series of democratic uprisings that extended to a number of North African and Middle Eastern countries, in what became known collectively as the Arab Spring. Earlier this month, Tunisia’s new unicameral parliament held its inaugural session at the nation’s capital. Show More Summary
Tunis – Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring. Incumbent Moncef Marzouki faces political veteran Beji Caid Essebsi in the vote – the first time Tunisians will be allowed to freely elect their president […]
Robin Wright: It's sobering to see what has happened to what was once, wistfully, known as the Arab Spring. Many in three of these four nations are worse off, and in the fourth some are only marginally better off.
It's a recurrent motto in the Arab region: revolutions make things worse. The so-called Arab Spring went from a bad situation for many in the region to a truly terrible one, with one notable exception -- Tunisia. The region can learn a lot from Tunisia, which is completing a successful political transition. Show More Summary