Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky: Four years after the Arab Spring uprisings began, the rights of people in the Middle East are shrinking rather than expanding.
How has Tunisia been able to move forward in its transition to democracy?
Bringing together the best Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. This week the Lowy Institute launched a new Analysis paper, Jordan's youth after the Arab Spring by Marty Harris. Marty wrote a blog post for The Interpreter...Show More Summary
The uprisings that swept across the Arab world from late 2010 are, to put it mildly, faltering. Members of the March 24 Youth movement protesting in Amman, Jordan, 2011. (REUTERS/Muhammed Hamed.) Egypt has returned to authoritarianism. Show More Summary
After the U.S. withdrew personnel from their embassy in Yemen, it marked the third embassy in the Arab Spring countries that the U.S. has shut down in recent years. However, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the U.S. is not “being run out of town” and said other Western countries have also done likewise. Yet, […]
Remember when Twitter was the magical service that played a role in the Arab Spring and was going to make the world a better place? Increasingly it is becoming a platform where demented people hurl abuse and bully each other — it's Troll City, packed with idiots, full of sound and fury, but signifying less and less. Read more...
Kiran Bedi was once India’s first-ranking female police officer who went on to become the first female chief of India’s largest prison. Four years ago, during the 15-day long anti-corruption protest, called India’s Arab Spring by many, she was seen tirelessly waving the national flag and giving fiery speeches.Read full article >>
Kiran Bedi was once India’s first-ranking female police officer who went on to become the first female chief of India’s largest prison. Four years ago, during the 15-day long anti-corruption protest, called India’s Arab Spring by many, she was seen tirelessly waving the national flag and giving fiery speeches. But today, Bedi, 65, is a […]
Corruption and favouritism have motivated people to protest against the ruling regimes. In Egypt, in particular, the protests brought down Hosni Mubarak's government. To what extent this reduced the corruption and favouritism is less clear. Show More Summary
In a straight line from actively supporting the elimination of democracy in Honduras through the conference feting the worst dictators in Africa and the so-called Arab Spring that chilled (at best) or killed most moderate, not-anti-West...Show More Summary
In the early days of the Arab Spring, Wael Ghonim declared, "If you want to liberate a society, just give them the Internet." In retrospect Ghonim, a well-known Egyptian activist at the center of Cairo protests, should not have stopped there. Show More Summary
Demonstrations marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising were marred by bombings and clashes with authorities that saw at least 18 people killed and 50 injured, most of them in northern sections of Cairo.
Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was marching to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators killed during the Arab Spring uprising of 2011
In 2011, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, a mild-mannered diplomat named Robert S. Ford, became the face of American support for the Arab Spring when he boldly visited opponents to the brutal regime of Bashar Assad in the northern city of Hama.
Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: King Abdullah, Saudi Monarch Who Modernized Economy, Dies. King Abdullah, the monarch who oversaw a fivefold increase in the size of the Arab world’s biggest economy and met the Arab Spring with a mixture of force and largesse, has died after almost a decade on the throne. Show More Summary
2015 extends the crises of the Middle East. They impact the entire world, starting with the riots from 2009, continuing with the disastrous policies of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad government and culminating with the Arab Spring chaos. "The blast" (like the blast of an explosion) of the revolution revives existing conflicts. Show More Summary
Summary: In these past few years, we have seen some wild change in the world due to the spread of information and the ease of communication. The Arab Spring, for example, was kept alive through Twitter and other digital media, making sure those who reported on it got the right information. Show More Summary
KELLY O MAGED ZAHER Local poet (and 2013 Stranger Genius of literature) Maged Zaher describes the birth of his new anthology of Egyptian poets as "an act of friendship." In 2010, he befriended Cairo poet Ibrahim El-Sayed, and the two began exchanging poems. Show More Summary
Greg Barker's new documentary We Are the Giant takes an in-depth look at an exceedingly complex global phenomenon—the Arab Spring. By focusing on three unique stories born out of three disparate but interconnected struggles, Barker draws out the common threads that bind the ongoing revolutions together. We recently sat down with Barker to discuss the film.
Seattle’s The Stranger writes about their own Maged Zaher, who has edited an anthology of Egyptian poets called The Tahrir of Poems. The book features seven poets, all of whom participated in the Arab Spring. Great piece. An excerpt, from writer Paul Constant: …Finally, five years after that first clumsy act of translation over the […]