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 […]
The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. The Islamic State of Iraq...Show More Summary
Happy Friday, friends. We have a grab-bag of politicians making some … questionable decisions, LEGO being awesome, and the Amazon Overlords being rather Overlord-y. Let’s get started. Three years after their Arab Spring, Libya now has two rival governments, and the country is headed back into war after mediation efforts were not successful. Show More Summary
Navy went to aid of 17 different vessels; Flow of boat migrants set to break 2011, Arab Spring record. Italy wants more EU help, UN intervention in Libya. Italy has rescued more than 2,
In the first four months of this year so many illegal immigrants crossed the Mediterranean and entered one of the EU member states that the number is already close to the 2013 total and is likely to rise as summer weather brings calmer seas, officials from the European Union’s border agency Frontex told the New York Times on Friday. Show More Summary
Three and a half years have passed since the commencement of the "Arab Spring," and the landscape in the region looks bleak in terms of respect for democracy and human rights, with only a few rays of light. Thus, the question arises:...Show More Summary
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD ON SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY: “If Burma was a success of the Clinton approach, Egypt and Libya were sobering failures. Except in Tunisia, U.S. efforts to promote democracy after the Arab Spring were largely unsuccessful, with Egypt a particularly dramatic case. But the greatest problem for Clinton’s legacy is likely to be [...]
Right Turn will be traveling this week. I will be in Morocco and, if the computer connection gods allow, will be sending back some reports on an interesting part of the world, where Arab Spring reform, ongoing threats to civil liberties and the perils from North African terrorists all intersect. In the interest of full disclosure, my […]
The number of illegal immigrants crossing into Europe has risen sharply in the first four months of this year, meaning that this year's figures could overtake those of the 2011 Arab Spring. EU border agency Frontex said that 42,000 illegal immigrants reached Europe between January and April this year, the Telegraph reports. Show More Summary
The world may look like it's roiling now, but the 1980s were far worse.
After more than three years of political unrest, Egyptians vote to turn back the block to before the "Arab Spring" uprising.
So much has changed since the Arab Spring . Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive credited with igniting a revolution in Egypt, just joined Google's venture capital firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence because "He's really trying to move his life forward." Read more...
Sometimes a movement is born from just a few, powerful words shared and spoken by people around the world—and it can start with just a hashtag. #YesAllWomen, a collective online response to the recent shootings in Isla Vista, Calif.,...Show More Summary
Twitter has a reputation as an open platform for expressing one's opinions. It's become a place for dissent and debate. It played a key role in the "Arab Spring" revolutions of the last couple of years. But last week, it agreed to censor a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed in Russia. Show More Summary
Gilbert Achcar has been called "one of the best analysts of the contemporary Arab world" (Le Monde) and "the preeminent Marxist scholar of the region" (CounterPunch). He is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. Show More Summary
One of the things that makes Twitter so successful is its near constant involvement in political movements around the world. From the Arab spring to Occupy Wall Street to outrage over the latest celebrity drivel, Twitter has been invaluable in giving people a voice and helping them organize rapidly. So, it has been disappointing for political activists, free […]
Twitter is still receiving accolades for its role in the Arab Spring years later, but the corporation's decision block tweets in Pakistan for the first time ever is tarnishing its reputation as a free speech advocate. Read more...