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 […]
A group of people stage a demonstration on January 14, 2015 during the celebration of the 4th anniversary of the beginning of the “Arab Spring” revolution at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Four years ago today, longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was deposed. By Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
THE BITTER FRUITS OF SMART DIPLOMACY: Christians Slaughtered in Post ‘Arab Spring’ Libya.
``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 […]