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The MI6 packs up its tool kit for the “Arab Spring

The MI6 is recalling its men after the botched “Arab Spring”. It was Sir James Craig who in 2004 put this project together, its essential aim being to produce an “Arab Revolt” just like Lawrence of Arabia had organized against the Ottoman empire. Show More Summary

The Al Mayadeen news network gives voice to left-wing Arabs

(University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Humanities) Frustrated with Al Jazeera's coverage of the Arab Spring and the popular uprising in Syria, former Al Jazeera broadcasters and journalists established the pan-Arab satellite network Al Mayadeen in 2012 with support from Iran. Show More Summary

Peace in Syria for the benefit of Israël and Turkey?, by Thierry Meyssan

As we approach the end of the war against Syria, none of the initial goals of the Anglo-Saxons have been clearly reached. Not only has the Muslim Brotherhood failed to triumph via the Arab Springs, but they seem to be losing all over the region, apart from in Qatar and Turkey. Show More Summary

Self-Immolation, Catalyst of the Arab Spring, Is Now a Grim Trend

last monthNews : NYTimes: News

The once-extraordinary act has become commonplace in Tunisia, whether compelled by anger, depression or bitter disappointment, or meant to challenge the authorities.

Limn 8: a social science journal issue devoted to hacking

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Gabriella Coleman is the hacker anthropologist whose work on the free software movement, Anonymous and the Arab Spring, the politicization of hacking, and the true role of alt-right dank memes in the 2016 elections are critical reading for the 21st century. (more…)

Movie Review: The citizen journalists in City Of Ghosts risk everything for truth

The wave of revolutionary protests known as the Arab Spring occurred relatively early in the history of social media, less than five years after Twitter—a key factor in popular uprisings in countries like Egypt and Tunisia—was launched in summer 2006. Show More Summary

The Problem with Qatar’s Foreign Policy—It Backed The Wrong Side

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Following the Arab Spring, Qatar bet against Arab centers of power, siding with Iran, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Protests in northern Morocco swell with calls for royal intervention

AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco (Reuters) - Under the banner of the People's Movement, Moroccans have just staged the country's biggest political protest since the "Arab Spring" and some now say that only intervention by their king can defuse a deepening crisis.

The blockade of Qatar is a move against the values of the Arab spring | Wadah Khanfar

The pretext offered was to cut the funding of terrorist groups. Yet the most significant demand had nothing to do with this: it was to close down al-Jazeera The move of Saudi Arabia,the UAE and Bahrain against Qatar was swift. It was launched on the back of a fake news report placed by hackers on the website of Qatar’s official news agency. Show More Summary

TUNISIA’S WAR ON CORRUPTION: Endemic governmental corruption sparked Tunisia’s Arab Spring revolt. P…

TUNISIA’S WAR ON CORRUPTION: Endemic governmental corruption sparked Tunisia’s Arab Spring revolt. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed says he means to end it. He’s right when he says “…Even social protests are exploited by this system (of corruption), and terrorists also benefit from it.” Stay tuned.

Morocco: What is fuelling unrest in the Rif?

An overview of protests in Morocco, from the Arab Spring to Mouhcine Fikri's death to Nasser Zefzafi's arrest.

JPMorgan: Geopolitical fear is at its highest point since the Arab Spring due to Trump

"Geopolitical anxiety looks extremely high," JPMorgan said in a note sent to clients on Tuesday. The investment bank said that: "Since President Trump's election, news coverage around topics such as war, terrorism and cyberattacks has...Show More Summary

Towards a « Latino Spring »?, by Thierry Meyssan

Anxiety is growing in Latin America – the United States and the United Kingdom are preparing a « Spring » for them on the model of the « Arab Springs ». Of course, this time, it will not be a case of spreading war and dividing the populations...Show More Summary

Egypt's National Ballet Is Rebuilding And Planning For The Future

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Things went badly wrong for the National Ballet during the Arab Spring and the conservative religious backlash that followed. "The company is still recovering from the turmoil. Most foreign dancers fled amid the 2011 uprising. Foreign ballerinas are back, but now the company — like the rest of Egypt — struggles with austerity measures imposed […]

Bahrain sends first civilian case to military court

Bahrain has referred its first civilian case to a military court following a constitutional amendment approved by the king last month, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Inspired in part by Arab Spring uprisings, Bahrain has since...Show More Summary

Analysis of 14 million Arab Spring tweets reveals normal people drive huge movements

The massive Arab Spring protests that began in late December 2010 and spread from North Africa to the Middle East generated huge crowds and had quick and profound effects—including the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who had held a firm grip on the country for decades.

UK warned it needs new Middle East policy that does not rely on Trump

Lords report calls for fresh alliances to be forged in region and criticises approaches to Syria, Arab spring and Saudi arms sales The UK must fundamentally rethink its approach to the Middle East and potentially distance itself from the “mercurial and unpredictable” leadership of Donald Trump, a major report has concluded. Show More Summary

The Fruits of the Arab Spring Has Bore an Open Air Slave Market in Libya

Regime change was all the rage under the Obama administration -- especially in the middle east. The pitch was MUH democracy needed to be exported to savage lands, whose populations were largely an illiterate ensemble of archaic tribes...Show More Summary

The Arab Spring Unleashed a Wave of Torture and Abuse

4 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Authoritarian regimes clamped down to cling to power, from Assad in Syria to Saddam in Iraq.

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