Islamist forces coming to power in ‘Arab Spring’ countries could provoke a fresh wave of protests and lead to civil wars, Arab experts said at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Wednesday.
On Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, MSNBC contributor and Managing Editor for TheGrio.com Joy Reid mentioned slavery to refute the argument that the American Revolution was somehow exemplary, in comparison to the Arab Spring, andShow More Summary
The Benghazi incident and the Syrian civil war are linked in a number of ways. They are both bloody after-effects of the Arab Spring. They both highlight the spread of jihadists into war-torn countries. They both point to the monumental … Continue reading ?
(TUNIS, Tunisia) — The hunt for al-Qaida-linked militants in a mountainous region near Tunisia’s borders with Algeria in recent days has raised alarm that the birthplace of the Arab Spring has become the latest battleground for violent jihadis. Show More Summary
Paul R. Pillar The island kingdom of Bahrain has stuck out as a kind of sore thumb in the Persian Gulf ever since the Arab Spring got under way. It is the only one of the six monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council that has seen major political unrest during these past two or three years. Show More Summary
Since the arrival of "Arab Spring" in Egypt, that nation has been wracked by rising prices for food and fuel, rising unemployment, declines in tourism, and political turmoil. The Egyptian people have been due for some good news for a...Show More Summary
Last month's closure of the Egypt Independent, a weekly newspaper and website, was a setback for progressive journalism in the region, but it has dealt a blow to coverage of environmental issues in a country still wrestling with major development questions in the wake of its revolution. Launched in 2009 as an English-language edition of the privately owned Arabic daily...
Your humble blogger has been traveling a lot, so it was only this AM that I got around to reading Marc Lynch's blog post on "How Syria Ruined the Arab Spring." It's pretty gripping stuff: [T]he Syrian nightmare has destroyed the spirit of fun, hope, and positive change of the early Arab uprisings. Show More Summary
Exercises in Deduction A few months ago, when a clip aired revealing that current Arab Spring president of Egypt Morsi had, before he was elected, maintained that the Jewish people are “apes and swine”, it became apparent to any rational...Show More Summary
Conservatives, as I’ve argued, need to do some hard thinking about national security. The answer to war weariness is not to tell citizens to stop being war weary. The Arab Spring should rightly chasten us; the downfall of creaky authoritarian … Continue reading ?
Egypt and its recent troubles have been a Sword of Damocles hanging over Apache since the Arab Spring erupted in December 2010. Since then, Egypt has been in a constant state of flux that has led to new leadership and economic struggles. Show More Summary
It's harvest time in Egypt but the secular opposition is reaping scant benefit from the Muslim Brotherhood's difficulties in government, two years after an Arab Spring uprising swept away President Hosni Mubarak.Many Egyptians are looking...Show More Summary
My column this week, "How Syria Ruined the Arab Spring", tries to step back from the intervention debate to look at the broader ways in which that country's escalating horrors have altered the trajectory of political contestation across the entire region. Show More Summary
The Arab Spring uprisings have pushed back reforms of gender discriminatory laws in the region. It would be ironic if the course of women's rights in one of the most repressive Muslim countries flowed against this trend.
On April 30, the Hezbollah chief made one of his most anticipated addresses since the start of the Arab Spring -- making it clear that despite the risks, his fighters will never abandon their support for the Assad regime.
Something struck me while the Arab Spring was spreading throughout the Middle East in 2011. The main reason so much of the British media and public was enthusiastic about these revolutions was the hope they would result in the spread of democracy to other countries.
For the past two years, sweeping political changes in parts of the Middle East have had a profound impact on socio-cultural and legal traditions. Arab women have been at the forefront of this change, exercising their rights as political citizens and raising their voices against injustices within their own countries and in support of others [...]
In the Orthodox Church, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is set aside to remember the raising of Lazarus from the tomb. Orthodox Christians around the world have joined in prayer that the two bishops kidnapped will be released from their tomb as well. There has been enough weeping.
Afghanistan never rose in the first place, and is again increasing its heroin production. We've never gotten a grip on the Arab Spring. Who knows where Egypt and Yemen are headed?