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

yesterdayNews : 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

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

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

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

Why women’s equality remains distant in the Arab world

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The active role played by women in the Arab Spring of 2010-2011 was seen inside and outside the region as an example showing that a different kind of gender politics was possible, ushering in greater empowerment...

Why Women's Equality Has Made Little Progress Since the Arab Spring

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Patriarchal attitudes persist not because Islam is incompatible with gender equality, but because progressive forces have been undermined by various regimes.

Young French Arabs: Identity, Equality, Fraternity

Young Parisians of Arab descent reflect on cultural identity, activism, the Arab Spring and the Palestinian cause.

Learning Egyptian Arabic From The Tahrir Square Revolution

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Peter Hessler recounts how the language classes he and his wife took in Cairo in 2011 and '12 changed, in terms of vocabulary and outlook, because of the Arab Spring.

No democracy without women's rights

(University of Gothenburg) Why did the Arab spring fail? Despite a number of revolutions in the Arab world, in the end only Tunisia emerged as a functioning democracy. Results from an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Gothenburg indicate that the problem might be traced partially to the lack of women's civil rights in the region.

Column: Why removing Syria’s Assad from power is so complicated

As costly as inaction has been in the six years since the Arab Spring uprisings first took hold in Syria, recent history suggests that removing Syrian President Bashar Assad in a hurry would be an even bigger mistake. Continue reading ? The post Column: Why removing Syria’s Assad from power is so complicated appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Bashar al-Assad: after Idlib is the president's luck running out?

Defying defeat in Lebanon, a mooted arms deal and the Arab spring, Assad has seemed the Middle East’s great survivor. But what next as the world looks on? Bashar al-Assad has become known as the Middle East’s great survivor since taking power in 2000. Show More Summary

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