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Syria's Vicious Circle of Violence Must End

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 2:13 PM

Syrian writer and researcher Ali Shihabi explains the disconnect between the mindset of the the Syrian regime and the demands of protesters on the ground which would lead to the inevitable fall of the regime in the writer's opinion. This article was translated by Wessam Muhammed.

The Syrian regime did...

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Arab Countries Must Reform Their Armies for the Revolutions to Count

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 12:35 PM

As part of the Meedan Translation Series on the Arab Spring, Fayez Sara, a Syrian writer and opposition member, argues that the Arab revolutions will only be fully realized when states reform their armies. This article was translated by Anas Qtiesh.

The events of the Arab uprisings brought into the...

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Bashar Al-Assad May Flex His Muscles, But Hama Is No Longer Alone

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 5:49 PM

Paris-based Syrian blogger Samer Saeed reflects on the suffering of the people of Hama and explains why the Syrian army units deployed there are so willing to use force. This article was translated by Anas Qtiesh.

It might be sheer coincidence that made the Syrian Army Day an occasion for...

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"Syria's Rulers Cannot Hold Back the Arab Spring"

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 9:12 AM

As part of the Meedan translation series on the Arab Spring, a journalist from Homs recounts his experience of living through an uprising facing a violent crackdown.  The author's name is not published here to protect his safety. This article was translated by Anas Qtiesh.
Homs was amongst...
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Damascus Revolutionaries Plan Bright Future for Syria

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 10:13 AM

Ali al-Hajj - DAMASCUS: There are places in Damascus where you can find the banners and slogans condemning the brutal violence of the Syrian security forces against peaceful protesters. In those cellars, built during the Ottoman Turkish rule before Syria gained her independence, the young people of the Syrian revolution...

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Bahrain Protesters "Determined as Ever" Despite State Violence

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 9:25 AM

MANAMA, Mohammad E. AlMaskati -- Protests and local political tension are not new to Bahrain. Most of those at Pearl roundabout, Lulu, yesterday were in their early teens during the unrest of the 1990s, when leftists, liberals and Islamists last rose up together in support of democratic reform. Many of...

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Gaddafi Regime in 'State of Panic' as Libyans Take to the Streets for Day of Rage

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 10:37 AM

TRIPOLI, Yousef Mahmoud: The recent events in Libya come at a time as a wave of huge change is sweeping the region. After the Tunisian uprising succeeded in overthrowing president Ben Ali, the Libyan regime was taken by surprise and the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was in a state of...

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Mubarak-Style Government Without Mubarak

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 11:07 AM

Award wining multimedia storyteller and Meedan producer Simba Russeau writes from Cairo

Several days after the historic resignation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an important question still remains. Has the military been part of the political games and failed to really hear the array of voices that have occupied...

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Top Tweets on the Fall of Mubarak

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Meedan gives you a look at Arabic commentary on the dramatic departure of former Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak through the lens of Twitter, the medium of choice of many of the protests' organizers and supporters. Here are some of our favorite tweets, translated:

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Protests and Myths

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 4:17 PM

Meedan team member Ahmed Ragab took the time to write this piece below and then read it aloud over a phone line. We recorded it and sent off a tweet asking for volunteer translators. Dina elHusseiny emailed me a few seconds later and within three hours had generated a wonderful...

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Egypt's Genie Can't Be Put Back in the Bottle

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 4:11 PM

"Like a genie, the people of Egypt have escaped from the bottle, and it is impossible to stuff her back in."

So writes Arab commentator Arib Al-Rantawi in Jordan's government newspaper, Addustour, one day before the country's autocratic ruler, King Abdullah, sacked his government in an attempt to stave off...

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Brotherhood slogan under fire as Egypt takes to the polls

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2010 | 3:29 AM

As Egyptians head to the ballot boxes today to vote in parliamentary elections, and amid reports of a crackdown against leading opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood, Kate Goodin looks at the campaign trail debate in the Arab press, and particularly in Egypt, on the meaning of the controversial...

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Arab press lambasts "Decision Points"

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 9:48 AM

Former US president George Bush's recently published memoirs have provoked a range of responses in the English-speaking world, from hundreds of fans waiting in line at a Dallas book signing to calls by Amnesty International for a criminal investigation.

In the Arabic-speaking world, which has been on the receiving...

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Arab Media: Tea Party Is Anti-Islam

(58) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 6:15 AM

Following Foreign Policy's whistle-stop tour of Pakistani, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese media coverage of the Tea Party, ahead of crucial midterm elections taking place today and tomorrow, Kate Goodin presents a brief insight to how the Tea Party movement is being covered in the Arab media.

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Protests against Censorship at Kuwait Book Fair

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2010 | 10:52 AM

The Kuwait International Book Fair came to a close this week amidst widespread controversy due to the banning of what could be up to 200 books, writes Kate Goodin. A group of Kuwaiti intellectuals staged a sit-in outside the book fair, Saudi author and winner of the 2010...

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Arab Media Debates Israel Jewish State Loyalty Oath

(35) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 6:25 AM

With fragile peace talks still on hold, Arab commentators respond to the latest controversy in Israel, a proposed "loyalty oath," which would require non-Jewish citizenship applicants to declare loyalty to Israel "as a Jewish and democratic state."


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Government critic fired from leading opposition newspaper ahead of Egypt elections

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 2:59 PM

Ibrahim Eissa, a leading critic of the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt, was last night sacked from his post as editor-in-chief of prominent independent newspaper al-Dostor, sparking claims that the government is leading a crackdown on the media ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections.

During his tenure as editor-in-chief, and...

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Arab media reflects on 9/11 anniversary: US is at a crossroads

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 3:18 PM

As a Florida pastor backed down on his plans to burn the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Kate Goodin looks to the Middle East to find out how the Arab world is coming to terms with the attacks that changed the world.

In the Arabic press,...

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Egyptians take to the streets in protest against police brutality

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2010 | 5:02 AM

The death of a young businessman in Alexandria, Egypt, reportedly at the hands of two police officers, has led thousands to the streets in protest against police brutality, writes Tom Trewinnard.

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'Is Nick Clegg the British Obama?' asks Arab press as UK poll swings on change

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 5:57 PM

After two impressive performances in televised debates between leaders of the three major political parties in the run up to the UK's May 6 general election, some in the Arab media are comparing the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to charismatic US president Barack Obama, writes Tom Trewinnard.


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