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Arab Revolutions

The West Needs a Large Dose of Humility

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What we have today is a West that is retreating militarily and shrinking economically, yet one that still speaks as the lord and master in command of the fates of nations and continents.

Five Years After The Revolution: Awaiting The Messiah of Tunisia

Farhat Othman | Posted 01.18.2017 | Home
Farhat Othman

As it celebrates the fifth anniversary of January 14, Tunisia is asking itself, not who will come to its rescue, but when its destiny will be fulfilled, for the sake of peace in the Mediterranean and the world.

Convene Iranian-Arab Summit Now

Marwan Bishara | Posted 06.09.2015 | Home
Marwan Bishara

If the Iranian-Arab escalation continues unabated, more countries are bound to live Syria's nightmare of incalculable suffering, death and destruction.

The Third Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Towards a Counter Counter-Revolution

Marwan Bishara | Posted 02.18.2014 | Home
Marwan Bishara

The antagonism and deadlock between the military and their opposition, notably the Islamists, will eventually lead to the emergence of new, decentralized and violent groups as witnessed in Syria. It's the ultimate sign of a "failed state."

A Tale of Muslim Women Sparking Political Change

Aya Saed | Posted 04.07.2013 | Home
Aya Saed

The female Sudanese activist, like her counterparts in Bahrain, Tunis and Egypt, does not shy away from defying patriarchy in the face of political discrimination.

Why Women Must Be at the Heart of Phase II of the Arab Spring

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 01.30.2013 | Home
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Women understand the plight of the underprivileged people -- yet, they are often excluded from participating in key decisions-making roles. The revolutions in the Middle East offer a chance to change this equation. The traditional approach -- tokenism -- is a demonstrated failure.

The Fragrance of Revolutions: From Carnation to Jasmine

Eunice Roque | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Eunice Roque

Even in a predominantly religious and conservative Arab world, the under-30, the most populous generation of Arabs, is determined to sustain a strong trend toward more civilian participation and representative government. It's a genie-out-of-the-bottle predicament.

Please Reconsider the Term "Arab Spring"

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home
Maytha Alhassen

The irony of the Western invention of the "Arab Spring" is that regardless of citizenry remonstrations for "self-determination," we still continue to see the Arab region in our eyes and not through theirs.

Tahrir Square: Whose Revolution?

Eunice Roque | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Eunice Roque

Anyone rooting for Egyptians and the progress of their revolution was up against a nerve-racking week of news and analysis surrounding the one-year anniversary of the first coordinated protests at Tahrir Square.

Revolutions Take Time: Reading Reactions to Re-ignited Egyptian Protests

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 01.29.2012 | Home
Maytha Alhassen

On November 21, Donald Trump's tweet "Egypt is turning into a hot bed of radical Islam. The current protest is another coup attempt. We should never h...

Will the Arab Spring Yield to an Icy Winter?

Amir Madani | Posted 12.19.2011 | Home
Amir Madani

In Arab countries, some tyrants are gone but the structures of power remain intact. We are seeing the traditional powers again in the news, posing severe threats to progress and nascent people-power.

Hurrah for Saudi Women and Their King!

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home
Terry Kelhawk

American women take for granted, and sometimes even bemoan, the soccer-mom type need for driving themselves and others around on errands. Yet for years, my Saudi friends in America have held out this commonplace activity as a hope.

The 'Glocalized' Roots Of Religious Politics: Extremism From Below, Not Abroad

Monica Duffy Toft | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Monica Duffy Toft

What the Arab uprisings revealed is that today's people desire less a unified ideology around a single leader or leadership that touts triumphalism over some form of evil and more a system of sound governance.

France: Gaddafi Can Remain In Libya If He Steps Down

Posted 09.19.2011 | Home

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that a possible way out of Libya's civil war would be to allow Muammar Gaddafi to stay in...

New Media an Opportunity, Not a Threat, in Middle East

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.07.2011 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

The revolutions happened way before Twitter was invented, but the difference now is that things happen much quicker.

Islam And The Arab Revolutions

Yusra Tekbali | Posted 08.31.2011 | Religion
Yusra Tekbali

Islam will not find a balance in Arab society, or with the modern democratic world, until Muslims take responsibility of their own lives. This is what the uprisings are about.

Let us not allow 'a Gay Girl in Damascus' to discredit all blogging

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.20.2011 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

It was clearly the moment traditionalists and new-media sceptics were eagerly anticipating; for as soon as it emerged that the blog known as 'A Gay Gi...

Religious Authority, Islam And Revolution

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
H.A. Hellyer

The Arab Spring has given new hope, new possibilities and new potentials to the people of the region. They expected their moral leaders to stand by them and be clear that Islam demands such things.

Iran Vows To Unplug The Internet

Wall Street Journal | CHRISTOPHER RHOADS and FARNAZ FASSIHI | Posted 07.28.2011 | Home

Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace f...

Judith McHale's Departure from the State Department

Philip Seib | Posted 07.26.2011 | Home
Philip Seib

Much work remains to be done, particularly given the changes in the world that have occurred this year. In the Arab states where democracy is taking root, public diplomacy can reinforce not just U.S. relations but also aid the state-building process

Obama Tries Again in the Arab World

Philip Seib | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Philip Seib

President Obama has a steep hill to climb as he tries to "reset" the U.S.-Arab relationship but he has a chance to achieve a significant breakthrough in American relations with the Arab world.

How The Arab Spring Remade Obama's Foreign Policy | Ryan Lizza | Posted 06.25.2011 | Home

Barack Obama came to Washington just six years ago, having spent his professional life as a part-time lawyer, part-time law professor, and part-time s...

Syria Protests Said To Be Largest And Bloodiest To Date

New York Times | LIAM STACK and KATHERINE ZOEPF | Posted 06.09.2011 | Home

Dozens of communities across Syria erupted in protest on Friday in what activists said were by far the largest and bloodiest demonstrations against th...

Turkey and France: Duel in the Middle East

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 06.07.2011 | Home
Elcin Poyrazlar

Turkey sees French president Nicolas Sarkozy as hostile to its interests. More importantly the two governments have been arm-wrestling over Libya and the Arab spring.

Climate Revolutions

Tommy Stadlen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tommy Stadlen

When tomorrow's historians assess the origins of the Arab Spring Revolution, a number of plausible causes will present themselves. But central among them will be the role climate change has played in increased food prices.