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Fading hope: why the youth of the Arab Spring are still unemployed

The Conversation US | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
The Conversation US

Heath J. Prince, University of Texas at Austin The 2011 Arab Spring was a clear signal to governments and ruling parties that the time had come for r...

I've Never Seen a #Hashtag That Saved the World

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

Social media has certainly been a major vehicle in the dissemination of information promoting social justice and change in social policy. But can a hashtag alone produce permanent change in Egypt?

Five years after the Arab Spring, how does the Middle East use social media?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
The Conversation US

Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon In 2011, the Arab Spring rocked many parts of the Middle East. Regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya saw...

Al Jazeera America To Shut Down By End Of April

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.13.2016 | Media

NEW YORK -- Al Jazeera America will shut down its operations in the United States by the end of April, the company told employees in a meeting on Wedn...

Sometimes the Memory Exercises Itself

Michael Adel | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Michael Adel

We lose control of our minds in front of the cycle of the wheel, and our eyes spin in endless trails, our hearts throb in the hope of winning the round, and in fear of having lost the past for a cursed present and a terrifying future.

What Piketty Gets Wrong About the Third World

Hernando de Soto | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Hernando de Soto

LIMA -- The wars over capital have already begun right under Europe's nose in the Middle East and North Africa. Quite the contrary to what may be true for Europe, Piketty misses the glaring evidence that these wars are not revolts of the poor against capital but of the poor for capital.

Arab Spring or Arab Winter? A Lack of Leadership

Donald Blinken | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Donald Blinken

The United States and its European friends should continue to encourage the political leaders and peoples of the Arab Spring to identify and support leaders of vision and probity, whom they, and we, can rally around.

The Arab Millennials Will Be Back

Juan Cole | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Juan Cole

Two or three decades from now, the twentysomethings of Tahrir Square or the Casbah in Tunis or Martyrs' Square in Tripoli will, like the Havels of the Middle East, come to power as politicians. In the meantime, here are three of their achievements that seem likely to be lasting, whatever the upheaval in the region.

Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Superpowers in the Middle East

Wadah Khanfar | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Wadah Khanfar

The events of the past decades have been a reflection of the interests of the superpowers and the balance of global politics. The past few years have proven that the Middle East's dependence on international powers is no longer fruitful.

Three Years Since Revolution, Tunisia Seeks to Reckon With Difficult Past

David Tolbert | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
David Tolbert

While those in Western countries may wonder what is meant by "transitional justice," in societies emerging from a period of mass abuse -- such as systematic torture, massive disappearances and crimes against humanity -- the question of how to address past abuses is an urgent one, particularly for victims.

Sophia Jones

'There Was Blood On The Streets. We Fought And We Got Nothing.' | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia -- Three years ago, a 26-year-old street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi stood in front of the municipal headquarters in this dusty...

Why comparisons between Tunisia and Egypt aren't helpful

Common Ground News Service | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

by Maria Glenna Tunis - The suspension of Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly on 7 August once again prompted comparisons between Tunisia and Egy...

Revolution 2.0 -- How One Google Exec + Facebook Sparked An Uprising in Egypt

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Allow me please to take you back for a moment to the beginning of 2011. Remember how surprised the world was that, in just 18 days, a leaderless grass-root uprising managed to topple the Mubarak regime that had ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years?

Cairo Protester: 'There's A Huge Backlash Towards America Right Now'

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.05.2012 | World

As more than 100,000 Egyptians marched on the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday over President Mohammed Morsi's recent seizure of nearly unrestr...

Is the United States the Cause of the Arab Spring?

Dr. Khalid Alnowaiser | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Dr. Khalid Alnowaiser

Arabs admit that the United States and its allies are not the real enemy, but instead is our defeatist attitudes.

Queen Rania of Jordan Calls for "Another Revolution in Arab World"

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Neil Parmar

Some of the world's top leaders in government and business convened this week, calling for educational reform in the Middle East and North Africa to help tackle rampant joblessness in the region.

Root Cause of Anti-American Protests: Bad Movie or Bad Policy?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Harut Sassounian

The list of serious missteps by successive U.S. administrations is lengthy enough to fill many volumes.

Fear of Foreigners, and of Being Foreign, and a Woman, in Egypt

Shadi Rahimi | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Shadi Rahimi

A "xenophobic" ad campaign in Egypt caught my eye during this past week of presidential election drama. Last night, however, I was transfixed as I read a British journalist named Natasha Smith's account of being sexually assaulted in Tahrir.

Egypt Is Not Iran

Shadi Rahimi | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Shadi Rahimi

I've heard this sentiment echoed since the first day I arrived in Cairo last May, where I lived for eight months. I was picked up at the airport by an Egyptian student, Refaat, who said upon hearing that I was Iranian-American: "I love Ahmadinejad."

A Generation in Revolt

Ronan Farrow | Posted 07.16.2012 | World
Ronan Farrow

To make good on its promise, this generation will have to continue to stand up and participate -- not just in the moment of protest, but in the building of sustainable institutions for years to come.

Egyptian Protesters Detained at Soccer Match in Qatar

Aaron Ross | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Aaron Ross

Egypt's fractious politics reached the tiny Gulf state of Qatar on Friday night, as a group of protesters was removed from Gharafa Stadium in the capital Doha during the Egyptian national soccer team's match against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Remembering Daniel Pearl: The Challenge of Non-Violence and the Possibilities and Limitations of Forgiveness

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.26.2012 | World
Clarence B. Jones

How do we best honor and commemorate the memory of Daniel Pear and the victims of 9/11? By retaliatory vengeance and violence or forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption.

Why Israel Should Intervene in Syria

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

At some point in the future, Israel must make an effort to become an accepted resident of its own neighborhood, and a Syrian intervention would be the most logical place to start.

Failing Syria: Why the World Must Prepare Now for Assad's Fall and the Aftermath

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 02.09.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

What are the possible scenarios for a post-Assad Syria, in both the short- and long-terms, and how is the global community prepared to deal with them?

Letter From Tunis: Time to Repair a System That Has Become Ridiculous

Jeremy Barnicle | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Jeremy Barnicle

Watching the 2012 campaign unfold from a distance, it is clear to me that the American political system has become ridiculous at a time when we really need it to work.