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Arab Spring Protests

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.'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Where Is the Burning Man Heading?

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Efraim Chalamish

The new regimes in the Middle East, driven by old and new strong Islamist political parties, face an unprecedented challenge. They need to bring years of economic regression to an end.

You Say You Want A Revolution...

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 01.25.2012 | Home

On Jan. 25, 2011, one year ago today, Egyptian protesters began the 18-day uprising that ended in the ejection of President Hosni Mubarak. The even...

World Report 2012: Strengthen Support for 'Arab Spring'

Human Rights Watch | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch said that firm and consistent international support for peaceful protesters and government critics is the best way to pressure the autocrats in the Middle East and North Africa to end abuses and enhance basic freedoms.

UN Secretary General To Syrian President: 'Stop Killing Your People'

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.16.2012 | World

BEIRUT — The U.N. chief demanded Sunday that Syria's president stop killing his own people and said the "old order" of one-man rule and family d...

The Economics of the Arab Spring

Bassem Awadallah | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Bassem Awadallah

The Middle East is certainly not the only region to have witnessed such demographic changes; other emerging market economies have successfully harnessed their youth bulges for development. Why should then the demographic transition in the Arab world be feared?

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Hedges Its Bets (Which Is Why It's Still on Top)

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

A deft move by the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrates exactly why the organization's party is poised to sweep the country's parliamentary elections, regardless of when they are held.

The Path to a Civil War in Syria

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Yavuz Baydar

The critical question for the outside world will be when and how to intervene in Syria, not if. For that, the focus will be whether the episode will develop into a full-scale civil war.

Political Eruptions in the Arab World -- Lessons From Nasser's Day

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

By all accounts we are witnessing a political eruption of major proportions in the Arab Middle East. So many superlatives were already used to describe this situation, and the word "historic" is clearly one of the most used. But is it?