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Archives by Tag 'Arab Spring'
Syria: When Cannibals Preach Vegetarianism
AHMAD BARQAWI
I remember during the “Libyan Revolution”; the tally of casualties resulting from Gaddafi’s crack down on protesters was being reported by the mainstream media with such a “dramatic” fervor that it hardly left the public with a moment to at least second-guess th...
US and Egypt: a Relationship on the Rocks
JAMES ZOGBY
The US-Egypt relationship is on the rocks. If it is to be salvaged, both sides will need to change course and pay attention to the concerns of their respective publics, both of whom now hold negative views of each other. In the year that has passed since massive an...
American Decline in Perspective
NOAM CHOMSKY
In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” continued to mount elsewhere.  In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western domination, another serious loss. The region h...
Live From the Streets of Cairo
CRIMETHINC
When we heard gunshots coming from the cabinet building, we were certain they were blanks. Despite having seen the military use live rounds earlier that day, we had a naïve sense of security amongst the thousands in the streets. When the screams and p...
Revolutionary Zeal
ABDEL-MONHEIM SAID
When the youth took to the streets on 25 January 2011, a full-fledged revolution was to follow, but no one knew at the time. No one knew that the frustration with the old regime was irreversible. No one knew that the river of discontent had broken its banks. As endless th...
Tunisia and Egypt One Year On
ESAM AL-AMIN
January 25 marked the one-year anniversary of the inception of Egypt’s revolution against the dictatorship of the Mubarak regime, eleven days after the success of the Tunisian revolution, when its former president Ben Ali fled the country. Within weeks of the brisk succ...
Chronicle of a Revolution-in-Progress
AMIRA HOWEIDY
1 January : Egypt wakes to news of the attack on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve. Twenty Copts are killed as well as the church’s Muslim police guard. More than 100 are injured. No group claims responsibility. ...
Egypt at the Crossroads
TAMER BAHGAT and KHALID EL-SHERIF
“The Egyptian voices will be heard, and if not heard, it will be only because the blood already shed has not been enough…” With these words, Saad Zaghloul, one of 20th century Egypt’s most celebrated nati...
Back in Egypt’s Tinderbox
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo.  One year ago in February 2011, getting to Egypt wasn’t that easy. Back then, my London flight crew suddenly refused, in midair, to lay over in Cairo. Instead, we touched down in Athens where the airline did not actually even have...
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera?
RAMZY BAROUD
In the final days of the Libyan conflict, as NATO conducted a nonstop bombing campaign, an  Al Jazeera Arabic television correspondent’s actions raised more than eyebrows. They also raised serious questions regarding the journalistic responsibility of Arab media – or...
The Arab Spring Effect
JAMES ZOGBY
Nine months into the “Arab Spring”, we surveyed public opinion in seven Arab countries and Iran, asking over 6,000 respondents about their primary political concerns and their degree of satisfaction with the pace of change taking place in their countries. What...
Raging Against the Machine
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
If it feels to you a bit reminiscent of 1968 these days, that’s because it is. And that’s a good thing. It’s starting to look like 2011 was the year of Basta!, when people finally woke up and found the voice with which to say Enough!  To say that it c...
From Arab Spring to Sunni Spring?
PATRICK COCKBURN
A year ago the popular anger that grew into the Arab Spring was first ignited by an impoverished Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set fire to himself after his cart, his sole means of feeding his family, was confiscated by police. Within days, pi...
Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?
NICK TURSE
As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively.  It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the r...
Did the US Give Green Light for Ben Ali’s Overthrow?
ROB PRINCE
A  friend, relative of a Tunisian family in Colorado, today took me for a ride in the hills above the Mediterranean just 2 kilometers north of La Marsa. On the way, we passed the residency of the French Ambassador  and nearby, one of the trashed out mansions of the Ben ...
Islamic Parties Win 75 Per Cent of Seats in Egyptian Elections
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since the fall of deposed president Hosni Mubarak last Feb. 11, the unity the Egyptian people had displayed during the previous 18 days has been slowly eroding. This fracture began to emerge during the nationwide referendum on March 19. Shortly after assuming ...
Israel’s Grand Hypocrisy
JONATHAN COOK
As protests raged again across the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, offered his assessment of the Arab Spring last week. It was, he said, an “Islamic, anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic wave”, adding that Israel’s Arab ...
A Global Revolt
ROGER BURBACH
Editor’s Note: Occupy Oakland is part of a global movement that is questioning the basic structures of the political and economic system to an extent not seen since 1968. Whether it will succeed in changing these structures is unclear. But it has already...
Menu for Today’s Tricky Planet: Use Your Head
GABRIEL KOLKO
We live in an enigmatic age, far more complex as the years go by and certainly since the disappearance of the Soviet Union in 1991.  With the failure of so many reformers avoidance of  cynicism about all causes is now an overwhelming challenge.  In a sense, it is the r...
Islamists on Probation
RAMZY BAROUD
Following Tunisia’s first fair and free elections on 27 October, the Western media responded with a characteristic sense of fear and alarm. For many, it seemed that the ghost of the Islamic menace was back to haunt Western Values throughout the Arab world. The narra...
The Arab Spring in Pakistan?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Tunisians, Egyptians, Bahrainis and Yemenis are occupying the streets and blogging furiously. Europeans and North Americans have followed suit to create their own Liberty Squares. To varying degrees, all are middle and working class movements that appear to recognize the ...
Understanding Tunisia’s Elections Results
ESAM AL-AMIN
In early 1994 a small Islamic think tank affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) planned an academic forum to host Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the main opposition party in Tunisia, Ennahdha. The objective of this annual event was to give Western academi...
The Long Shadow of Algeria
DAVID PORTER
While Tunisia had its first post-“revolution” election on October 23rd and Egypt will follow on November 28th, an infamous, but relevant, date in Algerian history is also rapidly approaching. January 11th will be the 20th anniversary of the milit...
American Crisis Politics
ERIC WALBERG
American voters now have a clear view of who they can vote for next year, with Barack Obama as the Democrats’ certain candidate and Mitt Romney as the Republicans’. Both candidates offer much the same prescriptions for the multiple crises facing their country ...
The Arab Spring and the Coward’s War on Libya
TED HONDERICH
The thoughts in this essay are those touched on in a public conversation with Tariq Ali in The Gower Street Lecture Series, arranged by Waterstones Bookshops and held in University College London. Tariq’s knowledge of the societies of the Arab Spring is won...