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Archives by Tag 'Arab Spring'
Reflections for the US Occupy Movement
PETER GELDERLOOS
Barcelona. Before the Spanish call-out for a global day of action on October 15, a few critical notes and words of encouragement from the Barcelona neighborhood assemblies… After the courageous revolts of the Arab Spring, the next phe...
Has the Arab Spring Bloomed in Saudi Arabia?
HADI ABDUL NOUR
“[Saudi] authorities depend on bullets and killing and imprisonment. We must depend on the roar of the word, on the words of justice.” – Fugitive cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr of Awamiyya, speaking on Saudi security services use of live fire against ...
American Spring or American Fall?
JOSÉ M. TIRADO
It’s becoming a delicate dance, what to call the growing Occupy Wall St. movement? It’s obviously not just about Wall St. anymore. Journalists keep gently reminding us that there are those who believe it is the equivalent of the “Arab Spring”, although I have yet ...
Fed Up and Taking to the Streets, But What are the Demands?
ESAM AL-AMIN
People across the globe are angry. Fed up with their corrupt and inept governments, people have taken to the streets. The furious protesters have come from all walks of life: students, workers and farmers, men and women, young and old, urban and rural, the working poor an...
Tunisia: Democracy Year One
SERGE HALIMI
The dictator has gone, so is the Tunisian revolution over? There are more than a hundred, mostly unknown, parties seeking a place in the Constituent Assembly, and anything is possible. The assembly to be elected on October 23 will have impeccable democratic credentials: ...
A Lost Decade
JAMES ZOGBY
“To govern is to choose, and the choices made [by the Bush administration] in 2002 were fateful. The United States began that year shocked and wounded, but with tremendous strategic advantages. Its population was more closely united… World opinion ...
Egypt’s Awakening, Israel’s Denial
AMIRA HOWEIDY
Israel which lost its “strategic asset” -as some of its leaders accurately described ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak- has been watching the Egyptian revolution since its onset with a mix of apprehension and concern, but its been watching closely nonetheless. Yet for som...
Turkey Rising
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, arrived in Egypt yesterday at the start of a three-nation tour as Turkey toughens its stance towards Israel and seeks to become the predominant power among Muslim states in the Middle East and North Africa. After Egypt, E...
Tunisian and Egyptian Women Talk About Their Revolutions
CARL FINAMORE
Several women union leaders fresh from the frontlines in Tunisia and Egypt visited California at the invitation of the Sacramento Labor Council, AFL-CIO. They first appeared at the August 16 Women of Labor conference attended by 200 women union leaders throughout the stat...
US / Arab Disconnect
RAMZY BAROUD
As the Arab Spring continues to challenge dictators, demolish old structures and ponder roadmaps for a better future, the US remains committed to its failed policies, misconceptions and selfish interests. Arabs may disagree on many things, but few disagree on the f...
Riots, Revolutions and Big Societies
CAROLINE ROONEY
The current London riots serve to raise the question of whether David Cameron’s policy of the Big Society has failed. One of the difficulties in addressing this question is the lack of clarity as to what the Big Society has actually entailed.  A brief glance at the dif...
Competing Storylines in Syria
RAMZY BAROUD
There is no linear narrative capable of explaining the multifarious happenings that have gripped Syrian society in recent months. On March 23, as many as 20 peaceful protesters were killed at the hands of the Syrian regime’s security forces, and many more were wound...
Mubarak on Trial
BINOY KAMPMARK
hether the trial of a once powerful leader in the Arab world signifies a good yield for the spring of revolution remains to be seen. But the appearance of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak in the dock during Egyptian TV’s Ramadan special, lying on a stretcher in prison fatigues w...
SPINning the Syrian Protests
STEVE BREYMAN
The Washington Post wonders how those protests in Syria keep going (e.g., Liz Sly, “Syrian Revolt Still Spontaneous and Leaderless,” July 28). Journalistic convention requires that demonstrations have leaders, spokespeople, identifiable representatives. Withou...
The Arab Awakening and the Western Media
RAMZY BAROUD
When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrat...
The Sorrows of Afghanistan and Pakistan
VIJAY PRASHAD
Cleverly, the Washington establishment seeks to reorder events so that it can take credit for things it did not do and pass on the blame for things it did do. President Barack Obama not only wants to share the Arab Spring’s glory but, with the Group o...
The G8 and the Arab World
DAVID TRESILIAN
Paris. Meeting in the French resort town of Deauville, the leaders of the G8 group of the world’s leading industrialised nations announced a package of measures, part of a so- called “Deauville Partnership”, designed ...
Arab Spring … Is It Fall Already?
STEPHANIE WESTBROOK
This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organiz...
Terrorisms, Wars and the New Teletubbies
TED HONDERICH
Prof. Honderich took part in a panel discussion on terrorism and war at the 2011 thinking-persons festival in Hay-on-Wye, that second festival, the one for philosophy and music. Called How The Light Gets In, it is the invention of Hilary Lawson and a further contribution ...
A Democratic Middle East is Intolerable for Saudi Arabia
KOUROSH ZIABARI
Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT His most recent book, ...