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Sep 16, 2011 / 1 note
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Aug 18, 2011

How Arab youth found its voice

by Ibrahim Mothana

How the Arab youth found its voice

When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia in January, he did not only ignite a series of unpredicted revolts but also heralded the first appearance of Arab youth on the stage of modern history.

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Aug 11, 2011 / 1 note

A Revolutionary Ramadan

by Foreign Policy

A great slideshow summarizing where the uprisings in the Arab world stand today.

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Jul 17, 2011 / 2 notes

Revolution spinning in the wind

by The Economist

What is happening in Egypt and Tunisia, which have toppled their leaders, and in Libya and Syria, fighting to topple theirs

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Jul 14, 2011 / 1 note

The price of protest, so far

by The Economist

Libya aside, five countries have suffered heavily in the push for democracy

SINCE the Arab uprisings began in Tunisia last December, details of each one—plus the related government crackdown—have been widely reported by the world’s media and the protesters themselves. But it is tricky to make accurate calculations of the number of lives lost. The death toll in Libya has proved particularly difficult to determine. Groups such as Amnesty International that gather casualty figures have been unable to operate in some parts of the country and both the rebel forces and Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s government tend to inflate the numbers killed to bolster their causes. Beyond Libya, though, humanitarian groups are still able to record reported deaths. Our table lists the number of lives lost in the five countries that have seen the worst violence since the protests began. Yet since official figures only reflect recorded deaths, the true numbers are likely to be a lot higher.

Apr 14, 2011 / 265 notes
Apr 13, 2011

Pray. Hope. Prepare.

by Thomas Friedman

Where does the Arab World go from here?

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a really accurate analysis and overview of what has taken place in the middle east so far, and what could occur in the future. friedman balances historical perception with the current uprisings to determine what will come out of the protests in the arab world. -marc

Apr 12, 2011 / 6 notes

Egypt’s Mubarak has “heart crisis” in questioning

by Tom Pfeiffer and Sarah Mikhail

(Reuters) - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was in hospital on Tuesday after falling ill while being questioned as part of an investigation into the killing of protesters and corruption.

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either these dictators are really suffering, or something fishy’s going on. -marc

Apr 11, 2011

Middle East Revolutions Off The Rails

by Christopher Dickey

Article - Dickey Mideast Revolutions

As Mideast revolts hit the skids, the West is naive to believe that, with a few power plays and diplomatic pleas, everything will calm down, argues Christopher Dickey. The Arab Spring won’t end this year—or even this decade.

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Mar 5, 2011 / 330 notes
domino effect?
Feb 22, 2011

domino effect?

Feb 20, 2011

Next Question for Tunisia: the Role of Islam in Politics

by Thomas Fuller

When security forces rushed to protect brothels last week it marked a new phase of the revolution as Tunisians fiercely debate the role of Islam in politics.

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this question should be on the minds of those in egypt, libya, bahrain, and other nations seeing protests to determine what will come next. i am still hoping for the best in tunisia and the rest of the middle east. islam can definitely play a role in the process, and this religion of peace must not be distorted during the transition to create true democracies in the middle east which represent all people. -marc