Tag: Arab Spring

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  • Endgame in Syria

    Endgame in Syria

    The war in Syria is one of the biggest and most important wars of the 21st century, resulting in untold death and destruction. It also marks an inflexion point in contemporary geopolitics. The two most powerful countries in the world ~ the US and Russia ~ fought a semi-proxy war, prompting one expert to call it ‘World War III,‘ on a limited scale.

    May 20, 2019
  • Where things fall apart…

    Where things fall apart…

    The cauldron of a civil war is bristling with Haftar’s self-proclaimed “Libyan National Army” articulating the threat ~ to which has now been added the caveat, “The time has come”, couched in the assurance that civilians and “state institutions” would be spared. So far, so merciful.

    April 9, 2019
  • A real change?

    A real change?

    Though Algeria was not convulsed by the Arab Spring as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria were in 2011, memories of the shortlived democratic revival of the 1980s must still rankle.

    April 5, 2019
  • Represser re-elected

    Represser re-elected

    The TINA (There Is No Alternative) factor in electoral politics isn’t uniquely Indian, after all. Seven years after the Arab Spring, the spring of 2018 has verily reinforced the legacy of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. It is the way history has worked in the Arab world generally ever since the starry-eyed upheavals of 2011. The …

    April 3, 2018
  • War within Yemen

    War within Yemen

    The ferment in Yemen, that has been festering for close to four years, has deepened rather acutely with the siege of the presidential palace in Aden ~ the seat of the country’s internationally recognised government ~ by the pro-secession Southern Transitional Council (STC). It is a measure of the renewed crisis that the Prime Minister …

    February 6, 2018
  • A planet too hot to live on

    A planet too hot to live on

    What has happened in Charlottesville showed that temperatures and tempers are flaring in this long hot summer. Is the Arab Spring spreading worldwide due to climate warming? The Arab Spring broke out in 2011 with a wave of demonstrations and protests in Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Syria and Morocco. This was hailed as the outbreak of …

    August 20, 2017
  • Mubarak a free man

    Mubarak a free man

    The clock has been turned back. Six years after the Arab Spring, Egypt's repressive dictator, who was toppled in 2011 after 30 years in power, is today a free man. Former President Hosni Mubarak has been released, and his repression has thus been relegated to the footnotes of history. One could argue that the Arab …

    April 1, 2017
  • Mubarak a free man

    Mubarak a free man

    The clock has been turned back. Six years after the Arab Spring, Egypt's repressive dictator, who was toppled in 2011 after 30 years in power, is today a free man. Former President Hosni Mubarak has been released, and his repression has thus been relegated to the footnotes of history. One could argue that the Arab …

    April 1, 2017