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How Tunisia's Crooked Cops Are Undermining the Revolution

Something went wrong when Mohammed and his fellow cops raided a terrorist hideout near Tunisia’s border with Algeria last September. It’s not that there was a dangerous firefight, or booby-traps, or that their targets escaped. 1,154 more words

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‘I was terribly wrong’ - writers look back at the Arab spring five years on

Five years ago the Guardian asked me to evaluate the effects of the Tunisian uprising on the rest of the Arab world, and specifically Syria. I recognised the country was “by no means exempt from the pan-Arab crisis of unemployment, low wages and the stifling of civil society”, but nevertheless argued that “in the short to medium term, it seems highly unlikely that the Syrian regime will face a Tunisia-style challenge”. 171 more words

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Journals From a Revolution [Entry No. 4]

It is in poor conscience that I entitle this an entry “from” a revolution, as I’m no longer in, associated with, or even near it. This qualifies as an entry more “of” a revolution, I’d say — or more accurately, one of its demise. 1,232 more words

A plan must be made for ‘life after Isis’ in the Middle East

There are times in the Middle East when nightmares and delusions take the place of the real and growing tragedy which is consuming the Arab lands. 83 more words

Middle East

Syrian Crisis-Extended Arab Spring

Syrian Civil War, till date,has been the worst humanitarian struggle on Mother Earth.It all started some four and a half years back with some anti-government protests,which quickly escalated into a bloody civil war within years.Already,more than 2.5 lac Syrians have lost their precious lives and yet another 1.7 million odd people have taken refuge in neighbouring Middle East countries like Lebanon,Jordan,Iraq,Egypt & Turkey. 454 more words

Programming Chaos: The Arab Spring (book review)

Telling the story through the eyes of the CIA security contractors who fought to protect their fellow countrymen that day, Bay convincingly shows the seeming purposelessness of US Middle East policy. 1,353 more words

World At War

Yemeni activist Ala’a Jarban keeps up the fight for human rights

Yemeni university student Ala’a Jarban had been abroad for almost a year on a United Nations fellowship when the Arab Spring began in Tunisia in late 2010 and he decided to return home. 649 more words