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The Muslim Brotherhood's success in Egypt's elections has added to western fears of an Islamist future for the Middle East...
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Smooth elections, a coalition between moderate Islamists and secularists, and an explosion of civic life are propelling Tunisia forward as a model for the Arab Spring.
Clinton: “These revolutions are not ours - they are not by us, for us, or against us, but we do have a role,” Clinton said in remarks to the National Democratic Institute, a democracy support organization based in Washington. “Fundamentally, there is a right side of history. We want to be on it. And without exception, we want our partners in the region to reform so that they are on it as well.”
Egyptian revolutions throughout history have been a source of inspiration to Arabs everywhere, and all have benefited from their positive examples, said Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa on Monday.
Talk is cheap, Khalifa! If you BELIEVE in the inspiration of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, why don't you step aside and grant Bahrain its freedom? Why do you still call yourself 'KING' over your 'SUBJECTS?' Why not ACT on this Arab inspiration and abdicate your position and allow a Constitutional Democracy to take root in Bahrain?
Khalifa = Hypocrite, Liar, Murderer
Down, Down Hamad !
As he handed his request for statehood to the UN last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talked about a ‘Palestinian Spring.’ VOA spoke to Palestinian activists in the West Bank and Gaza about what this means to them.
If U.S. MENA policy is to successfully adjust to the new conditions of the Arab Spring, the citizens of the United States must get directly involved in MENA policy, helping the administration counterbalance the anti-democratic forces represented by the Saudis, big oil, AIPAC, and so forth. The alternative to genuinely supporting democracy in the Middle East and North Africa is failure in the region. But the necessary paradigm shift requires the democratization of American MENA policy through involvement from civil society; it cannot, and will not, come from above.
Roughly, here are the per capita numbers for deaths only in the Arab uprisings - note the Libya figure is likely much higher. What do these figures mean? -- The last three states with the low...
The revolutions of hope could give way to a cascade of sectarian conflicts.
So far this year, Shiite-Sunni tensions have been evident in countries from Bahrain to Syria. But put together, they could force the United States to rethink its response to the Arab Spring itself.
Sectarianism is an old wound in the Middle East. But the recent popular urge for democracy, national unity and dignity has opened it and made it feel fresh. This is because many of the Arab governments that now face the wrath of protesters are guilty of both suppressing individual rights and concentrating power in the hands of minorities.
Barack Obama has not faced the continuing revolutions in the Arab world with any passion. Rather, the US president has often behaved as if these were annoying intrusions into his domestic agenda. Yet change has come, and whether Mr Obama likes it or not this will alter Middle Eastern attitudes toward the United States.
Mr Obama has been lucky - not a bad thing for a politician. The president has avoided taking the lead amid regional convulsions, failing to exploit openings to Washington's advantage. He has not even outlined a strategy defining American interests and aims, beyond the generalities in his speech at the State Department last May. And yet the US administration has almost everywhere managed to fall on its two feet, with limited negative consequences. Those who predicted that the Arab Spring would be a disaster for the US have so far been proven wrong.
The Berbers join the Arab revolt:
IN MOROCCO their language has been made official. In Algeria they lead protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime. In Tunisia they are rediscovering a long-suppressed identity.
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The BICI report has accused Bahraini security forces of wrongdoing, but is the issue of the report enough justify the regime? Will the international community buy it? And will the opposition take it seriously even if some of the report's recommendations are implemented? Is Iran to blame for the unrest of the Bahraini people? Or is it another Arab Spring against corruption and injustice? CrossTalking with Mitchell Belfer, Kate Hudson and Peter Eyre....
I voted 'YES' , what do you think?!
Current information about changing conditions in the Middle East collated for the students of Humanities at LCHS...
Gaddafi speech attacking Arab leaders during Arab summit in Syria, stressing that Saddam Hussein's fate awaits all Arab leaders
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Group of Eight foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to quickly supply economic and political aid to five Arab governments in return for commitments they would pursue democratic reforms.The...
SYRIA Ahmed Bilal, a producer with Falesteen TV who is known to be a supporter of democratic change, was arrested yesterday in the Damascus suburb of Mo'adamieh.
The relative success of isolating the Bahraini movement by fomenting sectarian fears is regretfully a sign that the Arab Spring has not succeeded in doing away with sectarian prejudices that are not only impeding effective solidarity, but threaten to tear up some Arab uprisings.
Part of the problem is that the Arab uprisings have not yet radically changed the official Arab order that consists of governments that have fed sectarian divisions to ensure their longevity. The fact that Bahrain's population is 70 per cent Shia but is ruled by an authoritarian Sunni royal family have made it possible for governments to claim an Iranian scheme to undermine the stability of the Gulf and consequently the Arab world.
Quantitative Easing, Dollar devaluation, global climatic change, and rising staples prices.......mixture for World Revolution!
"People assumed that somehow the Middle East was different and that was based on assumptions that somehow Islam is different, 'It's not like us.' And that was an assumption that underpinned the war on terror, too. And I think what's so wonderful about the Arab Spring is that it's disproving that assumption. It's showing that Arabs are just a democratic as everyone else," noted Kaldor.
Just as the Arab Spring was building momentum, protests also erupted in parts of Europe.
In Athens, thousands of people demonstrated against the Greek government's package of spending cuts and privatizations - taking over Syntagma Square outside parliament.
"It's all about, I think, a failure of representation, a feeling that the political class is one class, 'We can't influence them, it's outrageous that they're suddenly saying that we have to pay for what the banks did.' And I think that there's a similar feeling of outrage in the Arab world," added Kaldor. "So I think there are very many similarities between what's happening in Europe and what's happening in the Arab world."
In London, British protesters railed against their government's austerity measures.
Throughout 2011, the United States has been criticized in the region this year for what is perceived as a tepid and contradictory policy toward the various Arab uprisings. This would have been an inconvenient, and perhaps embarrassing, moment to renew military relations with a regime that drew worldwide criticism in March for the repressive tactics it used to quell a domestic uprising — a test of the Obama administration’s struggle to balance security concerns with human rights and the promotion of democracy.
اسلام تايمز يسعى لنشر مفاهيم الاسلام بكل ابعاده معتمدا ً على ذوي الاختصاصات ليعكس قضايا الامة الاسلامية ويفتح صفحة للحوار معكم , وفي الموقع تجد : الاخبار و التحليلات السياسية و الفکر الاسلامي و التقاریر الاخباریة و المصورة و المقابلات.
The month of fasting from food and water from sunrise to sunset, could result in a decline in political and social tensions in countries where the fight against regimes is still alive.