The Changing Middle East: A New Look at Regional Dynamics” by Bahgat Korany is a response to the widely held opinion that very little is changing for the better in the Middle East. The Lebanese quagmire has spread to Iraq, Sudan and Somalia, and the Palestinian question still seems far away from a solution. However, this vision of the Middle East is only partially true; underneath the surface, a cauldron is boiling with discontent, disillusions and rage.
Press freedom group condemns violence against journalists covering unrest in Egypt. CAIRO -- An international press freedom group on Wednesday condemned violence against journalists covering anti-government protests in Egypt and called on authorities to release at least seven journalists who it said have been detained.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today urged the Egyptian government to allow peaceful protests to continue and not to block social media sites like Twitter Inc. and Facebook used by anti-government demonstrators.
Did the Wikileaked State Department cables that described Tunisia's deposed leader Zine el-Abedin Ben Ali as the head of a corrupt police state play any role in encouraging the democratic uprising against him -- and thus spark the wave of protests now spreading across Egypt?
Egyptian anti-government activists pelted police with firebombs and rocks in a second day of clashes Wednesday in defiance of an official ban on any protests. Beefed up police forces on the streets quickly moved in and used tear gas, beatings and live ammunition fired in the air to disperse any demonstrations.
Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, traveled to Tunisia and then made this pronouncement to Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy: What happened in Tunisia strikes me as uniquely Tunisian. That the events that took place...
The 'regime' looks secure for now, but can President Hosni Mubarak -- or his son -- hold on? The second day of unprecedented public protests in Egypt today revealed a regime determined to prevent a snowballing of popular protest like the uprising that swept Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power earlier this month.
While it would be dangerous to assume that after Tunisia, democracy in the Arab world is just around the corner, the belief that nothing will change is equally illusory. For better or worse, history is on the move in the Arab world – and there is very little the West can do about it. Indeed, the wall of fear has crumbled, the people have spoken, and an “Arab spring” could be at hand. The message from Tunisia, at least so far, is clear: corrupt and authoritarian regimes, beware: unless you reform deeply and quickly, your days are numbered. The greatest danger is that the Jasmine Revolution could go the way of Romania’s anti-communist uprising of 20 years ago, with the old regime’s underlings expelling their bosses in order to stay in power.
'Not much' probably sums it up best. President Obama ignored unfolding events in Egypt in his State of the Union speech last night (while praising the popular uprising in Tunisia that has created the chance of democratic reform there). Response from the rest of the US government has been muted.
The Tunisia uprising exposed the faulty assumption of US policy in the Middle East – that stability can be bought at the cost of freedom. Even as the domestic political climate pulls Obama away from foreign involvement, US support for democracy in the Arab world is more important than ever.
Tunisia’s popular uprising is reverberating across the Arab world. But such movements face problems that go far wider than dictatorship to encompass the whole range of human security, says Vicken Cheterian.