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Is the Arab Spring Bad for Women?

Is the Arab Spring Bad for Women? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Overthrowing male dominance could be harder than overthrowing a dictator.

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Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight

Arab Spring puts women's rights in the spotlight | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride's hands and feet.

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Tunisia unveils Bouazizi statue

Tunisia unveils Bouazizi statue | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisians unveil a statue in honour of the man whose act of self-immolation a year ago unleashed the Arab Spring.
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Tunisia: The Arab Spring’s first president, almost

Tunisia: The Arab Spring’s first president, almost | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While there is hope that Tunisia’s first democratically elected president marks a fresh start, only time will tell if he can satisfy the expectations of his people.

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No Arab Springtime for democracy

No Arab Springtime for democracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Ousted, survived, killed, ousted, survived, resigned. These are the fates of six Arab strongmen who were first confronted with popular uprisings against their rule last spring. Zine Ben Ali of Tunisia (ousted), Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of Jordan (survived), Moammar Gadhafi of Libya (killed), Hosni Mubarak of Egypt (ousted), Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain (survived) and Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen (resigned). Saleh's recent resignation completed a quartet of Arab Spring casualties.

 

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Outspoken cleric guides Arabs on revolution

The Arab spring is turning into the spring of the Islamists, as religious parties score the biggest gains in elections.
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Revenge of the Sunnis

Revenge of the Sunnis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The last decade has been marked by the rise of the Shiites in the Middle East. Through the bullet and the ballot box, Shiite parties have risen to power from Baghdad to Beirut -- thereby extending Iran's reach into the heart of the Arab world. Sunni rulers have viewed with much anxiety the new "Shiite crescent" that extends from Iran all the way to Lebanon.

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A dangerous transition in the 'greater Middle East'

Revolutions have overthrown post-colonial regimes throughout the Middle East and north Africa, but the region is still in a delicate phase of transition. Rivalry between Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey could destabilize the region further, with dire consequences.

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Why the ‘Arab Spring’ hasn’t reached Sudan

What is it about the nation in Libya and Egypt’s own backyards, which in the face of poorer and worsening conditions, continues to be characterised by a culture of complacency?

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Recent revolutions are neither Arab nor Spring

One can say that they are actually living proof of the identity crisis and reverberating bankruptcy of Arab nationalism.
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Fallout from the Arab Spring has Hamas agreeing to nonviolent protest and seeking PLO membership, which means recognizing Israel

Fallout from the Arab Spring has Hamas agreeing to nonviolent protest and seeking PLO membership,  which means recognizing Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The leaders of the two biggest Palestinian parties met in Cairo on Thanksgiving, and just going by the headlines afterward, you'd have thought nothing had happened. "Palestinians talk unity, no sign of progress," said Reuters.
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Springtime in Sudan

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Omar al-Bashir's many opponents are organizing to end his 22-year rule. But can the Arab Spring reach Khartoum?

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Arab women, after the revolutions

Arab women, after the revolutions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While there is no reason to panic, concern about the rise of Islamists in post-dictatorship Arab societies is warranted, especially as the rights of women are particularly and immediately open to attack.

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Water in the Arab Spring

Water scarcity in the Middle East & North Africa is at the root of the region’s uprisings. In the coming years, it will also be the source of further social unrest across the region.

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Arab Spring: political islam or democracy?

One-year on, the Arab revolutions continue to circle around the issue of whether Islam is compatible with democracy. This article asks the long-feared question: Is the Arab Spring, articulated in the democratic idiom of freedom, liberty and justice, doomed to a takeover by the Islamists?

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Event that sparked the Arab Spring

Event that sparked the Arab Spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rallies have marked the first anniversary of the event that triggered the Arab Spring uprisings.
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Why Islamists Are Better Democrats

Why Islamists Are Better Democrats | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

If the Arab Spring was seeded by a liberal insurrection, the Arab Fall has brought a rich harvest for Political Islam. In election after election, parties that embrace various shades of Islamist ideology have spanked liberal rivals. In Tunisia, the first country to hold elections after toppling a long-standing dictator, the Ennahda party won a plurality in the Oct. 23 vote for an assembly that will write a new constitution.

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Under the Flag of Islamism

Under the Flag of Islamism | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Christian minorities in the Middle East fear new regimes 

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Turkey acts as mentor for emerging Islamists in region

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - As Islamist groups emerge triumphant in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan seems decided to act as their...
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Playing with fire in the Middle East

As relations between Iran and Syria and the west deteriorate further, what are the possible outcomes of this escalation in the diplomatic crisis?

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The Bahrain ‘Spring’: the revolution that wasn’t televised

Bahrain needs to set about the hard work of healing societal cleavages, to build the truly sovereign and democratic country which the majority of its citizens appear so determined to achieve. If their much-touted ‘democracy promotion’ rhetoric is to have any real significance, western governments must help rather than hinder this process.

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America's Second Chance and the Arab Spring

America's Second Chance and the Arab Spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The United States has been screwing up the Middle East for 60 years. Obama has a brief window to get it right.

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Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel

Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring could open the door for Islamists – as seen in Egypt elections – and threaten Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned.
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Why has Morocco’s king survived the Arab Spring?

Why has Morocco’s king survived the Arab Spring? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Morocco's monarchical system has drawn on its religious legitimacy and a discourse of reform as it tries to negotiate its way through the Arab Spring, as Aidan Lewis reports.
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Torture and the Arab system, old and new

The Arab awakening of 2011 raises hope of an end to the torture and other human-rights violations that have long been endemic in Arab states. But it will be a tough legacy to overcome. 

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