Arab Spring

Yemen: An Outsider’s Perspective

Yemen: An Outsider’s Perspective

By Omar Mashjari, British-Yemeni Writer and Law Student at the University of Law
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

With such emphasis on terrorism, it is understandable as to why “Yemen: the national security threat” is the most regurgitated perspective of Yemen. If you were to ask a stranger on the street, “what do you think of Yemen?” assuming that the respondent did not mistake your question for “what do you think of ‘Ye-man’ – a Jamaican accent on ‘yes man,’” the response would likely refer to either one of three issues: terrorism, poverty […]

February 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Arab Spring, Politics, Yemen
Tunisia 2014: Redeem the Past, Rethink the Future

Tunisia 2014: Redeem the Past, Rethink the Future

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

Tunisia’s Islamist government, contrary to expectations, did not fall apart in 2013. 2013 may not have been a happy year for Tunisia: carnage followed by frustration dominated the scene, after two opposition leaders were assassinated, and with an explosion of terrorism targeting security and army troops. Contrary to expectations, the Islamist government and its allies did not fall apart in 2013. Although the protests that erupted after Brahmi’s assassination were tenacious, they were not massive enough to […]

Saudi Arabia Without America?

Saudi Arabia Without America?

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

While Saudi streets are not filled with demonstrators calling for the overthrow of their absolute monarchy at this point, something else is emerging that could expedite the downfall of the House of Saud. The United States has begun looking after its interests in Arab and Muslim countries without relying on Saudi middlemen. The Saudi royals have spent decades manipulating American decision-makers, media, businesses, and educators into believing that the authoritarian monarchs are the best defenders of […]

Sudanese Protesting Fuel Hikes, Corruption

Sudanese Protesting Fuel Hikes, Corruption

By Moez Ali, Sudanese Analyst
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

When Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir removed fuel subsidies, protests erupted in several cities including Khartoum. After the removal of the subsidies the price of petrol shot up from 12 to 21 Sudanese Pounds per gallon. The Sudanese population took to the streets in protest in Khartoum, Medani, El Obeid and other cities. The police, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and other security forces moved in to clear the streets with brutality. The […]

October 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Africa, Arab Spring, Politics, Sudan
Gulf Arab Monarchs’ Dashed Hopes

Gulf Arab Monarchs’ Dashed Hopes

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

The intent of both the Gulf rulers and the current dominant extremist opposition in Syria is to use the US not to ‘rescue’ the Syrian people as these monarchs and their proxies claim. Championed by the Saudi oligarchy, the oil-rich authoritarian dynasties of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are doing all they can to mobilize the international community, specifically the US, to attack and topple the Syrian Alawite (Shiite) regime, ostensibly to save the Syrian people from their regime’s onslaught. […]

September 17, 2013 · 0 comments · Arab Spring, Politics, Saudi Arabia
Will Mideast Revolutions Achieve Democracy?

Will Mideast Revolutions Achieve Democracy?

By Donika Emini, Graduate Student at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt
Location Germany Germany

After two years of revolution, protests, and violence, it is unlikely that genuine democracy will flourish in the Middle East. Democracy, an ancient term and political system, is perceived today as the “ideal” form of governance. It is promoted by the West and lately aimed at the Middle East and developing world. Implementing democratic systems differs from country to country and it’s highly influenced by many factors. The main factors are considered to be: 1) […]

September 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Arab Spring, Politics
Refugees and the Arab Spring in Jordan

Refugees and the Arab Spring in Jordan

By Michael Sharnoff, Founder and Editor of Sharnoff's Global Views
Location United States United States

Arab Spring protests and the influx of more than half a million Syrian refugees pose new concerns for the Hashemite Kingdom. The protests in Jordan which began in 2011 were against price hikes and inflation. Jordanians also demanded limitations on King Abdullah’s powers including transforming the monarchy from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy (like in the UK). Rather than being appointed by the King, Jordanians want their prime minister elected by the people. […]

July 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Arab Spring, Jordan, Politics