Arab Spring Articles

Sanction Syria?

1:28 PM, Aug 04, 2011

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has compiled a report on "Syria's Energy Sector."

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Murderers & Double Standards

8:39 AM, Aug 03, 2011

In his column for Tablet, Lee Smith asks, "The recent massacres in Oslo, Norway, and Hama, Syria, were both carried out by heartless sociopaths. Why does one of them—Syria’s Bashar al-Assad—continue to enjoy diplomatic relations with Washington?"

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Smokescreen in Syria

9:28 AM, Jul 25, 2011

After cracking down on protesters and killing 1,500 of its own citizens, Syria seems to be changing its tactics: 

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Sectarianism, or a Trap by Assad?

What really happened in Homs on Tuesday.
1:03 PM, Jul 22, 2011

“Sectarian violence in Syria raises fears,” screamed the headline of a Washington Post article on the murder Tuesday of 16 Syrians in the city of Homs, which lies 100 miles north of Damascus. Admitting that "confirming details" of what happened are hard to come by in a city under siege, the Post's Beirut-based correspondent Liz Sly nonetheless gives a dire reading of an impending civil war:

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'Syria's Youth Revolutionaries'

5:05 PM, Jul 21, 2011

Journalist and Arab media specialist Hussain Abdul Hussain links to a remarkable film about the Syrian uprising, Syria’s Youth Revolutionaries:

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Insecure in Egypt

10:40 AM, Jul 14, 2011

It’s been five months since the revolution that ended the 30-year tenure of Hosni Mubarak, but the upheaval in Egypt is far from over. Large protests have become routine if not habitual in Egypt. In late June, 1,000 civilians criticizing the slow pace of reform were injured in clashes with riot police in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. More recently, on July 8 tens of thousands of Egyptians descended on the square in hopes of “sav[ing] the revolution.”

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Egypt’s Second Revolution

9:57 AM, Jul 14, 2011

Cairo—By the time I arrived at Tahrir the morning of July 8, the iconic square was already flooded with tens of thousands of activists for what the Egyptian media dubbed “Persistence Friday.” For the first time since the 18 days of protests earlier this year that brought down Hosni Mubarak, nearly every ideological and political group stood next to each other, putting their differences aside to voice their displeasure with the transitional government’s stalled progress on political reform.

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Israel's Survival

An enduring question.
9:00 AM, Jul 14, 2011

U.S. Policy Shift in Syria?

2:02 PM, Jul 08, 2011

Syrian protestors greet US ambassador Robert Ford with roses as his car entered Hama this afternoon during the midst of more Friday protests against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Ford wished to show his solidarity with the opposition, but is he also signaling a change in American policy?

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A Dream of Spring

Arabs against themselves.
Jun 20, 2011

Half a year after the fall of Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, it’s time for a partial reckoning of the Arab Spring. Verdict: Uncertain. 

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Cash for Syrians to Protest Israel

10:02 AM, Jun 06, 2011

For the last several months, Syrians have been loudly protesting their own government. The regime, led by strongman Bashar al-Assad, has responded by killing its own citizens, including women and children, and shutting off channels of communication that the protesters have been utilizing (such as the Internet). According to the Boston Globe, "the continuing crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, with hundreds more rounded up in mass arrests."

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A Coming Arab Winter?

The Fatah-Hamas deal may presage a new Iranian approach to the Middle East.
Jun 06, 2011

It can’t give many Americans much lasting pleasure that the Israeli prime minister humbled our commander in chief this week on his home turf. To be sure, a president who seems to relish provoking public confrontations with an ally may have had it coming, but in the end Netanyahu’s speech before Congress won’t satisfy too many Israelis either—or for that matter many other Middle Easterners who have come to depend on American stewardship. The fact that an Israeli leader makes the case for American exceptionalism and U.S. power better than Barack Obama is a signal that Washington has forsaken its traditional role in the

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Paul Ryan Embraces American Exceptionalism, Rejects Isolationism in Foreign Policy Speech

6:53 PM, Jun 02, 2011

Paul Ryan defended America's role as the leading defender of freedom and liberty in a foreign policy address this evening. Speaking to the Alexander Hamilton Society, Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, laid out a vision that defended America's exceptional role as a world leader and drew sharp contrast to those who advocate for isolationism and withdrawal.

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The Egypt Test

May 30, 2011

In his speech at the State Department on May 19, President Obama called Egypt essential to the future of democratic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. As the largest and most influential Arab country, Egypt could in large part determine the course of the regional uprisings and the prospect of liberal democracy in the Islamic world. Yet violence against Copts, rising crime, and attacks on Israel’s Gaza border and its Cairo embassy are causing alarm about where “democracy” in Egypt is leading. And for good reason.

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Saudi Wahhabis vs. Women Who Want to Drive Cars

11:13 AM, May 25, 2011

Saudi authorities have arrested Manal al-Sherif, a courageous female subject of the kingdom who blogged about the demand made by her and others for the right of Saudi women to drive motor vehicles.

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Egypt’s Other Extremists

While the Muslim Brotherhood gets all the ink, the Salafists go on a rampage.
May 16, 2011

Judging the likely trajectory of post-Mubarak Egypt requires assessing the depth of public support for Islamism, and usually this has meant assessing the strength and intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood. While the Brotherhood remains central, however, the country is also facing a frequently violent upsurge of Salafist versions of Islam.

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The Undoing of Bin Laden

8:45 AM, May 03, 2011

WEEKLY STANDARD contributing editor Reuel Marc Gerecht weighs in this morning with a piece in the Wall Street Journal on how "killing of Shiites in Iraq was Bin Laden's undoing in the eyes of many Muslims":

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The Daily Grind: Find, Fix, Finish

6:27 AM, May 03, 2011

Hitchens: "Death of a Madman"

"'We are very happy and we are waiting for the next step. We want the Americans to do the same to Gaddafi,' said rebel military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Bani."

Elliott Abrams: "Bin Laden, Obama, and the Arab Spring"

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The Arabs’ Spring—and Ours

Apr 11, 2011

Spring isn’t what it used to be. Here, for example, is Robert Browning in 1841:


The year’s at the spring,

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Assad State of Affairs

Will Syria’s dictator be the next to fall?
Apr 11, 2011


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Happy Hour: Did the Arab Spring Begin in March 2003?

6:00 PM, Mar 29, 2011

"You know what? I’m gonna call it. Bill Maher is the de facto leader of the Democratic Party."

Don't Ask, Don't Subscribe?

"Are We Securing Our Vital Interests Abroad?"

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