Libyan Society Almost Non-Existent Without Gadhafi, Rebels Will Have to Start From Scratch

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 9:35 am

The Libyan rebels claim that they have Moammar Gadhafi surrounded in a group of apartment buildings near his compound, along with his sons. One rebel is quoted as saying he will be captured today, and there are up to 1,000 rebels taking part in a battle around the apartments. There’s a new audio tape from [...]

Obama’s Middle East Speech Reflects Tension Between Words and Actions

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 9:59 am

Obama’s speech on the Arab uprising was delayed, apparently because of late rewrites. And I think that’s apparent in the text, which is a real tightrope. There’s a tension to fit all of the past and present actions of the United States in that part of the world under one coherent theme. The President spoke [...]

Ahead of Obama, Posthumous Bin Laden Tape Praises the Arab Uprising

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 7:30 am

Like Tupac upstaging a younger rapper with a release from the grave, Al Qaeda has released Osama bin Laden’s final message just hours before President Obama gives a speech on the importance of the Arab uprising. In it, bin Laden praises the Arab uprising: In the recording, first shared on Islamist websites, bin Laden praises [...]

Syria: Soldiers Shot for Refusing to Fire on Protesters

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 10:04 am

A disturbing new development this week in the Syrian uprising: Syrian soldiers have been shot by security forces after refusing to fire on protesters, witnesses said, as a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations intensified. Witnesses told al-Jazeera and the BBC that some soldiers had refused to shoot after the army moved into Banias in the wake [...]

Protests Throughout the Arab World Today as Uprising Continues

By: Friday April 1, 2011 1:45 pm

The Arab protests have typically used Friday prayers as a rallying point, and today was no different in multiple hot spots. A sampling: • Yemen: Pro- and anti-government demonstrators held dueling protests in Sanaa. A week after it looked as if Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government would fall, the large protests on the pro-government side show [...]

Hillary Clinton Traveling to Egypt, Tunisia, Will Meet With Libyan Rebels

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 12:02 pm

It’s hard out here for a news reporter. There’s just too much happening. Aside from Wisconsin and Libya, protests continue to rage in the Middle East and North Africa. And the ruling regimes are getting trigger happy. Yemeni police fired on protesters yesterday, killing at least three. Coptic Christians and Muslims clashed in Egypt, killing [...]

Amy Goodman on Scott Walker: “It’s not a good season to be a tyrant”

By: Friday February 25, 2011 5:11 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – Journalist Amy Goodman addressed a jam-packed crowd at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, praising the labor protests that are well into their second week at the Capitol. Her main theme focused on “uprisings from the Middle East to the Midwest,” and she made several parallels between the two. Many people have [...]

Egyptian Protests Prove Difficult for Obama Administration

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 1:34 pm

The protests in Egypt have captured the attention of the world. After Tunisia’s dictator fled the country in disgrace, now hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have joined their Tunisian counterparts on the streets, calling for the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. The images have been captivating. And the Egyptian security forces have responded with [...]

Tunisia Remains in Crisis as Key Ministers Resign from Unity Government After One Day

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 8:48 am

Just to check in on our scenes of African upheaval: Ivory Coast remains at an impasse, as the international community tries to starve Laurent Gbagbo of money to force his removal from office after elections. In Sudan, the vote count on secession for the south is occurring briskly, but we probably won’t know the outcome [...]

What’s Happening in Tunisia?

By: Friday January 14, 2011 10:57 am

With an apparent coup taking place in Tunisia, it’s worth stepping back and understanding how we got to this point. Nick Baumann has a good primer. So let’s break it down. Tunisia is a repressive Muslim North African country ruled under a dictatorship since 1956. The suicide of a young produce seller with a university [...]

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