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Fadi Elhusseini

Arab Spring and the rise of non-state actors

By Fadi Elhusseini In the past four years, Arabs have been living an endless Sisyphean ordeal, an unexpected nightmare after rising for what they called “the Arab Spring”. A very similar scenario was cloned in most of the Arab Spring countries. Alas, a hopeful revolution turned into belligerence, then into strife followed by a war, …


Trade exchange largely affected after Arab Spring

Non-oil consumption imports based on individuals not the government it is still going , as traders from both import and export country take risk on their responsibility on transferring goods and products.

Students at a public school in Cairo.

Education in Egypt hit harder by Arab Spring unrest

By Mohamed Ibrahim Education in Egypt has been further dented by the unrest that has engulfed the country since the start of the Arab Spring in January 2011. The education process has been largely disrupted since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak that year. Reforming the education system in the most populous Arab nation …

Asmaa Mahfouz 
(AFP Photo)

Activist Asmaa Mahfouz banned from travelling

Mahfouz was kept for three hours inside the criminal investigation office at the airport until investigations could determine whether there were other lawsuits against her.

Mohammed Nosseir

Middle East Realism – How power completely overcomes values

By Mohammed Nosseir What matters in the Middle East is the reality on the ground. Having good ideas and some moral values – but no power – makes you a useless entity, while possessing power but no ethical values can sustain your presence for a lengthy period and enable you to gain more ground. This …

Suicide car bomb kills 12 soldiers, civilian in Yemen

AFP – A suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bomber Sunday killed 12 soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military base in southeast Yemen, officials said, as government forces pursued jihadists in three restive provinces. The bombing came just hours after three gunmen were killed when they attacked a checkpoint close to the presidential palace …

Fadi Elhusseini

The Arab World: History of Revolts and Global Nexus

By Fadi Elhusseini In the fractious, conflict-rife Arab world, described for a long time as immune against democratic transformation, revolts have snuck in, toppling some regimes and shaking the thrones of others. Almost three years have passed since the advent of the Arab Spring and statesmen and decision-makers have been trying to analyse these historic …

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend Egypt’s economic summit despite conflict 
(AFP File Photo)

Qatar signs aid deal worth $1.25bn for Morocco

Morocco is under heavy pressure from international lenders to reduce its budget deficit after spending heavily on food and energy subsidies and higher public sector salaries in 2011 and 2012 to help defuse social tensions.

A giant portrait of Tunisian protestor Mohamed Bouazizi hangs on the wall in the central town of Sidi Bouzid on Tuesday as they celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the start of the revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, triggered by the self-immolation of Bouazizi, the vegetable vendor harassed by poverty and police atrocity


Three years on, Tunisia uprising marked by muted demos

Around 1,000 unionists and left-wing opposition activists gathered in Sidi Bouzid, the impoverished central town where Mohammed Bouazizi staged his iconic protest on 17 December 2011, for a demonstration against the lack of progress since the revolution.

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa

(AFP/File, Fethi Belaid)

Tunisia’s PM-designate is a little-known newcomer

The opposition accuses the current government of failing to rein in militants who have stepped up attacks, and failing to deal with an economic malaise that has led to a rise in strikes and protests.

Ziad Akl

The Revolutionary Connection

Unfortunately, revolutions come at a price. The whole idea of revolting is to destroy the connection with the status quo, and this connection can be broken in two main ways. You either break the connection, celebrate its destruction, propose a different status quo, implement it and build a new connection; or simply break the connection, …

Farah Halime

After Arab Spring, Islamists test religion in economics

By Farah Halime With the rise of political Islam across North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, Islamic finance is being touted as the solution to decades of unemployment and economic inequality. “We’ve tried socialism, we’ve tried capitalism, now we’re trying Islam,” cried supporters of Mohamed Morsi, when he was …

Talal Abu Ghazaleh: “There's a Tsunami hitting the region that will reshape the whole world, especially educational practices”
(Mohamed SalahElDin/DNE Photo)

I see a renaissance in the Arab world, not just a spring: Talal Abu Ghazaleh

Talal Abu Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organisation (TAG) and is known for promoting the concept of intellectual property rights in the Arab world. A Palestinian refugee, whose life is governed by “the principle of the blessing of suffering, for suffering can become the greatest blessing”, Abu Ghazaleh was granted a scholarship to study at the American University in Beirut (AUB), and he was the first student to get a scholarship from United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Ziad Akl

Europe and the Arab Spring

In January 2011, those who were protesting in Tahrir Square kept a careful eye on world leaders, hoping to hear a message of support for the revolution or a message of pressure to the Mubarak regime. The United States and Western Europe found themselves in a very difficult position. On one hand, their long-time ally …