Why I Don’t Call It The Arab Spring

This article was originally published in Kenyon College's MESA Journal, Vol. 3, Ed. 1 (November, 2011). I can already see the entries in future history books: what began with self-immolation by a frustrated young fruit vendor in Tunisia launched unprecedented revolution across the Arab world. Aided by Facebook, Twitter and other social media, movements spread … Continue reading Why I Don’t Call It The Arab Spring

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"Mubarak loyalists" my ass... If Hosni actually wanted to "defend Egypt's safety and stability and its people's wishes" he would be on a plane. Sending out hired thugs to "counter-protest" and incite violence does not reflect the wishes of Egyptians, it reflects and mirrors the last 30 years of your reign. Ya Mubarak, don't plant … Continue reading khalas.

What Hasn’t Happened Says More Than What Has

Marc Lynch's initial comments after a month-long hiatus from blogging: " And a lot sure has happened while I've been gone -- Israel and the Palestinians resolved the impasse over a settlement freeze and resumed talks, and… oh wait, that didn't happen. Well, Iraq now has a government… what? Oh, um, well at least we've made … Continue reading What Hasn’t Happened Says More Than What Has