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Arab Spring 2013: Revolutionary wave enters a third year

By Sharif Nashashibi | Al Arabiya | 02 Jan 2013

Arab Spring - 2012 Timeline

By Al Arabiya | 29 Dec 2012

A fire that Mohammed al-Bouazizi ignited two years ago continued to burn for the second year as the battle to break down the old regimes and their associates in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia continued unabated.

January

*President Bashar al-Assad made his first public speech in months, vowing to quash his opponents with an iron fist and denounced the uprising as a foreign plot.

D8 Summit begins in the shadow of violence

Source : Agencies | 23 Nov 2012

Muslim leaders attended a rare summit in Pakistan yesterday after militant attacks killed 36 people across the country in some of the deadliest violence claimed by the Taleban for months.

The string of attacks on Shiite Muslims and police and troops underscored the immense security challenge in a country where Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked extremists bitterly oppose the US-allied government.

Most Muslims want democracy, freedoms, PEW survey reveals

Source : TodaysZaman | 12 Jul 2012

A majority of Muslims in six predominantly Muslim countries want democracy, personal freedoms and the ability to voice their support for Islam in political life, though at different levels, a Pew poll has shown.

After 'Arab spring', Israel now fears 'Islamic winter'

Source : News Agencies | Tel Aviv / 06 Sept 2011

An Israeli general warned on Monday that the risk of all-out war has increased in the Middle East where the Arab Spring of revolts could turn into a “radical Islamic winter.”

“What was considered as the spring of the Arab people could turn into a radical Islamic winter, and this raises the likelihood of an all-out war in the region,” General Eyal Eisenberg said.

The Arab Spring II

By Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad
Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Kuala Lumpur

1. The Western Press has decided to label the upheavals in the Arab countries as the Arab Spring. But it is no spring as the attempts to overthrow authoritarian Governments in these countries have resulted in bloodshed and serious damage to property and to the economy.

The Great Arab Revolt

Source : Juan Cole | The Nation
February 17, 2011

The Arab world’s presidents for life and absolute monarchs are quaking in the aftermath of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. Arab politics had been stuck in a vast logjam for the past thirty years, from which its crowds are now attempting to blast it loose. The protesters put their fingers on the phenomenon of the vampire state and concluded that before anything important could change, they had to put a stake through its heart.

Syria proves immune to upheaval roiling the region

Source : Zeina Karam | AP
DAMASCUS | 05 Feb 2011

Syria's president recently boasted that his country, one of the Arab world's most stifling regimes, is immune to the upheaval roiling other Arab countries. He was proven right — at least for the time being.

A weeklong online campaign failed to galvanize the kinds of mass protests that have rocked Tunisia and Egypt in recent weeks. In fact, no one showed up Friday and Saturday for what were to be “days of rage” against the Syrian president’s rule.

A 'democracy Renaissance?'

Source : Arsalan Iftikhar | Special to CNN
January 29, 2011

[CNN] -- President John F. Kennedy once said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

The recent pro-democracy mass protests around the Arab world -- in places like Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt --reflect the beginnings of a "democracy Renaissance," launched by the millions of citizens within these countries that have been ruled for decades by ruthless autocrats and soft dictators.

Three perspectives on recent events in Arab World

Source | MEMRI
The Middle East Media Research Institute, Special Dispatch No.3540
27 Jan 2011

The media in different Arab countries have taken varying perspectives on the recent events in the Arab world, specifically the ousting of Tunisia's former leader Ben Ali, the violent demonstrations in other Arab countries, especially in Egypt, Jordan and Yemen, and the overthrow of the Al-Hariri government in Lebanon.

Saudi journalists have held Iran responsible for the events.

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