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Five years on, has the revolution failed?

It is still too soon to judge the outcomes of such a profound and wide-ranging global upheaval. عربي

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Five years on, has the revolution failed?

It is still too soon to judge the outcomes of such a profound and wide-ranging global upheaval. عربي

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A fascist history of the Egyptian revolution II: laughter and the future

The revolutionary calls were necessary; they united otherwise mutually hostile groups, politicised the apolitical and neutralised the anti-political. But it was not exactly a rupture nor a total break with the past.

On illusions and inflated condoms

Maged Mandour

The Muslim Brotherhood, secular activists and even regime supporters have decided to shield themselves from reality, focusing on a discourse that provides them with a protective layer from the grim conditions engulfing them.

The Palestinian Museum: imperilled objects and unsafe ideas

Palestine’s first National Museum opens in the West Bank in May - a “cultural mothership” drawing together pieces from a scattered and censored Palestinian history.

Window on the Middle East – February 7, 2016

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East.

To the shores of Tripoli

Great Britain and Italy are preparing to send ground troops to Libya, and American troops will likely be involved eventually – ironic developments given western intervention helped create a failed state in Libya in the first place.

Reflections from Arab Spring to refugee crisis in Europe: an argument for measure and the rule of law

As we must find ways to deal with economic migration in all its variations and the effects it has on society and economy, we must offer a rights-based welcome to those who qualify for asylum.

A Raqqa letter: assessing the west

For a young adherent in Islamic State territory, American and British politics are a source of optimism.

How to support Syria

Today’s London conference might make a start by assessing the world’s catastrophic failure to stop the carnage in Syria and how this should be addressed for the future.

Algeria’s transition to uncertainty

Algeria is facing succession scrambles and economic crisis. Why are the country’s leaders handing the country over to the IMF rather than use its political and economic talent? 

Can Hariri coexist with a strong Christian president in Lebanon?

Hizbullah Chief Nasrallah is unwavering in his support for Aoun. Now, following Geagea’s endorsement of Aoun, can Hariri accept the Lebanese Christians’ preferred candidate?

The Sahel: north-west Africa’s security weakest link

In addition to terrorism, the Sahel faces a host of thorny intertwined issues, which if not dealt with could plunge the region into chaos.

Something is rotten in the state of Tunisia

Tunisia’s foreign friends would do well to remember that in 2011 there was a revolution in, not of the system. The current state of stasis is not a good omen for the future.

Non-violence and education: the legacy of Badshah Khan

The legacy of this hero of non-violent resistance to British colonialism is especially relevant today in Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond.

Who’s missing from Syria’s peace talks?

Those organising Syria’s peace talks must go beyond merely ticking the gender representation box. It's essential to move towards real inclusion of women peace advocates and larger civil society.

Can the Saudi-led coalition win the war in Yemen?

Those deciding for war in March 2015 gave little thought to Yemeni realities, military, logistic, topographic, social or political, human cost, or an exit strategy. But questions are being raised.

Book review: The Egyptians

Jack Shenker's The Egyptians: A Radical Story is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how and why Egypt's revolution happened – and why it continues.

Waiting in limbo: a human security perspective on the refugee crisis in Europe

After a long negotiation process, the European Union has hammered together a plan to admit 120,000 Syrian refugees. Yet there is still a lot of uncertainty about how the member states are going to integrate the newcomers.

Egypt in the balance: what the blogs are saying, 25 January 2016

On the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s uprising: a range of opinions in articles and tweets, first and foremost from the people of Egypt.

The hidden triumph of the Egyptian revolution

A message to the revolutionaries of Egypt: you can no longer recognise your pre-2011 self.

عون راجع" إلى بعبدا: جعجع يفوز بهذه الجولة"

السياسة حسابات. وكل شيء نسبي. ويبقى السؤال الأهم: في زمن التسويات النووية الدولية وإنعكاساتها على لبنان، هل من مكان لشؤون الناس، بدءًا من النفايات المتراكمة في شوارعنا؟

Peace: a meaningless concept?

Netanyahu and suicide bombers represent two sides of the same coin; both lethal and unstoppable.

بعد خمس سنوات...هل فشلت الثورة؟

نحن بصدد إرهاصات انتهاء مرحلة تاريخية داخلياً وإقليمياً وعالمياً، وبهذا المعنى، يصبح سابقاً لأوانه الحكم على مآلات الثورة المصرية، أو ما سُمّي بالربيع العربي ككل. English

Five years on, has the revolution failed?

It is still too soon to judge the outcomes of such a profound and wide-ranging global upheaval. عربي

The fateful marriage: political violence and violence against women

Pervasive and diverse, instances of violence against women can only be fully comprehended in the political contexts that give them purpose and meaning.

We cannot help you here

Governments and international organisations need to pay special attention to the needs of refugees with disabilities – or they will be lost in the shuffle. 

Rebuilding Kobanê

A report from the war-torn city of Kobanê about the people trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed.

Between Trump and Baghdadi

Maged Mandour

Backwards looking politics is a malaise affecting both the west and east. It breeds violence as global elites clamber to maintain their grip on power.

 

The reckless power behind the throne

King Salman's son Mohammad seems to be piloting Saudi Arabia into a series of ever more risky adventures.

الإعدامات في السعودية: ما وراء الأرقام

إنّ عدم القدرة على التمييز والاعتراف بأنّ عمل معيّن يتعارض مع سيادة القانون تكشف الوضع المريع والمرثي في المنطقة سياسياً وأخلاقياً وفكرياً. English

Saudi executions: beyond the numbers

The inability to recognise an affront to the rule of law, regardless of the identity of the perpetrator, reveals the region’s dire state of affairs, politically, morally, and intellectually. Arabic

Yemen: independent intellectuals under threat

Polarisation is wiping out all independent or dissenting voices. Yemeni intellectuals are constantly at risk of acts of violent intimidation, arrest or assassination. Français

Tunisia’s fight against its revolutionary youth

The threat of terrorism has been exploited to justify anti-democratic laws and an escalation of arrests and detentions, apparently more focused on silencing dissent than anything else.

Abu-Sakha’s Christmas

Six hundred Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention by Israel. One of them is Abu-Sakha, a teacher at the Palestinian Circus School.

Does the media say too much when reporting on terrorism?

News coverage of investigations into terrorist attacks raise concerns about whether the media goes too far in reporting police findings that may be of some help to bloodthirsty fundamentalists.

Islamic Reformation?

We keep hearing calls for an ‘Islamic Reformation’, but the Protestant Reformation was not a liberal enterprise: it was the original ‘fundamentalism’, whence the label now applied to Islam.

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