Retired Israeli security insiders have been warning for years about the danger of an explosion of violence. Now that the explosion is here, uniformed brass are also speaking out.
BACKWARD: Experts have long said water would spark the next Middle East flare-up, but no one expected the conflagration to be filled with bubbles.
With three years since the revolution in Tunisia and progress on a constitution that protects Jews and minorities, Robert Zaretsky can’t understand why this good news is being ignored.
We are living through a golden age of documentary film. Surely “The Square,” a riveting account of the Arab Spring as it played out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between 2011 and 2013, argues in favor of such optimism. In something under two hours, director Jehane Noujaim’s film — which recently screened at the New York Film Festival — offers an intellectually and emotionally rich view of the philosophies and passions that moved ordinary Egyptian citizens to throw themselves into their country’s historical moment with an extraordinary level of commitment.
Tunisia’s small but robust Jewish community is finding its footing in the country’s new democracy. Some emphasize their roots but others want to stress shared Tunisian identity.
Palestinians voted in local elections in the Israel-occupied West Bank on Saturday, their first vote for six years and one with little choice, out of step with democratic revolutions elsewhere in the Arab world.
Switzerland has frozen $1 billion in stolen assets linked to dictators ousted by Arab spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia.
The United States must look past the violence and extremism that has erupted after the “Arab Spring” revolutions and boost support for the region’s young democracies to forge long-term security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.
Jordan’s King Abdullah appointed respected politician Abdullah Ensour as Prime Minister on Wednesday to prepare for the country’s first post Arab Spring parliamentary election, due by early next year, a palace statement said.
As Tunisia struggles to emerge from decades of dictatorship, the small Jewish community is seeking its place in the new order. Nate Lavey went to find out how it’s going.