The Arab Spring at this Fall's General Assembly

Monday, September 26, 2011

United Nations bureau chief for The New York Times, Neil MacFarquhar, talks about how representatives from countries affected by the Arab Spring are being received at the U.N. this week, and how the Palestine bid for statehood overshadowed that wave at the General Assembly this year.


Neil MacFarquhar

Comments [10]

correction again! Sudairi 7!! HA HA

Sep. 26 2011 02:32 PM

correction Sudiari 7

Sep. 26 2011 02:29 PM
Barbara Kaslow from NYC

I agree with Emma's comments.
I have been to some events during the fall at the UN (and it's partners). I kind of enjoyed the zaniness. More serious this year.
To change the subject slightly Sophie:
I always enjoy reading and listening to Neil MacFarquhar. In 2001, to understand events a little better, I read a book by Said K. Aburish, as well as Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks, in 2002. On Aburish's website you can easily find the book I am talking about as well as his 2004 comments. In Nine Parts of Desire, you will find some history of this frustration women have had with normal privileges in Saudi. These books expand substantially upon what Neil MacFarquhar was talking about, i.e. Sidieri 7, driving incident. Hope you are enjoying Poughkeepsie

Sep. 26 2011 02:25 PM

Bravo for the representative from Tunisia who left the UN after deciding the money to pay for her attendance would be better spent helping Tunisian women. If only more leaders around the world were less enamored of hearing themselves talk, patting each other on the back and being wined and dined and more concerned with actually helping their constituents.

Sep. 26 2011 11:57 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

@jgarbuz from Queens

Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan et al.

Crazy places to live as a woman. Traditions based on ancient, ancient, ancient ways of thinking, that (in my opinion) that have no place in modern times and in modern societies.

Again, glad I live here.

Sep. 26 2011 11:44 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Peter,

A Palestinian state, like any other state, will demand to have the same right to have an army, a navy, an air force, missiles, and even nuclear parity with Israel! Something Puerto Rico doesn't even have. Once they get statehood, it's the beginning of WWIII, because at some point will have no choice but to re-invade the State of Palestine, and then the UN will declare war on Israel for attacking a member UN state.

Sep. 26 2011 11:31 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Yeah, Sophie,

But you see, Arab fathers still want to still have "families" and close contact with their numerous children, something American and other western men lost long ago. The Arabs don't want fatherhood to go down the tubes the way it has in the West. That is why they control their women.

Sep. 26 2011 11:26 AM
Peter from North Carolina

If Palestine is recognized as a member (or observer member) by the United Nations general assembly, what about Hamas? Will members of Hamas be given UN credentials and be allowed to fly into NY, speak at local universities and travel around the US? After all, Hamas was elected to power. Can the UN really accept Palestine as a member and then just ignore its elected leaders? Can the US remain a member of the UN if Hamas, a terrorist organization, receives UN credentials?

Sep. 26 2011 11:25 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Why wait? Let women drive now. Let women run businesses now. Let women vote now. Let women buy their bras and underwear from women now!

Another crazy country.

Glad I live here.

Sep. 26 2011 11:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I would like to the Arab-Israel and other conflicts in the Middle East ended for one MAJOR reason: to put half the media out of business! I'd like to go back to 1950s TV when there was only 15 minutes to half an hour of news on a day! If not for the Middle East conflicts, half the remaining "talking heads" would be on the soup line along with the rest of the country. Without the Israel-Arab conflict, the news business is out of business.

Sep. 26 2011 11:12 AM

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