The Al Jazeera Revolution

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al Jazeera English, host of Empire, the monthly show about global powers, and author of The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions, counters the perception of the "Arab Spring" as a spontaneous uprising.

EVENT: "The Invisible Arab", a discussion with Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera, hosted by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, takes place this evening, Thursday, February 16th from 6pm-8pm. Registration is required and doors open at 5:30pm. To register, click here.


Marwan Bishara

Comments [16]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

dumboy has a Twin in NYC.

Which is the Evil Twin? Both?

Feb. 17 2012 10:10 AM
dboy from Nyc


Your paranoid schizophrenia is showing again!!

Feb. 16 2012 03:03 PM
snot from NYC


Your paranoid schizophrenia is showing again!!

Feb. 16 2012 02:56 PM

who knows what your point ever is!

Feb. 16 2012 01:01 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

I don't understand how self proclaimed "anti-war", "progressive", liberal secularists support religious groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood.

I don't understand the Red/Islamist Green Alliance.

Feb. 16 2012 11:34 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The civilized world resists islamist terrorism that targets civilians world-wide.

Feb. 16 2012 11:30 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

jg, why does democracy have to replace Islam? As opposed to how Democracy "co-exists" with Christianity or Judaism in the west? I don't see it as an either or - look at Turkey or Indonesia.

Feb. 16 2012 11:29 AM

During the Falklands War period Argentina was not a democracy.

Feb. 16 2012 11:27 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

re: Israel
Samuel Huntington was correct......religious/tribal societies always need enmity toward the "other" to achieve any legitimacy.

Sort of like how Barry Obama attempts legitmacy through inciting people against the 1%.

Feb. 16 2012 11:26 AM
Robert from NYC

Bravo to that!

Feb. 16 2012 11:23 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The only thing that "united" the Arab tribes of Arabia was Islam. The creation of Islam, based on a revisionist version of the biblical texts wherein the Arabs now become the "chosen people," was what gave the many tribes of Arabia the unity and a cause which enabled them to burst forth and conquer the whole Middle East. It's as if all the "indian" tribes of the Americas united under a single religion and were unified to conquer and destroy the European invaders,and even go forth to conquer Europe as well.

So, can democracy really replace Islam as the predominant force in the Arab world?

Feb. 16 2012 11:22 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I don't understand. The same usual suspects who usually fight against "liberal secularism" in the West and Israel, are somehow surprised or disappointed that religious groups, like the brotherhood, are gaining ground politically in post Mubarak Egypt.

Feb. 16 2012 11:19 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Martin Chuzzlewit AKBAR (is GREAT)!

Feb. 16 2012 11:08 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Really ??!!
LOL, uhhh.......that wasn't my point Prime Minister Gladstone.

Feb. 16 2012 11:03 AM

it’s called democracy. They pick not us.

Feb. 16 2012 10:14 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Featuring Eric Trager of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Congressional Testimony – Wednesday February 15, 2012 (Yesterday)
House Committee on Foreign Relations - Subcommittee on the Middle East

“One year after mass protests toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is heading in an illiberal, anti-Western direction. The sweeping Islamist victory in the recent parliamentary elections will likely exacerbate this disturbing trend, given the Muslim Brotherhood's theocratic domestic agenda and hostile foreign policy outlook.”

Feb. 16 2012 07:06 AM

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