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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Egyptian demonstrators hold up a huge national flag with the slogan 'Leave, Egypt is bigger than all of you' written on it in Arabic in Cairo's Tahrir square on November 25, 2011. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The West was blindsided by the Arab Spring. That’s according to Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English senior political analyst and author of the new book The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution. He’ll discuss misconceptions about the Arab revolutions and what to expect in that region in 2012. Plus: Marshall Curry, director of the Oscar nominated documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front;” and Mei-Ling Hopgood is back for the third installment of our series “The Global Parent.”

The Global Parent: Family and Community

Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between), joins us weekly in February to talk about the "best practices" of parenting around the world. This week: a look at how parents draw the lines around family and community.

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The Al Jazeera Revolution

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.

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Why Michigan Matters

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR, discusses the Michigan primary, how Mitt Romney is talking about his stance on the auto bailout, and Rick Santorum’s rise.

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: If a Tree Falls

Marshall Curry, director of If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, discusses his look at the post-9/11 prosecution of a 90s-era "eco-terrorist."

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Watch: Marwan Bishara on Whether War is Inevitable

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, recently visited the WNYC studios. He answered the question at the center of our series End of War: Is War Inevitable?

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Watch: John Horgan On Whether War Is Inevitable

Science journalist, director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and author of the new book The End of War, John Horgan, recently visited the WNYC studios. He answered the question at the center of our series End of War, which Horgan's book inspired: Is War Inevitable?

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