Middle East Protests
Monday, September 17, 2012
Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, digs deep into the continuing protests in the Middle East.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
As a brutal crackdown on protesters continues in Syria, the unrest in Yemen has slipped from the headlines. On today’s Backstory, Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, describes what’s happened in the drought-stricken, poor country over the last few weeks, including the formation of a national council by those opposed to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
As the Middle East continues to feel the tremors of revolution from all across the landscape, Dr. Reza Aslan’s book “Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East” offers a timely look at the role of literature in modern Islam.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
As countries across the Arab World have been protesting in the streets and overthrowing decades-old regimes, Saudi Arabia has been trying to prevent the spread of unrest within its own borders. On today’s first Backstory, New York Times United Nations Bureau Chief Neil MacFarquhar explains how the Saudi royal family has spent billions of dollars to try to keep its people happy – and how well their efforts have paid off. He’s also the author of The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Protests have turned violent across the Arab World. Foreign Policy managing editor Blake Hounshell gives us an update on the clashes between the police and protesters in Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain. Plus, we’ll take a look at the role that sectarianism is playing in those countries and in Egypt.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Security forces in Syrian tanks opened fire on civilians and killed at least 9 people Sunday, fueling speculation that the country is engaging in even more brazen efforts to quell the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, analyzes the events in Syria. "This revolt has settled into a stalemate," says Landis, while the government maintains the upperhand as it continues to shoot at protesters.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Fighting has intensified in the capital city of Yemen, Sanaa, where parts of the city are being called “a warzone” by international journalists. There are reports that at least 100 people have been killed in the violence. On Wednesday, opposition tribesmen controlled at least the trade and tourism ministries as well as the building which houses the country's state-run news agency, Saba. Is it possible that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will weather the storm? Robert Worth, correspondent for The New York Times, has been following the crisis. Hakim Almasmari, editor of the Yemen Post reports in Sanaa.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
There are reports that Hosni Mubarak will be tried in Cairo for his alleged role in killing protesters. So far it looks like it will be a closed trial with limited access for the media, says Hisham Kassem, former publisher of Al-Masry Al-Youm (The Egyptian Today), Egypt’s independent daily paper. He discusses the news of the trial and what this means for Egypt.
Friday, May 20, 2011
In his speech on the Arab world on Thursday, President Obama evoked images of the American Revolution, the Civil Rights Movement and the Fall of the Iron Curtain to parallel American values and the Arab uprisings. The speech comes nearly six months after the uprisings began in Tunis, and the state of democracy in Tunisia and Egypt is precarious at best. But what concrete steps is Obama promising — and can he come through?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
There are rumors that Libya's oil minister may have fled to neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, and sources in Libya say rebel fighters - aided by NATO airstrikes, which destroyed eight artillery vehicles - killed more than a dozen of Colonel Gadhafi's forces Wednesday. But it is unclear how and in what form U.S. involvement in the mission will continue. The New York Times' John Burns reports from Tripoli on the latest. In the United States, Friday, it will have been 60 days since President Obama told Congress about the campaign in Libya. According to the War Powers Act, he has until then to secure congressional support for the war.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Today President Obama will deliver his first major policy speech to the Muslim World since the beginning popular demonstrations and political revolutions began sweeping across the Middle East and Northern Africa. It's not his first speech on the region. In June, 2009, the president addressed the region from Cairo University, speaking in broad terms in order to reset the relationship with the region following the Bush administration. Today’s Arab world demands a different kind of speech than the one delivered during the commander in chief's first year in office. President Obama will be forced to address specific nations and outline concrete agendas.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
On Thursday, President Obama plans to deliver an important speech regarding his Administration’s Middle East policy. For first time since demonstrations and political revolutions began sweeping across the Middle East and Northern Africa, President Obama will likely address specific countries, including Bahrain and Yemen. The Takeaway hosts a round table discussion with Arab-Americans, who share their expectations, and hopes for U.S. involvement in their home countries.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
While protests have continued across Syria for days, security forces in three cities across Yemen fired on protesters on Wednesday. In the capital city of Sana’a, there were reports that at least six had died and about 100 were wounded. Jeb Boone, a special correspondent for the Washington Post, joins us from Yemen to describe yesterday’s violence and what it means for the protest movement there.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Syria has worsened. Plain clothes police have been pulling protesters off the streets and throwing them into vans, and threatening imprisonment to those who have video of protests on their cell phones. We get an update on the situation in that country from Anthony Shadid, reporter for The New York Times. Shadid explains that Syria's government is "in survival mode and it has signaled it's intention in brute force." Is it time for international intervention?
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Since the start of the political uprisings in the Middle East, regimes have fallen in Egypt and Tunisia. Meanwhile, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya continue their struggles to unseat dictators and bring about democratic change. And throughout it all, the voice of al-Qaida — and more importantly, its leader, Osama bin Laden — has been relatively silent. The question now remains, will the death of bin Laden at the hands of American forces continue to spur democratic movements or could it fuel terrorist organizations to stand in the way of change in the Middle East?
Friday, April 29, 2011
As part of our ongoing series about the protests throughout the Arab World, New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid gives us an update on Syria, where the government has violently cracked down on protesters throughout the country and has kicked foreign journalists out of the country.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
President Barack Obama is a different leader than candidate Barack Obama. What remains difficult to discern is just how different both men are on matters of U.S. foreign policy. Critics to both the left and the right of the president have voiced frustration at the administration's obstinate refusal to state a foreign policy doctrine. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker describes how recent events in the Middle East may be creating an Obama doctrine on its own.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Syrian security forces killed at least 109 protesters on Friday as demonstrations raged throughout the country. At least nine more were killed on Saturday as citizens gathered to bury their compatriots killed the day before. President Assad's promises of modest reform has failed to quell the uprising. What do the protesters want? Will the Assad regime really reform itself?