The Takeaway

Turkish Riot Police Force Protesters Out of Taksim Square

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The unrest in Turkey intensified last night as riot police used tear gas, water cannons, and sound bombs to scatter thousands of protesters. Claire Berlinski is a freelance reporter in Turkey and a senior fellow for Turkey at the American Foreign Policy Center. Her neighborhood, located four blocks from Taksim Square, was on fire yesterday.


The Takeaway

Middle East Wine Revolution: Arab Awakening Boosts Wine Business

Friday, July 08, 2011

Since the first rumblings of revolution in Tunisia last year, we’ve been covering the Arab awakenings often. We’ve asked for analysis from political reporters and foreign correspondents, and reported the latest news as it came in. Today, we're examining a different angle to the uprisings: commerce, particularly the growing number of Middle Eastern wine businesses


The Brian Lehrer Show

Beyond Egypt

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the man behind the popular political blog "The Washington Note," discusses the uprisings in the Middle East , Washington's response, and how it affects politics and people in the region. Plus, Tala Al-Husry, former Brian Lehrer Show intern and native Jordanian gives us her point of view on the ground in Amman, Jordan.

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Egypt 101: Your Questions Answered

Monday, January 31, 2011

What are your questions about the situation in Egypt? Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for middle East Policy, has answers.

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The Takeaway

Iran: An Uprising, A Crackdown. One Year Later, Where's The Revolutionary Spirit?

Friday, June 11, 2010

One year ago, Iran, in turmoil, appeared to be on the brink of a revolution. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was declared the winner of Iran's much-contested presidential election. For days afterwards, protests raged. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets. They marched, despite a savage government crackdown. Dissidents, journalists and ordinary people were swept off the streets and imprisoned, but the protests went on. Cameras filmed the death throes of a young woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, shot in the streets of Tehran. She was called a martyr; her death fuelled even more protests. Twitter and Youtube became foreign correspondents, telling stories from the embattled nation after traditional media were shut down or shut out. But the protests petered out.

One year later, where is the revolutionary fervor?