Category Archives: Arab Spring

Syria Crisis: Guide to Armed and Political Opposition

The BBC has put together an illuminating outline of the different armed groups operating in Syria that I think is worth your attention: There are believed to be as many as 1,000 armed opposition groups in Syria, commanding an estimated … Continue reading

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Mubarak’s Release

We are at the highest peak of the counter-revolution in the Arab Uprisings. The Saudi-UAE-backed Egyptian coup is now commandeering the release of Hosni Mubarak.  His release should lay to rest any delusion that the Sisi-coup in Egypt was the … Continue reading

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Iran the Winner of the Arab Spring?

On March 7th I participated in my 4th HuffPost Live discussion, this time joined by Flynt Everett. I argued that Iran’s regional clout had been weakened by the Arab Spring and that it was an opportune moment to reach an … Continue reading

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The Unknown Arab Uprising: Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia Keep the Protest Movement Alive

The Global Post: Editor’s Note: When Arab Spring protests broke out in Saudi Arabia in 2011, the government reacted quickly. It pumped $130 billion into the economy, including hiring 300,000 new state workers and raising salaries. It also brutally cracked … Continue reading

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Iraqi Sunnis await a Baghdad spring

The Guardian: Abu Saleh sits in a striped tent pitched by the side of the highway joining Jordan and Syria with Iraq and reflects on the latest, improbable twist in his 10-year career fighting those he considers the enemies of … Continue reading

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The Diplomatic Opportunity in Iran’s Dashed Hopes for the ‘Arab Spring’

My latest piece at Tehran Bureau (PBS): Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s recent visit to Iran to attend the 120-member gathering of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) represents monumental shifts rooted in the Arab uprisings that have significant ramifications for Egypt and Iran. … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring and Eastern Saudi Arabia

I’m partial towards any uprising, more or less, against any and all regimes in the Middle East as I believe that not a single one is worthy of toleration. The ones that really tug on the heartstrings, however, are the … Continue reading

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