Tag: Arab Spring

Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 14, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2016:  The motto of the Kingdom of Morocco is “Allah, al-Watan, al-Malik” (God, the Nation, the King). This motto was the spark for Yale University professor Jonathan Wyrtzen’s new book, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention […]

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WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2016 |

via DENVER UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  A panel discussion was held at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on November 22, 2015 in Denver, with the exiled Egyptian scholars Emad Shahin (currently at Georgetown University) and Amr Hamzawy (Visiting Scholar at Stanford University), followed by […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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LISTEN: Looking Back at the Event that Started the Arab Spring Five Years Ago

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

via WBUR “HERE & NOW” on DECEMBER 17, 2015: Five years ago today, a Tunisian street vendor, frustrated and humiliated by authorities’ harassment, burned himself to death in a public square. It touched off a revolution in that country and what we came to know as the Arab Spring. Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt looks […]

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Tunisian Civil Society Groups Win Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian Civil Society Groups Win Nobel Peace Prize

[ 0 ] October 9, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 9, 2015:  The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”  Here is the official press release and a selection […]

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Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on AUGUST 23, 2015:  The master narrative of much Western journalism is that the youth protests of 2011 have been replaced by civil war and terrorism. But while there is plenty of both in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, in fact here and there in the region youth protests […]

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Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary  — Q & A with REBECCA STEIN — on MAY 18, 2015: Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, April 2015), by scholars Adi Kunstman and Rebecca Stein, has been called “a pioneering book, showing how information and communication technologies have turned into wartime arsenals, and […]

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A House in Fez, A Home in Morocco

A House in Fez, A Home in Morocco

[ 0 ] May 19, 2015 |

Duke study abroad students read “A House in Fez” and find a temporary home in Morocco  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 19, 2015:  On May 16 eight Duke students arrived in Morocco — ready to embark on a six-week, two-course Duke in the Arab World (DAW) program in which they will “have the opportunity […]

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Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests (by James Dorsey)

Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests (by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on MAY 16, 2015:  An Egyptian court has banned militant soccer fan groups or ultras as terrorist organizations in a bid to break the backbone of anti-government protests. The ruling at the request of Mortada Mansour, the controversial, larger than life president of Cairo’s […]

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