In his new book, Professor Cole charts the ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, touching upon Syria and Yemen. He credits the Millennial Generation (those born between 1977 and 2000) as a major force behind the varying attempts to change the status quo. As he wrote, “the millennial generation of young Arabs took to the streets, in the millions, chanting ‘bread, freedom and social justice.’ Basically calling for ‘dignity’ (karama), a sense of personal autonomy and rights to freedom of one’s person and one’s political beliefs that must not be infringed by the security forces of each ‘Republican Monarchy.’” Utilizing the latest social media tools on the internet, the youth were very adept at networking and coordinating the numerous direct actions that rattled the regimes.
|By: CTuttle Sunday September 7, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 20, 2014 6:49 am|
The police riots in Ferguson, Missouri are causing a headache for more than just local and state politicians. Not only has the federal government felt compelled to get involved in hopes of quelling the outrage, but US diplomats overseas are going to have a more difficult time convincing the rest of the world that America is a credible authority on the rule of law and human rights with armored vehicles storming the streets and heavily equipped police officers arresting journalists.
|By: CTuttle Monday August 18, 2014 6:30 pm|
The Ceasefire was in fact extended for another 24 hrs.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 30, 2014 6:45 am|
Despite international outcry over civilian casualties, Israel escalated its strikes on Gaza yesterday. One of the strikes knocked out an electric power plant in Gaza that started a large fire and left many residents in the dark. Disabling the power plant also meant water, sewage, and hospitals were offline at a time when they were needed the most.
The Palestinian death toll for the day was at least 100 with the total Palestinian death toll since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8th of over 1,200.
|By: Siun Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:52 am|
The news today is full of talk about John Kerry going to Cairo and insisting on a ceasefire in the war on Gaza. Obama’s UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, who normally is a warrior for R2P made the same argument at the United Nations, also calling for a ceasefire – though mostly from the Gazans since she began by stressing Israel’s right to self-defense. Of course, no one mentions the Palestinians right to same.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday June 30, 2014 7:15 pm|
Three and a half years ago, the world was riveted by the massive crowds of youths mobilizing in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand an end to Egypt’s dreary police state. We stared in horror as, at one point, the Interior Ministry mobilized camel drivers to attack the demonstrators. We watched transfixed as the protests spread from one part of Egypt to another and then from country to country across the region. Before it was over, four presidents-for-life would be toppled and others besieged in their palaces.
|By: DSWright Monday June 23, 2014 12:52 pm|
That makes sense right? That’s how you show you disapprove of something, by rewarding it. I am very unhappy about your tyrannical behavior, here is a billion dollars in aid I know you and your friends will steal to show you I mean business.
|By: Deena Stryker Tuesday June 10, 2014 5:50 pm|
You may be noticing the slightly confused expression on Obama’s face when he talks about the foreign affairs these days: he almost seems to be apologizing for contradictions that are obvious to even the most casual observers.