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The anti-war left’s concerns over Syria are understandable, but ill-founded | Richard Seymour, guardian.co.uk

There may have been outside attempts to hijack the Syria uprising, but evidence suggests this is still a popular revolution by Richard Seymour The lesson of the miraculous Arab spring is that people in the Middle East are capable of liberating themselves sans bombardment. Who fondly remembers Firdos Square today? And how does that compare to the crowds in Tahrir ...

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Mustafa Akyol on Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey | On Being

There’s a country between Europe’s debt crisis and the Arab Spring, where democracy is valued and the economy is growing. It’s Turkey. Mustafa Akyol gives a fresh perspective on this new model of religion and democracy. via Mustafa Akyol on Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey | On Being. ALSO: Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based ...

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Whatever Happened to the Arab Summer? | Counterpunch

History in Reverse by PATRICK COCKBURN Remember the euphoria early last year when long-established police states across the Arab world were tumbling down. Facile comparisons were made with the fall of communist states in Eastern Europe in 1989. Commentators spoke glibly of irrepressible political change in the age of the internet, social media and satellite television. Regime change from Tunisia ...

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Arab spring brings steep rise in US attacks in Yemen | TBIJ

Covert US strikes against alleged militants in Yemen have risen steeply during the Arab spring, and are currently at the same level as the CIA’s controversial drone campaign in Pakistan, a new study by the Bureau reveals. At least 27 US military and CIA strikes involving cruise missiles, aircraft, drones or naval bombardments have taken place in the volatile Gulf ...

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Syrians questioning whether armed revolt works | Boston.com

The Syrian uprising began as a largely peaceful protest movement calling for change in the wake of similar uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The unarmed protests continue — and are still met by gunfire from regime forces. On Friday, security forces opened fire on demonstrators at Aleppo University, killing a teenager. The U.N. said in late March that at ...

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Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring? | Counterpunch

Within the first few months of 2011, the U.S. and its allies lost three loyal “friends”: Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine el-Abbidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Saad Hariri in Lebanon. While Mubarak and Ali were driven out of power by widespread popular uprisings, Hariri was ousted by the parliament. Inspired by these liberating developments, pro-democracy rebellions against autocratic rulers ...

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Syria’s ‘very fragile’ ceasefire could see UN observers on the ground in days | The Guardian

Efforts to build on a “very fragile” Syrian ceasefire are accelerating, with detailed plans to deploy UN observers within days being drawn up to keep up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad for a peaceful outcome to the bloodiest chapter of the Arab spring. Kofi Annan, the international envoy, has told the UN security council that a truce was being partially ...

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