Arab Spring

People's discontent will continue to spill onto the streets in 2014

Protesters in Ramses Square, Cairo. Photo: AP

December 17 marks the third anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia.

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 1:44am

Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laareydh calls for fresh polls in December

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration near the parliament building in Tunis. Photo: EPA

Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laareydh has called a general election for December 17 after an emergency meeting aimed at easing political tensions and as protesters demanded the Islamist government's ouster.

31 Jul 2013 - 3:33am

Tension mounts as rival protesters clash in Tunisia

Tension mounts as rival protesters clash in Tunisia

Pro- and anti-government protesters clashed in two Tunisian cities yesterday, witnesses said, as tensions rose over opposition efforts to oust the Islamist-led government. Opposition groups tried to storm municipal offices in Sidi Bouzid and stop employees there from working, residents said, sparking clashes between them and supporters of the Islamist Ennahda party, which leads the transitional government.

30 Jul 2013 - 2:12am

US notes slow progress of Arab spring

Many Shiite employees were either dismissed or indefinitely suspended from their jobs in the wake of a brutal crackdown on Shiite-led Arab Spring-inspired protests in March 2011. Photo: AFP

Global hopes that democracy could replace dictatorships in Arab spring nations risk being crushed by repressive regimes, the United States warned in its annual human-rights report.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:25am

Debate flares on new media's role in Arab spring's successes

Philip Howard's book goes against some study findings.

Amid a fierce debate in academic circles, an upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference in successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and helped foster grass-roots movements in other Arab nations.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:25am

Violence in Port Said ahead of verdict on soccer riot

A man celebrates the withdrawal of police in Port Said. Photo: AFP

A protester was shot dead in clashes in Port Said yesterday, ahead of today's court verdict on a deadly soccer riot, with unrest pushing Egypt's already precarious government to the brink.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

'Eye Sniper' jailed for three years, but police culture remains brutal

A blinded victim

They called him the Eye Sniper of Cairo. In November 2011, 10 months after the uprising that was supposed to end state repression in Egypt, a young police lieutenant named Mohamed Sobhi el-Shenawy put his shotgun to his shoulder and started firing at protesters near Tahrir Square.

8 Mar 2013 - 4:07am

Tunisian PM quits after failing to form new cabinet

Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali gestures as he leaves after announcing his resignation during a news conference in Tunis. Photo: Reuters

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday after failing to replace a government pulled apart by acrimony between his Islamist allies and their secular opponents.

20 Feb 2013 - 8:14am

Security tightened as Libya celebrates two years since revolt

Security forces stand alert on the eve of the second anniversary of the revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, in Benghazi. Photo: AP

Borders have been closed and some international flights suspended amid fears of a new outbreak of violence.

17 Feb 2013 - 10:47am

Bahrain policeman killed in clashes with protesters

Anti-government protesters, one of them holding a Bahraini flag, run to take cover from tear gas in the village of Sanabis. Photo: Reuters

A police officer was killed near the Bahraini capital Manama in fresh overnight clashes with protesters marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:23pm

Rents in Dubai gain from euro zone crisis, Arab Spring

Apartment and villa rents in Dubai climbed an average 17 per cent last year.

Apartment and villa rents in Dubai climbed an average 17 per cent last year as the Persian Gulf business hub benefits from the euro-zone crisis and the so-called Arab spring, according to Asteco Property Management.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:07am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

Horse and rider take part in an annual event. Photo: Reuters

Peace process stalled in Afghanistan

18 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

Tensions loom as Tunisia marks its Arab Spring revolution

People attend a concert during celebrations of the second anniversary of the Tunisian revolution at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Tunisians on Monday marked two years since the flight into exile of veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amid a climate of uncertainty. 

14 Jan 2013 - 7:02pm

Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri tests political voice in million-man march

Tahirul Qadri speaks to followers in Lahore last month. Photo: EPA

The Arab spring seems a long way from Pakistan's extended winter of discontent. Still, when religious scholar Tahirul Qadri talks about his hopes for the massive rally billed as the "Long March", which he has planned in Islamabad for today, one that he hopes will lure more than a million people into the streets of the quiet capital, the image he uses is that of Cairo's Tahrir Square.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:13pm

Talking points

New lawmakers take office in US

New lawmakers take office in US

3 Jan 2013 - 5:23am