Dictators at work in Bahrain and Libya. Darker moments in Arab spring… a roundup

High stakes over Bahrain

from – Op-Ed Columns by Post
The U.S. is on a collision course with Saudi Arabia and other traditional monarchies in the Gulf.


A regional strategy for democracy in the Middle East

from – Op-Ed Columns by Zalmay Khalilzad
The U.S. needs a proactive plan that responds to the region, not individual countries.


Bahrain: A Full-Scale Attack

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

Protesters at Bahrain’s Pearl (Lulu) Roundabout were dispersed early this morning, as military and police have waged a full-scale attack on them.


Bahrain: Bloody Crackdowns on Villages

from Global Voices Online by Yacoub Al-Slaise

Written by Yacoub Al-Slaise

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

On Tuesday, before King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa announced a State of National Security giving powers to the army and other forces to secure the country, police carried out crackdowns across a number of villages in the central area in Bahrain.


Bahrain: State of National Security Called

from Global Voices Online by Yacoub Al-Slaise

Written by Yacoub Al-Slaise

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

On Tuesday March 15, 2011, one month after protests started on the February 14 in Bahraini capital Manama, His Highness King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa announced a State of National Security, giving full power to the army to protect national security.


Prospects that await the Middle East

Expectations are high in the Middle East and the Arab world. People want freedom, democracy and transparent, responsible governments. But history tells us that revolts and revolutions against tyranny may not necessarily have happy endings, such as democracy. Despotism of one kind may be followed with another after so much suffering and bloodshed.


An Egyptian revolutionary

A woman who relentlessly campaigned for justice for over 30 years is one of the true heroines of the revolution.


Inside Saif Gadaffi’s squatted London mansion, reclaimed by Libyan exiles

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

The New Statesman‘s Laurie Penny has gotten into Saif Gadaffi’s multi-million-pound mansion in London’s tony Mayfair Hampstead, which has been squatted by Libyan exiles. She reports on life inside the reclaimed house:

‘Where are the Arabs?’

If Arab states are serious about ending Gaddafi’s menace to his people, they must take the lead in helping the rebels.

Gaddafi has a long history as a killer – and must be stopped

from – Op-Ed Columns by Richard Cohen
Unless the West intervenes, Gaddafi’s bloodbath will continue.

Does it matter if Gaddafi wins?

from – Op-Ed Columns by Marc A. Thiessen
If the Libyan leader prevails, it could be disastrous for American national security.

We must not wait for a massacre

US senator says the world cannot wait for Gaddafi to start massacring his people before acting.

Will Gaddafi reverse the tide of the Arab Spring?

from – Op-Ed Columns by Jackson Diehl
Ever since Tunisian fruit seller Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze 86 days ago, the Arab uprising has been a mutating virus. That is why Moammar Gaddafi – who has set Libya ablaze – has become so important.


Cultural relativism: Another victim of Arab revolutions?

from ICCI Home by (Nicolas Baumard)

As we are watching the fall of dictators and the wind of liberty sweeping in the Arab world, we may not have noticed another victim of this ?springtime of Arab people?, namely the individualistic/collectivistic divide. In psychology, many scientists have adopted a kind of culturalism according to which the reason people behave differently across culture because of the ?culture? in which they have grown up: People are raised in a particular culture and they come to adopt the particular attitudes and beliefs of their parents, teachers and elders. This explains why people behave differently in different places. For instance, psychologists have often emphasized that some cultures are more individualistic while others are more collectivist and other similar dichotomies have been put forward: sociocentric vs. egocentric, independent vs. interdependent, bounded vs. unbounded.


Bahrain: Letter from a Blogger, as Saudi Troops Enter

from Global Voices Online by Solana Larsen

Written by Solana Larsen

This post is part of our special coverage on Bahrain Protests 2011.


Al Jazeera cameraman killed in Libya, in government ambush of news crew

from Boing Boing by Omar Chatriwala

Saudi Arabia sends counterrevolutionary goons to Bahrain

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Saudi Arabia will split its security forces, lately much occupied with suppressing protest at home, and will send them to Bahrain to help put down the popular uprising there.

Brazil: Reactions to Egyptian and Middle Eastern Crises

from Global Voices Online by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

Written by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia · Translated by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia · View original post [pt]

Once Egypt’s 2011 revolution concluded, the Brazilian blogosphere was filled with analysis, celebrations and prognoses for the future. In fact, from January 25 the whole world followed the course of the conflict in Egypt, awaiting the fall of then President Hosni Mubarak, which finally arrived on 11 February after weeks of protest and 32 years of dictatorial government.


Lebanon: Bloggers Snub Hariri Rally

from Global Voices Online by Antoun Issa

Written by Antoun Issa

Inspired by uprisings across the Arab world, former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri held a rally in Beirut on Sunday calling for the disarming of the powerful Shi’ite Hezballah movement.


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