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The Arab Spring

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dalia Ziada in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. (Courtesy Dalia Ziada)

As Egypt marks the year anniversary of the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak, we speak with Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian human rights activist who has been working to spread Martin Luther King’s ideas of non-violence in the country.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A protester waves an Egyptian flag that reads "We Love Egypt" during a demonstration after Friday prayers in Tahrir Square

Arab Spring protesters have used social media and cell phones to organize. But an investigation finds that oppressive regimes are also using the technologies to track down those dissidents.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Author Bruce Feiler argues that the yearning for freedom reverberating through the Arab world originated with the stories of Moses and Abraham.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (AP)

Syria’s foreign minister said today the government would soon present “an unprecedented example of democracy” in the troubled Middle East, an extraordinary promise in a country facing an uprising against an authoritarian system in place for decades. The BBC’s Sue Lloyd-Roberts got into Damascus undercover and met those who are trying to bring about a revolution there.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Soldiers from Combined Team Zabul sling-load a container of components for a cell phone tower on March 25, 2011, in Kandahar province. The American military is building an independent cell phone network in Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from shutting down cell phone communication. (AP)

During the Arab spring this year, governments in Egypt and Syria were able to cut off their citizens from the Internet and mobile phone networks. Now the U.S. government is financing technologies for dissidents to circumvent these communication black-outs.

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Monday, May 30, 2011
and fully reopened its passenger crossing with Gaza at the town of Rafah, after a long period of restrictions aimed at isolating the Hamas militant group that rules the Palestinian coastal strip. (AP)

Egypt’s move to relax restrictions at the country’s border with the Gaza strip has rattled the Israeli government, which has already been watching the Arab Sprig uprisings with caution.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Egyptian Wael Ghonim. (AP)

We sat down with Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who launched a Facebook page that became the online heart of the Egyptian revolution. Should the U.S. support the opposition in Libya?

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Thursday, May 19, 2011
President Barack Obama delivers a policy address on events in the Middle East at the State Department in Washington, Thursday. (AP)

In his speech about the Middle East and North Africa, President Obama outlined massive aid packages to fledgling Middle East and North African democracies and lay out what he believes will be the foundations for peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Egyptians shout anti- Mubarak slogans during their protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, April 10, 2011. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is denying that he abused his authority to amass wealth and property in his first speech since his ouster. Arabic reads "we need our money from Mubarak." (AP)

A decade ago, many in the Arab world saw Osama bin Laden as an important figure. But Journalist Anthony Shadid says that the uprisings across the region show that to today’s young people, bin Laden is a historical footnote.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Egyptians review Arabic novels and poetry at the Cairo Book fair in Egypt in 2010. (AP)

Huge protests brought down Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. One writer explains why he believes the demonstrations may have roots in Egypt’s literature.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, center, and his wife Simone, are seen in the custody of republican forces loyal to election winner Alassane Ouattara at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday, April 11, 2011. (AP)

Exiled foreign leaders used to head for sunny, exotic countries where they could relax in retirement. But with an increase in prosecutions by the International Criminal Court, ousted leaders from Egypt’s Mubarak to deposed Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo are finding fewer places where they can hide from the law.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A man prays at a key pilgrimage site for Sufis, whose shrines have come under attack from members of Salafi movement in Egypt. (AP)

For years western politicians and diplomats have expressed their fears about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. But as Egyptians seek to build a new future after the fall of President Mubarak, their concerns have been focusing on a different Islamist movement: the Salafis.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Khayrat el-Shater, the lead strategist for Egypt's largest opposition group, hugs Hassan Malek, a prominent businessman and group financier, right, in Cairo, Egypt after the two were released from prison. (AP)

A month after Egypt’s revolution, the youth that led the protests are reported to have a very limited role in shaping the country. That’s led one young opposition member to launch a “movement to save the revolution.” We speak with Egyptians from different generations about Egypt’s future.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Egyptians who worked Libya and fled the unrest in the country wait to register as they arrive at a refugee camp set up by the Tunisian army, at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. (AP)

A UN official expressed concern that racism may be a factor in what the organization warns is a looming crisis along the Libya-Tunisia border, as tens of thousands flee unrest in Libya.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A Libyan boy flashes a V sign as he protests against Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, in Tobruk, Libya, on Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011. (AP)

In Libya, protesters continue to make gains as foreigners flee. In Yemen, thousands turned out in the capital protesting the government. And in Bahrain, the King is visiting Saudi Arabia seeking advice. We get a roundup of the news from the region.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Egyptians who fled Libya carry their belongings through the Salloum land port gate at the Egyptian-Libyan border on Tuesday. (AP)

There are reports that the streets of Tripoli, Libya, are littered today with the bodies of slain protesters, after pro-government forces cracked down on anti-government demonstrators by shooting anyone outside on sight. We get an update on what’s happening from a Libyan man in Tripoli.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan is shown covering the reaction in in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. (AP)

CBS correspondent Lara Logan’s brutal sexual assault during celebrations in Tahrir Square earlier this month has some female foreign correspondents talking about how to deal with the dangers they face daily.

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Monday, February 21, 2011
An elderly Yemeni anti-government demonstrator shouts slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP)

Rumors are swirling that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has left the capital of Tripoli, where a main government building is burning. In Yemen, the president is rejecting calls to step down. We take a closer look at the events playing out across the region, and who is in control now.

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Friday, February 18, 2011
Students in Plymouth, Mass. are watching the history that's unfolding in Egypt from their classroom.

As protests continue in the mideast, here in the U.S., students are getting a rare chance to watch history in the making. We touch down in one school, Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, Mass.

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Monday, February 14, 2011
Bahraini demonstrators run from tear gas Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, as riot police disperse a protest in the village of Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. (AP)

Protests have broken out in Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria and Iran in the wake of Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt. Meanwhile, human rights activists in Egypt are trying to get more information about the dozens of people, who were possibly detained and are still missing after taking part in Egypt’s protests.

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