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January 25, 2012 19 Comments

Egyptian Human Rights Activist Asks What’s Next For Her Country

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.

August 23, 2011 Comment

Is New Technology Enabling Government Crackdowns?

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.

July 5, 2011 6 Comments

Was The Arab Spring Inspired By Moses?

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

June 22, 2011 Comment

Amid Crackdown, Syria’s Foreign Minister Promises ‘Example Of Democracy’

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.

June 14, 2011 Comment

US Helps Dissidents Skirt Blockades With ‘Internet In A Suitcase’ Project

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.

May 30, 2011 Comment

Israel Closely Watches Arab Spring

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.

May 23, 2011 Comment

Egypt’s Wael Ghonim: ‘Through Technology You Can Actually Help Change The World’

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?

May 19, 2011 Comment

President Obama Lays Out Plan For Middle East, North Africa

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.

May 3, 2011 Comment

For Arab Youth, Bin Laden Was Already History

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.

April 28, 2011 2 Comments

Did Egypt’s Novelists Inspire The Protests In Tahrir Square?

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.

April 19, 2011 2 Comments

Where Do Exiled Dictators Go?

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.

April 6, 2011 Comment

Islamist Group In Egypt Raises New Concerns

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.

March 30, 2011 Comment

What’s Next In Egypt, And Where Are Youth Leaders?

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.

March 1, 2011 2 Comments

H&N Blog: Libyan Unrest Fuels Refugee Crisis

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.

February 23, 2011 2 Comments

Libyan Protesters Make Gains, Bahrain King Seeks Saudi Help

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.

February 22, 2011 Comment

Crackdown In Libya Leaves Residents Frightened

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.

February 22, 2011 4 Comments

Attack Of Journalist Lara Logan Raises Questions For Female Correspondents

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.

February 21, 2011 Comment

Turmoil Continues To Spread Through The Mideast And North Africa

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.

February 18, 2011 5 Comments

As Protests Spread In Middle East, History Comes Alive For US Students

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.

February 14, 2011 Comment

As Unrest Spreads Through Mideast, Human Rights Activists Search For Egypt’s Missing

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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