Jordan Facing Food Price Rises
VIDEO: Last year as protests spread across the Arab world, people in Jordan also protested about the price of food. It is still an issue in Amman.
‘Show of Force’ By Islamists in Morocco
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The march was in support of Palestine but there was no doubting the underlying message.
365 Days That Changed Syria Forever
SYRIA NEWS WIRE: It began with a small demonstration by young people in Deraa. The flames have spread and now engulf the nation.
The Arab Spring in Salalah: A Success Story
DHOFARI GUCCI: It’s a year since the Arab Spring hit Salalah and the results have been impressive.
Jordan Poll: Don’t Protest Unless Overthrowing Government
NASEEM TARAWNAH: Even after a year of demonstrations, the overwhelming majority still believe they cannot criticize the government openly.
Psychological Warfare: ‘External Forces Are Behind Protests – SCAF ‘Leaked’ Report
RANIA AL MALKY: What SCAF did not take into consideration deploying its “Clockwork Orange” conditioning scheme, was the vigilance of new Egyptians.
Egyptian Protesters Demand Military Step Down in Wake of ‘Blue Bra’ Beating
JUAN COLE: If the military can depict the youth as wild men to the middle classes, it thinks it might remain in power, with a fig leaf of elections.
Edgy Damascus: Jesuit Priest Asked to Leave Syria
MICH CAFE: A fortnight ago, Fr. Paolo posted a Christmas message on the monastery’s web site. The message did not go down well in Damascus.
‘Arab Spring’ Map: Not to be Taken too Seriously
DAVID ROBERTS: The author clearly has, how should we put it?, an incomplete knowledge of the region but it’s an amusing take on recent regional events.
Flash Mobs: The Changing Tactics of Syria’s Protesters
THE AJNABI: With the sustained and brutal crackdown on opposition protests continuing, Syrian activists have had to adopt new tactics.
Bahrain: A Headache For Obama and Blatter
JAMES M. DORSEY: Mr. Obama does not want to put at risk the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet; nor does he want to cross what is a red line for Saudi.
The Chants for Change Reach Loyalist Damascus
THE AJNABI: It’s a cry that’s familiar from viewing images of Tahrir Square, Yemen and Hama but it’s the first time I’ve heard it in a wealthy, Damascus suburb.
The Slightly Creepy Pro-Government Damascus Carnival – Colourful, And Forced
THE AJNABI: When I say encouraged, I mean it in the mukhabarat’s sense of the word. School children and government employees were bussed in…
No Big Sleep for the MidEast’s Remaining Thugs
MICHAEL J. TOTTEN: Now that the Arab revolt is slamming hard into Bashar al-Assad’s Baath Party in Syria, no dictator will be able to sleep without consuming copious amounts of pills.
Bahrain Sportspeople Arrested, Sacked for Protests
JAMES M. DORSEY: Bahraini sports clubs have dismissed at least 12 sports people and executives because they participated in anti-government demonstrations.
Qataris Rally in Support of Libya Strikes
OMAR CHATRIWALA: Scores of people rallied outside Libya’s embassy in Qatar on Sunday, calling for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to go. “I want [Gaddafi] dead,” said one.
Situation Critical for Increasingly Divided Bahrain
STEVE ROYSTON: Since the GCC forces arrived in Bahrain, the Iranian bogeyman has also surfaced with renewed vigour. The Iranians have described the CGG intervention as “interference”.
Tunisia – Battle moves to Media for Hearts & Minds
TMND: These groups believe it has been exaggerated. Opposition elements and a shameless Al-Jazeera, they seem to say, have blown the whole thing out of proportion
Suicide Sparks Unrest, Spreads throughout Tunisia
THE MOOR NEXT DOOR: Following the suicide of a young, unemployed man in Sidi Bouzid, demonstrations have broken out all over Tunisia.