ARAB SPRING

  • Tunisians hold first fair presidential election November 23, 2014

    Tunis: Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy. Many Tunisians weighed security against the freedoms brought by their revolution and by its democratic transition, which has remained on...
  • At least 42 killed in suicide bombing in Yemeni capital October 9, 2014

    A suicide bomber killed at least 42 people on Thursday when he detonated an explosives-laden belt in a district of the Yemeni capital where the powerful Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement had planned to hold a rally, medics and witnesses said. A witness in Sanaa counted at least 20 bodies immediately after...
  • Egypt: Morsi calls it a 'full coup' as army ousts him July 4, 2013

    Cairo: Egypt's first democratically elected president was overthrown by the military Wednesday, ousted after just one year in office by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that brought the Islamist leader to power. The armed forces announced they would install a temporary civilian government to replace Islamist President Mohammed Morsi,...
  • 22 million Egyptians sign petition to oust Morsi June 30, 2013

    Cairo: More than 22 million Egyptians have signed a petition calling for the country's Islamist president to step down, the youth group leading the signature campaign said on Saturday on the eve of mass protests aimed at forcing Mohammed Morsi from office. The planned demonstrations, which could plunge Egypt once...
  • Number of Syrian refugees reaches million mark: UN March 6, 2013

    Geneva: The number of Syrians who have fled their country since a deadly civil conflict erupted two years ago has hit one million, the UN's refugee agency said on Wednesday. "With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every...
  • Will online freedom of speech decrease even further? January 11, 2013

    The internet's a brave new world in so many waysdriven by the young invigorating the old. About 150 million Indians are on the web now. Earlier, to express ideas publicly, you had to go through a newspaper, magazine, TV or a radio station before. The guardians of media regulated how...
  • Protests against gangrape India's Arab Spring: Zakaria January 8, 2013

    Washington: The popular protest across India against the brutal gangrape case of a 23yearold medical student, in a way is the country's Arab Spring, believes Fareed Zakaria, one of the most influential foreign policy journalist in the US. "In a way, this is India's Arab Spring. But it needs to...
  • The Last Word: Tony Blair on Middle East crisis, media regulation December 10, 2012

    In this episode of The Last Word, Karan Thapar interviews exBritish Prime Minister Tony Blair and gets him to speak on the crisis in the Middle East and the need for media regulation. ...
  • Gandhi Jayanti: poster contest at Cairo's Tahrir Square October 3, 2012

    Cairo: Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary has been observed in Egypt where a poster contest was organised to capture the essence of his message at the iconic Tahrir Square which witnessed a peaceful prodemocracy revolution last year. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri and renowned Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla jointly garlanded Gandhi's bust...
  • Assange mocks Obama, accuses him of twofacedness September 27, 2012

    United Nations: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the US of playing dual politics supporting a revolution in the Middle East, while at the same time, gagging his whistleblower organisation. "It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American teargas out of their...
  • Al Qaeda calls for Arab Springstyle revolt in Pak March 17, 2012

    Dubai: AlQaeda chief Ayman alZawahiri has called on Pakistanis to revolt against their government and military in a video posted on the Internet on Friday, US monitors said. In a 10minute speech uploaded to jihadist forums, Zawahiri argued that the Pakistani authorities only represented US interests, according to a statement from...
  • Yemen votes, seals Saleh's exit February 21, 2012

    Aden: Yemen sealed President Ali Abdullah Saleh's exit from power on Tuesday by electing his deputy to shepherd the country away from the brink of civil war. Vice President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi, the sole, consensus candidate, billed the vote as a way to move on after months of protests against...
  • Has the promise of the Arab Spring faded? February 4, 2012

    In January 2011 we saw images of hope and the rise of people power in Egypt's Tahrir Square. The crowds pushed President Mubarak out then, but a year later the protestors are still there. Has the promise of the Arab Spring faded? ...
  • Has the promise of the Arab Spring faded? February 2, 2012

    In January 2011 we saw images of hope and the rise of people power in Egypt's Tahrir Square. The crowds pushed President Mubarak out then, but a year later the protestors are still there. Has the promise of the Arab Spring faded? ...
  • How one Egyptian sold a revolution on the Web January 20, 2012

    Los Angeles: Wael Ghonim doesn't like being called an activist. The 31yearold Google employee says he's no different than other Egyptians who took part in the 2011 protests spurred by a Facebook page he created that forced thenpresident Hosni Mubarak to step down. "I'm just someone with access to the Internet...
  • Syrian president must stop violence: UN chief January 15, 2012

    Beirut: The UN Secretary General on Sunday demanded that Syria's president stop killing his own people, and said the "old order" of oneman rule and family dynasties is over in the Middle East. In a keynote address at a conference on democracy in the Arab world, Ban Kimoon said the revolutions...
  • Will 2012 be more peaceful than 2011? January 10, 2012

    I think it's a sign of the times that protest movements like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the American Tea Party, and the anticorruption movement in India have predominantly been nonviolent, although they have led to some violent reactions from governments. This is not always the case. Often, when...
  • India, Israel must take strong action on Syria: Steinitz December 23, 2011

    Israeli Finance Minister Dr Yuval Steinitz, who was in India to negotiate a free trade agreement. He says India and Israel need to take stronger action on Syria and other countries of the Arab spring. ...
  • Cradle of Arab Spring celebrates 1st anniversary December 18, 2011

    Sidi Bouzid: Tens of thousands of people packed a provincial town square to celebrate the first anniversary on Saturday of Tunisia's democratic revolution in the place where it began, unleashing a tide of popular revolt that has transformed the Arab world. The festive mood in Sidi Bouzid was tempered somewhat, however,...
  • 2011: Auditing the Arab Spring December 15, 2011

    At a small gathering of top Indian executives and management professionals in Bangalore this December, Egyptian blogger and spokesman for the 'April 6th movement' Waleed Rashed was explaining how the Tahrir Square crowds were inspired and organized by their youth movement founded in the spring of 2008. "Few of you would...
  • Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote October 25, 2011

    Tunis: Moderate Islamists claimed victory on Monday in Tunisia's first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that longsidelined Islamists are challenging for power after the "Arab Spring." Official results have not been announced, but the Ennahda party said its workers had tallied the results posted at...
  • Gaddafi killed: Did NATO exceed its mandate? October 22, 2011

    Suhasini Haidar: Hello and welcome to this week's edition of WorldView with me Suhasini Haidar. Tonight Gaddafi's dead but he has left behind some troubling questions we are asking tonight. Did NATO overstep its mandate in Libya and what's next for all of West Asia? We have some special guest...
  • World View: Suhasini Haidar's take on Arab Spring September 15, 2011

    The Arab Spring caught the world by surprise. Unlike countries like the US, Britain and France on one side, and Russia and China on the other all of whom quickly took strong positions, India chose a cautious approach; even as thousands came out on the streets in Tunis, Benghazi, Cairo,...
  • Established democracies face a summer of despair August 13, 2011

    New Delhi/Jerusalem: The hopes of the Arab Spring have, for some of the world's most established democracies, given way to a Summer of Despair. Riots in Britain. Crippling European debt burdens from Greece to Spain. In India, a deluge of corruption scandals that have crippled the world's largest democracy as...