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Kyrgyzstan: Lessons for the Arab Spring?

It has been one year since bloody ethnic clashes in the Kyrgyz city of Osh shattered the optimism that followed the revolution deposing authoritarian dictator Kurmanbek Bakiyev...longstanding tensions between Kyrgyz ...

The ‘Real’ Princes of Persia

The uprisings popularly called the 'Arab Spring' have seen regional power in the middle east wrestled away from pro-American Regimes ...

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Iraq’s Abandoned Children

Iraq is full of street kids; children with one or both parents killed, or some who have merely been abandoned. ...

Bahrain: Pro-Democracy Activists Will Stand Trial

Shia comprise about 70 per cent of Bahrain’s population, but are excluded from top government and security posts. More than 30 people have died in the unrest. ...

The Syrian Crisis…

As the Baathist regime of President Bashar al-Assad continues to arrest and slaughter demonstrators on the streets of Syria, Tayyip Erdoğan – Prime Minister of neighbouring Turkey, is being further drawn in ...

Yemen: Protests Continue
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Yemen: Protests Continue

Thousands of anti-government protesters held their ground in the Yemeni capital's Change Square, despite the president's acceptance of an Arab proposal to leave office under certain conditions after 32 years in power ...

Syria, Social Media & “Anti-Social” Activism

Many of the chants are conveniently translated for the myriad spectators and commentators. The one we hear most in Syria is “The people want to topple the regime”. Note that word. People. It is people and ...

Massacre in Camp Ashraf (April 8, 2011) [Warning: Graphic Footage]
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Massacre in Camp Ashraf (April 8, 2011) [Warning: Graphic Footage]

On April 8, 2011 - 33 defenseless civilians killed by the Iraqi Army. Warning! VERY Graphic Footage ...

The Iranian Andy Warhol

Despite restrictions in Iran, a new crop of artists creates works that blend ancient and modern history and ideas, winning acclaim at home and abroad ... ...

Egypt: Protesters Return to Tahrir square
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Egypt: Protesters Return to Tahrir square

Thousands of people have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Pro-reform activists say they fear the country's revolution is under threat. ...

Yemen: Government Shuts Down Al-Jazeera Offices
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Yemen: Government Shuts Down Al-Jazeera Offices

Authorities in Yemen have ordered Al-Jazeera's offices shut and its journalists stripped of accreditation, escalating a week-long series of reprisals against the station that has included beatings, expulsions, raids, ...

Palestine: Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation
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Palestine: Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation

A Film By Existence is Resistance and Nana Dankwa about a musical tour to Palestine teaching resistance through the arts. ...

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A reminder of what the Egyptian Revolution is all about

"It's not a political or religious uprise. It started with the Peaceful Youth and will always remain that way. It has always been peaceful from the protesters side." ...

US Soldiers Speak Out Against Iraq War
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US Soldiers Speak Out Against Iraq War

"Military men are Dumb stupid Animals who should be used as Pawns for Foreign policy." -- Henry Kissinger ...

Saudi Arabia versus Iran – The Gloves are Off!

Saudi Arabia fears Iranian influence – its Bahrain intervention has echoes of the Soviet reaction to the 1956 Hungary uprising Democracy is arriving in the Middle East, albeit slowly. But what is making progre ...

Israel/Gaza: Violence Reignited?
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Israel/Gaza: Violence Reignited?

...if the situation gets worse, how will the US respond to its closest ally in trouble, while it's waging three wars? ...

Rap News 7: #Revolution!
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Rap News 7: #Revolution!

Rap News, Episode 7: It's 2011 and amid a flurry of political leaks and revelations, revolutions have rolled across North Africa and The Middle East, sweeping regimes and dictatorships before them. Join your host Rob ...

British Arms & Mid East Uprisings

Saudi-manned British arms are silencing pro-democracy demonstrators in Bahrain. ...

Saudi Arabia: Thousands Protest
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Saudi Arabia: Thousands Protest

Look, but listen to the people! ...

The So-Called West & The So-Called Arab World

“Any bombing of Libyan territory could provoke a large-scale conflict between the so-called West and the so-called Arab world,” said Vitaly Churkin, a Russian Parliamentary leader. ...