Arab Spring

Ouster of Elected Egyptian President Is a Hammer Blow to Arab Democracy

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

As an historic nation, Egypt matters more to the Arab and Muslim world. The implication of yesterday's dangerous move by Egyptian military could be dire. No sane person would want Egypt to return to its dark days.

As Morsi's Presidency Ebbs Away Egypt Is Dangerously Divided

The Conversation UK | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

It is a fact that, across the Middle East and North Africa, the so-called "Arab Spring" has highlighted the relevance of the public sphere, an area in social life where individuals can come together to freely discuss and identify societal problems and through that discussion influence political action.

Protesters Storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

Protesters in Egypt have stormed the headquarters of the nation's ruling party, demanding the resignation of Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Morsi...

LOOK: Egypt Demonstrations

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK

Thousands of people have gathered in cities across Egypt to demand the resignation of the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, amid growing fears of a ...

Sex Toys and Uprising in Egypt

Patrick Keddie | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Keddie

Somehow, I found myself in a lingerie shop in Maadi, south Cairo. The shop manager, demure in her hijab, glanced towards the door, then reached behind the till and pulled out a small, embroidered wooden box. Again, she glanced towards the door before opening the lid. A row of vibrators lay on the felt lining...

Waiting for a Revolution

Alastair Carr | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

Egyptians incessantly berate me for "listening to the shit the media says", without it I would be completely oblivious. The immense size and routine madness of this place hide the pre-revolutionary sparks while the omnipresence of propaganda neutralizes its own desired effect.

Social Media and the New World Order

Nick Jones | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Tech
Nick Jones

t's been over 10 years now since social media emerged and its influence on the world has never been more evident than it has been this year. As has been well documented, Facebook may have started as a kind of university prank, but its impact has grown at break-neck speed, spawning a whole generation of similar networks which now have the power to prompt political change.

More Barbarism Is No Solution to the Barbarism Already Unleashed in Syria

John Wight | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Syria is now the frontline in a struggle between western powers intent on a unipolar world, and a Russian and Chinese-led multipolar alternative in wh...

Syrian Briton Ali Almanasfi Is Alive

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Tam Hussein

Ali Almanasfi, the Briton of Syrian heritage purportedly killed by a regime ambush in Idlib on 31 May is alive. He got in touch with me via Skype. We spoke for approximately an hour. I saw his face sporting a bushy beard, he looked well.

My First Night(Morning) in Cairo

Alastair Carr | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

The power of the people however clichéd a term is inescapable in the streets that never empty of movement or the background noise of shouting complimented by car horns, which are used at any and every opportunity. The Egyptian Revolution, showed this at it's most awesome, yet it remains incomplete. Catharsis was not achieved.

Citizen Journalist: How Social Media Reveals the Truth in Turkey

Planet Ivy | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

This is an entirely new beast that is showing where the real democracy lies. It lies in the social media feed - the one we carry with us in our pocket all day long, the one we check on average 14 times a day. Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of recent rebellions from Brixton to Egypt, operating as an easy way to mobilise and organise protesters.

Gezi Park Protests: The Start of a 'Turkish Spring'?

Professor Alp Ozerdem | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Professor Alp Ozerdem

The Gezi Park protests may provide a chance to clear the air about this disaffection. The prime minister's Office urgently needs to find better ways of communicating with the public. Most of all the prime minister needs to start rebuilding bridges with sceptics, who want to know that the government is not above listening to their concerns.

Qardawi's Blunder

Tam Hussein | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Qardawi's call for jihad completely ignores the world as it is today: a world of nation-states. In order for there to be any progress in the Syrian conflict, Islamists of all colors and sectarian persuasions must throw out sectarian rhetoric. They must reconcile themselves with the idea that all Syrians are citizens and should not take the sectarian bait.

Jessica Elgot

'The Halo Has Slipped' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK

The brutal reaction of Turkish police to the Occupy Gezi protests in Istanbul could have permanently damaged the country's reputation, a leading exper...

Should We Be Teaching Our Future Leaders to Rationalise Violence?

Nash Riggins | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

Eton of all schools should know better. After all, by providing this question to teens who - more than likely - will be running Britain in 30 years' time, educators are only planting a seed in each student's head that suggests it's somehow okay to shoot dead protesters in order to coil unrest.

UK To Push For Syrian Arms Embargo To Be Lifted

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

The UK will push for the European Union's arms embargo on Syria to be lifted to enable the potential supply of weapons to forces fighting against Bash...

Topless Tunisian Protester 'Facing Two Years In Jail' After Femen Protest

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

Activist Amina Tyler is reportedly facing two years in jail after her arrest in Tunisia earlier this month. The 19-year-old, who was threatened wi...

Blowing Up the Nusra Front

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

In the past two years, Western media coverage has focused on the growing popularity of Salafist jihadi groups like the Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) in Syria. These groups have become both an argument to intervene militarily, as well as a reason to stay out.

Egypt's Challenge - Far From Cairo

Shaimaa Khalil | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Shaimaa Khalil

I was naturally nervous when I decided to travel 600 km south by train from Cairo to the town of Nagaa Hammadi by the banks of the river Nile. I wanted to see if Egypt's revolution of 2011 had changed life for people far away from the capital. My guide for the journey was a young student activist from Cairo who had grown up there.

Topless Activist 'Arrested In Tunisia' (PICTURES, VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Topless Tunisian Protester 'Facing Two Years In Jail' After Femen Protest There are reports activist Amina Tyler has been arrested after da...

Still Dreaming of Damascus: Syrian Artist Exhibits in London

Tam Hussein | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tam Hussein

The Syrian uprising has torn Syrian artists and no less Dahoul. He is clearly tortured by events back home. Yet he does not wholly support the uprising either.

Analysis: Of Red Lines and Shadow Wars

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

Syria likely has little choice in continuing to acquiesce in the shipments of weapons to Hezbollah via its territory. The last thing the Assad regime needs now is a war with Israel, but it is now far too weak to call the shots itself.

Ignoring the Torture of Our Own Citizens Demonstrates How Far Britain Is Willing to Go to Preserve Its Cost Relationship With Brutal Gulf Dictatorships

James Elliott | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

The British government recently sat down with torturers and did business. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents, Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents, but British citizens. "but British citizens.

Does Democracy Begin at Home? Why Many People With Learning Disabilities Won't Vote Tomorrow

Su Sayer | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Su Sayer

Something struck me while the Arab Spring was spreading throughout the Middle East in 2011. The main reason so much of the British media and public was enthusiastic about these revolutions was the hope they would result in the spread of democracy to other countries.

The Syrian Brotherhood's Man in London: An Interview with Zuheir Salem

Tam Hussein | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Out of all the places to meet Zuheir Salem, the number two man of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB), a David Brent-style office in Alperton, north London, is probably the least expected. The office of the SMB is so elusive that even the security guard does not know what the SMB are or what they do.