The Abandoned Children of Egypt’s Arab Spring

The world needs to let the Egyptians know it hasn’t forgotten how it once admired those courageous young people who dared to dream of a better future.

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Tunisians Approve New Constitution That Undercuts Democracy

The charter, passed in a referendum, cements the almost absolute power that President Kais Saied seized over the past year, when he has ruled mostly by decree.

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Tunisians Vote on Constitution That Could Threaten Their Democracy

The new charter would enshrine into law a vast expansion of executive power under President Kais Saied in the past year.

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Tunisia’s President, Kais Saied, Proposes New Constitution

The proposal, which will be put to a national referendum on July 25, would enshrine the significant steps he has taken over the past year to dismantle the North African nation’s young democracy.

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In Egypt’s Big Ramadan TV Drama, the President Is the Hero

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says “The Choice” tells the truth about his rise. Critics say it’s a rewriting of recent history from an industry increasingly cowed under his rule.

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Mideast Feels the Pinch of Rising Food Prices as Ramadan Nears

Russia’s war on Ukraine has driven up the prices of staple foods and energy across the Middle East and North Africa ahead of the Muslim holy month of daytime fasting and nighttime feasting.

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Ukraine War Strains North Africa Economies

Egypt imports most of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine, and is looking for alternative suppliers. And Tunisia was struggling to pay for grain imports even before the conflict.

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A Historic Verdict, and a New Front in the Global Fight for Human Rights

The first time anyone from the Syrian regime is judged guilty of its crimes is in a German court. What justice does it bring to Syrians?

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Pressure Mounts on Tunisia’s President to Salvage the Economy

When President Kais Saied seized power in July, he vowed to rescue the failing economy. Tunisians are still waiting for him to fulfill that pledge.

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Qaddafi’s Son Is Alive, and He Wants to Take Back Libya

In the decade since Libya’s dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi was overthrown, the country has devolved into chaos. Now, his son is plotting a political comeback.

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Tunisians Recall Revolution Reluctantly, if at All: ‘It Just Faded Away’

When a monument to those killed in the 2011 uprising was recently damaged, few took notice or even cared in a town, and country, where there is now more regret than a wish to remember.

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‘What Have We Done With Democracy?’ A Decade On, Arab Spring Gains Wither

Tunisia, birthplace of the pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Arab world, now looks to many like a final confirmation of failed promise.

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Islamists See Big Losses in Moroccan Parliamentary Elections

The moderate Justice and Development Party may have lost control of Parliament, according to early results, in the latest defeat for Islamists in the region.

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Populist Hero or Demagogue: Who Is Tunisia’s President?

As a law professor, Kais Saied preached strict adherence to the Constitution. As Tunisia’s president, he has bent it to his will. Will he save Tunisia’s democracy or destroy it?

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These Women Confront Dictators. Why Can’t We?

I’m inspired by two sisters who stood up to goons with clubs and razors in Egypt.

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What We Learned From Mubarak

Regimes that muzzle their people’s voices eventually push people into venting their frustrations from muzzles of a different sort.

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

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A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams

In 2011, Tahrir Square was at the vanguard of popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring. But hopes for a democratic Egypt were crushed and the historic square given a sterile new look.

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Khalifa Bin Salman al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, Dies at 84

During his tenure as the world’s longest-serving prime minister, he oversaw development in the Gulf kingdom, stood up for the monarchy and quashed dissent.

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The Israel-U.A.E. Deal and the Beirut Blast Both Box in Iran

With Arab neighbors more worried about Iran than Israel, is Tehran losing the battle for influence in the region?

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In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost Revolution

Memories of 2011’s Arab Spring, and its fragile hopes, have been revived in the minds of many Egyptians as they’ve watched a strikingly similar dynamic play out in the United States.

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Tragedy in the Middle East

Noah Feldman’s “The Arab Winter” tries to find hope in a grim turn of events.

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