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10 years ago today, it all began: the Assad regime in Syria started rounding up and torturing teenage kids in Deraa who, inspired by the Arab Spring protests in Tunisia and Egypt, wrote anti-regime graffiti on the walls. What a decade of tragedy and suffering for that country.

No other Arab Spring or Arab Spring 2.0 country has experienced such a sustained mobilization of nonviolent and large-scale protests as Algeria's Hirak movement, yet the military-backed leaders still refuse to allow a genuine democratic opening.

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Should Biden take more direct action vs. MBS? What should we make of US strikes on Iran-affiliated militias in Syria? And how to view the Middle East 10 yrs after the Arab Spring? Pt. 2 of my conversation w/ @OSullivanMeghan , @NickKristof  & @MiddleEast_HKS’s Tarek Masoud:

If Trump was in charge during Arab Spring, he would have been terrible. He likely would have doubled down on dictators, but perhaps that would've still been better than what Obama did, which was the worst of both worlds, telling Arabs he was with them and then betraying them.

Whether Trump or Obama was worse on the Middle East isn't a question with an obvious answer. My view is that Trump's was worse in intent but Obama's was worse in effect, mostly because Obama had to respond to the Arab Spring where Trump didn't.

#OPINION : The aftermath of the “War on Terror”, repeated missteps after the Arab Spring and Washington’s urge to withdraw from the region, have ushered in a new era of Middle East power dynamics, write @HafedAlGhwell 

The 4th part of our Arab Spring series "Lost Decade." One thing that went wrong: the foreign powers who piled in to compete for influence in collapsing countries, elevating local conflicts into regional wars. Libya is a prime example

The United Arab Emirates is scaling back its role in foreign conflicts, accelerating a shift from policies it pursued after the 2011 Arab Spring

The United Arab Emirates is scaling back its role in foreign conflicts, accelerating a shift from policies it pursued after the 2011 Arab Spring and during the Trump presidency EXCLUSIVE via @bpolitics  @Bfly 

The United Arab Emirates is scaling back its role in foreign conflicts, accelerating a shift from policies it pursued after the 2011 Arab Spring via @bpolitics 

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THREAD 👇 TN#OnThisDay  10 years ago, a Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouzid and triggered the Arab Spring. His cousin, Ali, reflects on that fateful day and the days that followed ⬇️

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The Arab Spring rose up to fight corruption, repression, inequality and austerity. The Lebanon and Iraq protests show this spirit is still very much alive. If we want a progressive future, we need to build up a global movement of and for working people.

More from Egypt tonight, because, wow. This is Mahalla which you could argue is where the Arab Spring really began, on April 6, 2008.

Egyptians are taking to the streets tonight to call for the fall of Sisi. How incredibly brave after everything that’s happened. The Arab Spring is not over yet

The police presence in Admiralty today feels like Beijing during the Arab Spring. There was a call for protest in Wangfujing, but only a few turned up and were quickly surrounded by police

1/ The 2010-2012 Arab Spring protests were not an isolated phenomenon. Rather, they were acute manifestations of an increasing global trend of mass protests. A new @csis_isp  report from @samwashdc  examines the growth of mass protests around the word.

Chelsea Manning's leaks: * exposed video of US gunning down unarmed innocents & journalists * documented systemic war crimes in Iraq & Afghanistan * helped end the Iraq War by preventing new agreement to keep troops * fueled Arab Spring by exposing corrupt regimes (Bill Keller)

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