Tag: Middle East and North Africa Unrest (2010- )

In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost Revolution

CAIRO — A brutal police killing. A wave of public anger that sends citizens rushing into the streets, clashing with the police. Journalists under attack. A president who justifies draconian measures by invoking the threat of saboteurs and terrorists. That was the Arab Spring in Egypt almost a decade ago. But in recent days those […]

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Tragedy in the Middle East

THE ARAB WINTERA TragedyBy Noah Feldman During the early days of the Arab Spring in 2011, there was an indefinable moment when the street protests became something larger than a mass of people chanting slogans and holding up signs. A whole nation seemed to rise up as one and find its voice. For those of […]

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Autocrats’ Dilemma: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

CAIRO — When the virus hit, the strongmen hit back as they know best. For Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, that meant deploying chemical warfare troops, clad in protective suits and armed with disinfectant, to the streets of Cairo, in a theatrical display of military muscle projected via social media. Russia’s leader, Vladimir V. Putin, […]

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‘The Uprising,’ a Masterpiece of iPhone Cinema

Steven Soderbergh, after shooting his 2018 feature “Unsane” with an iPhone, declared smartphone cinema to be the future.” Yet the technology is also a window on the recent past, as shown in the largely unknown masterpiece, “The Uprising,” a 2014 film by the British journalist and documentarian Peter Snowdon. Snowdon shot no footage to make […]

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‘He Didn’t Want to Lie in a Grave That Couldn’t Be Visited’

When my father died last April in Baltimore, he had finally given up the desire to be buried next to his parents in a cemetery in Damascus, Syria. That he had time to ponder where to be buried was the burden of knowing for several years that he was dying. It was also the luxury, […]

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In Mubarak’s Legacy, Egyptians See the Failings of the Arab Spring

CAIRO — In his final years, Hosni Mubarak basked in the affection of his family and his supporters. The former autocrat, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was photographed at a Mediterranean beach resort with a smiling granddaughter on his knee. His sons, once viewed as pariahs by many Egyptians, appeared at nightclubs and soccer […]

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