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The Arab Spring

IWPR in-depth coverage of the revolutions and protest movements breaking out across the Middle East provides a platform for Arab journalists and activists to air their views on and analysis of the turmoil.


Dates active: 
2011 to 2012
Lod’s old town, with the Church of St George and a mosque beside it. (Photo: George Nikolaus/Flickr)
Daniella Peled
13 Jan 12
Lod is economically depressed, but that has not led to ethnic strife in this unusually mixed Israeli town.
A protestor holds up a sign at a rally in Ireland calling for the overthrow of the Assad regime. (Photo: William Murphy/Informatique Flickr)
Daniella Peled
13 Jan 12
President Bashar al-Assad will not renounce power peacefully, according to spokesman for local action group.
A rebel fighter near the town of Bin Jawad, March 2011. This man has a Belgian-made rifle taken from the Libyan military rather than the more usual Kalashnikov. The new government will struggle to gather in all the firearms now in private hands. (Photo: Nasser Nouri/Flickr)
William Shaw
21 Dec 11
Efforts to secure weapons continue but interim rulers face uphill struggle to disarm population.
Demonstration by the Occupy Bardo movement in Tunis. (Photo: Amine Ghrabi/Flickr)
William Shaw
16 Dec 11
Activists want to hold new leaders to original aims of revolution, even as public tires of protest.
Election posters in Cairo. (Photo: Kim Chi Hoon/Flickr)
Katharine Helmore
9 Dec 11
Two Islamic parties win in first round of elections, leaving liberal groupings far behind.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting representatives of the Syrian National Council in Geneva, December 6, 2011. (Photo: Eric Bridiers /US State Department/Flickr)
Poppy McPherson
8 Dec 11
Growing efforts to present united front to international community.
Yemeni vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi is seen as the most likely winner of the February 2012 presidential ballot. (Photo: Almaghi/Wikicommons)
William Shaw
1 Dec 11
Interim leader could replace Ali Abdullah Saleh as elected president but questions remain about how much he would be in control.
Demonstrators in Cairo, November 26, 2011. (Photo: Lilian Wagdy/Flickr)
Khaled Diab
29 Nov 11
Army presented itself as saviour of spring revolution, but is proving to be just the opposite.
Fouad Razek
25 Nov 11
Even state broadcasters are airing criticism, although red lines for free speech remain.