Arab Spring

The Mantle

We are anguished by the loss of life as a result of a war that has been raging for three years in Syria. Equally, we are dismayed by the insincerity and ineptitude of the “international community” to broker a political resolution to a tragic situation. In response to the chemical weapons attack of August 21st, which took the lives hundreds of Syrians, the people of the United States appear to have finally become aware of the conflict.

Patricia DeGennaro

It is way past the time to sit back and take a deep breath and rethink this reflexive rush to military solutions to foreign policy conundrums.

Emily Cody

Sudan’s most recent spate of demonstrations that began on 16 June at the University of Khartoum and have since spread across the country have been a long time coming. Similar student demonstrations began in late January 2011 and were revived in January 2012. Both were met with strong crackdowns by police and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Patricia DeGennaro

Beirut’s Zaitunay Bay, an upscale waterfront property just below the towering Four Seasons hotel, is a wonderful place to people watch and enjoy the breeze from the sea. Yachts from all over the world park there enjoying the beauty of Lebanon and the glowing sunshine. On my way out of this heavenly enclave, I see young men from the Gulf joy riding in an imported red Ferrari. All of this lavish wealth shelters those who would like to ignore what is happening just miles away.

Yahia Lababidi

What is the role of the poet during times of crisis? Yahia Lababidi, an Egyptian poet living in the United States, claims the role of the poet is to provide a "vision." That is, the poet (and all artists) can provide more insight into events rather than just mere sight. Touching on Kierkegaard and Kafka, Darwish and Mattawa, Lababidi reflects on the Arab Spring and its visionary poetics.

Shaun Randol

Review* of Emna Zghal’s solo exhibition, Plato/Pineapple at Miyako Yoshinaga art prospects, New York City, February 2 – March 10, 2012


Shaun Randol

In 458 B.C.E., Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus—at the request of high ranking officials—came out of retirement to rule as Roman dictator. The Aequians, who lived in the central Appennines of Italy, were fighting for their independence from Rome. The capital was in danger of losing control.

Ed Hancox

Former Bush Administration official Elliott Abrams has taken to the pages of Foreign Policy to offer a defense of the Neoconservative policies that were a hallmark of the Bush-era world view, and to link them with the ongoing Arab Spring movement (note: author/pundit Niall Ferguson was also pushing this argument on Sunday's episode of “Fareed Zakaria GPS”).  It is an odd defense on th

World Policy Journal

by Lily-Hayes Kaufman

Emily Cody

On 27 December Judge Aly Fekry of the Cairo Administrative Court banned virginity testing of female detainees.