arab spring

A PhD journey from Sabratah to Stellenbosch

By Alec Basson From Sabratah in western Libya to Stellenbosch in the Boland – this is the journey that Dr Eman Teer had to travel to complete her doctorate in Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU). Having done research on the how inflammation and blood clotting increase the prevalence of[…]

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Hosni Mubarak walks free after six years in jail

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said. Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the 2011 revolt that ousted[…]

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‘Arab Spring’ cost Middle East economies $600bn

The so-called Arab Spring of 2011 has cost the region’s economies an estimated $614bn of growth because of governmental changes, continuing conflict and falling oil prices, according to a United Nations agency. The figure from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), equivalent to 6 percent of[…]

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Extinguishing the flames of the Arab Spring

Five years ago today, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old street vendor, set himself on fire outside a local municipal office in his hometown of Sidi Bouzid to protest against police corruption – a solitary act that would set off a stunning chain of events throughout the Arab world.In the years since[…]

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Tunisia’s noble success, where many have failed

OPINION by Abdulrahman al-Rashed – The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet in October. It was awarded to people who worked to prevent their country from falling into the abyss due to the winds of change during the Arab Spring. What the people of Tunisia[…]

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‘Free’ Tunisia polls offer ray of hope

Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia’s landmark “free” elections, after the opposition conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation through the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, congratulated its[…]

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