After witnessing round after round of layoffs in journalism, I’ve learned that you should always take the package, the sooner the better. Yet the dictators of Middle East countries gripped by massive uprisings some in situations nearly as dire as that of print media are not gracefully bowing out in return for a sweet retirement deal.
From Egypt’s Tahrir Square to Tunisia’s central Bourguiba Avenue to the plazas of Syria’s ancient cities, public squares have been at the center of the Arab Spring.
19-year-old Rojeh Reda says he hasn’t slept much the past five days. Cairo University literature student and Shakespeare buff says he and his two friends have made it their mission to patrol and monitor the streets of his neighborhood, Imbaba, a poor working-class district in Cairo
The year of the revolutions began in January, in a small country of little importance. Then the protests spread to the region’s largest and most important state, toppling a regime that had seemed firmly entrenched
The uprisings sweeping the Arab world haven’t only toppled dictatorships. Gone, too, are the old stereotypes of Arab women as passive, voiceless victims.