January 31, 2012

George W. Bush, Disliked But Appreciated

Margaret Weiss, Daily Star


The foreign policy of the United States is not a top concern for most Americans, who are struggling to make ends meet and are afflicted with growing election fever. However, in the Arab world Washington’s foreign policy has many feeling disappointed and abandoned as they continue to struggle more than a year into the Arab uprisings. Despite the initial enthusiasm for President Barack Obama, the administration’s reactive, incoherent policies toward the Arab uprisings have some Arabs reminiscing about the Bush years.

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TAGGED: George W. Bush, Arab Spring


January 21, 2012
New Generation of Islamists Steps Forward
Oliver Roy, Washington Post
Everywhere, the Muslim Brotherhood is benefiting from a democratization it did not trigger. There is a political vacuum because the liberal vanguard that initiated the Arab Spring did not try, and did not want, to take power.... more ››
January 23, 2012
U.S. Better Get Used to Islamist Governments
Jackson Diehl, Wash Post
It would be nice to think that the withdrawal of Rick Perry from the GOP presidential race last week had something to do with the boneheaded remark he made about Turkey recently in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., debate. The exchange... more ››
January 21, 2012
No Easy Path to Modernity for Arab World
Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
A year ago, as he watched the great uprisings in Tunis and Cairo, French scholar Olivier Roy declared that they marked the end of Islamist politics. “If you look at the people who launched these revolts,” he wrote,... more ››
January 20, 2012
Islamism Is Not Egypt's Biggest Problem
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
On holiday in northern Egypt last week, I saw close-up the catastrophic state of the country's tourist sector, and how far international trade and business have languished. more ››
January 30, 2012
Rap and the Revolutions
Sujatha Fernandes, New York Times
DEF JAM will probably never sign them, but Cheikh Oumar Cyrille Touré, from a small town about 100 miles southeast of Dakar, Senegal, and Hamada Ben Amor, a 22-year-old man from a port city 170 miles southeast of Tunis, may be... more ››