June 21, 2012

The State of Post-American Freedom

Abe Greenwald, Contentions

What do we do about destabilizing freedom movements in the age of American indifference? The results of Obama’s hands-off doctrine are inarguable.

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TAGGED: 2012, Syria, Iran, Tunisia, Barack Obama, United States


June 13, 2012
Two Worlds Are Cracking Up
Thomas Friedman, New York Times
For many years, strategists have debated whether Turkey would be a "bridge" or a "gully" between predominantly Christian Europe and the Arab/Muslim Middle East. If Turkey were admitted to the European Union, it would be a... more ››
June 14, 2012
Tunisian Islamists Take Jihad to Syria
Domenico Quirico, La Stampa
We came here to find the new radical Islam which has become so popular since the Arab Spring. This is the house we are looking for. Going up a dark and slippery staircase, which smells of urine, sawdust and ammonia, we arrive at... more ››
Basic needs such as food and shelter are not consistently being met in Arab uprising countries, according to recent Gallup surveys. Scores on Gallup's Food and Shelter Index -- which measures residents' ability to afford both in... more ››
June 15, 2012
Salafists Rising in Tunisia
Michael Totten, Dispatches
I don’t expect Tunisia’s Salafist problem to lead to an Algeria-style civil war. It could happen, but I doubt it that it will. Tunisia has a pacifistic streak in it that’s highly unusual. Salafism, though, is an ugly... more ››
June 10, 2012
Corruption Is Still Tunisia's Challenge
Sarah Chayes, Los Angeles Times
The nation's biggest problem isn't veiled women but graft and cronyism. more ››