December 18, 2010 - unclear end date
What is Arab Spring?
"The remarkable series of popular uprisings in 2011 that challenged long established autocratic regimes across North Africa and the Middle East--which became known as the Arab Spring--were driven by young people. About 60% of the region's population is under 30. These millions of youths organized their protests with a new tool, social media. They had diverse aspirations, but above all, they shared one dream: they sought to be treated as citizens, not subjects. In Tunisia and Egypt, the protesters won Round 1 in spectacular fashion. Elsewhere, things got messier: violence spread, civil war erupted, and entrenched powers--sectarian, ethnic and tribal--asserted themselves. The future remains in play, but one fact is clear: the Arab world will never be the same."
What was the role of religion?
- Mosques- protesters received motivation and a place to prepare for demonstrations
- Quran- inspired individuals to take a position on economics and social deprivation
What has changed?
Women: Participated and were tough people but have a long road of struggle ahead of them to secure their rights and equality
Social and political unrest including high unemployment, food inflation, corruption, lack of freedom of speech
Government blocked all internet access in order to limit protesters use of media to organize
January 25, 2011
Rising civil war, Tripoli was a site of protesters in attempt to recapture the cityFebruary 15, 2011
January 25, 2011
Protested against the government proposals to modify the constitution of Yemen, economic conditions, corruption, and resignation of the president
Called for resignation of their president, on-going civil warJanuary 26, 2011
Sunni controlling government, achieving greater political freedom, and human rights was the cause of protests here
February 14, 2011