A Look Back at the Arab Spring

Thursday, December 29, 2011

One of the biggest stories of the year was the Arab Spring. Starting in Tunisia and spreading to Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, the ongoing protests across the Middle East and Northern Africa toppled decades-old dictatorships and forever changed the world's perception of the region. 

The Takeaway speaks to two guests who were personally affected by the 2011 uprisings. Raja Althaibani, a Yemeni-American, and Nancy Yousef, an Egyptian-American, give their personal takes on what happened over the year and what lies ahead for the region in 2012.

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Ben from Michigan

Despite the feeling that we should not have gone to war with Iraq. I can't help but wonder if the US overthrow of the Iraq and Afganistan governments and the replacement of them with democracies had anything to do with the Arab Spring. That maybe these other Arab countries thought it possible to have Democracy as well and that the US might help them if they just rose up to fight. So I guess maybe it was a good idea to go to war with Iraq even if we were lied to about the reason. Would we have done it if the reason was to build democracies and start an Arab Spring?

Dec. 29 2011 10:11 AM

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