14 Facts About Arab Spring


Arab Spring was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s.

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Wave of initial revolutions and protests faded by mid-2012, as many Arab Spring demonstrations were met with violent responses from authorities, as well as from pro-government militias, counter-demonstrators, and militaries.

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Recent uprisings in Sudan and Algeria show that the conditions that started the Arab Spring have not faded and political movements against authoritarianism and exploitation are still occurring.

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Term Arab Spring is an allusion to the Revolutions of 1848, which are sometimes referred to as the "Springtime of Nations", and the Prague Spring in 1968, in which a Czech student, Jan Palach, set himself on fire as Mohamed Bouazizi did.

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Arab Spring caused the "biggest transformation of the Middle East since decolonization".

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Arab Spring was killed on 20 October 2011 in his hometown of Sirte after the NTC took control of the city.

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Arab Spring's passport was confiscated and nearly $140, 000 were stolen from his personal bank account.

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The Arab Spring Winter was characterized by extensive civil wars, general regional instability, economic and demographic decline of the Arab Spring League and overall religious wars between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

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In other countries, particularly Syria and Libya, the apparent result of Arab Spring protests was a complete societal collapse.

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One of the primary influences that have been highlighted in the analysis of the Arab Spring is the relative strength or weakness of a society's formal and informal institutions prior to the revolts.

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Still to this day, in countries affected by the Arab Spring, there is great division amongst those who prefer the status quo and those who want democratic change.

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The support of the military in Arab Spring protests has been linked to the degree of ethnic homogeneity in different societies.

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The Arab Spring revolutions, argues Bayat, "lacked any associated intellectual anchor" and the predominant voices, "secular and Islamists alike, took free market, property relations, and neoliberal rationality for granted" and uncritically.

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Defeat of the Arab Spring has seemed likely to extinguish this glimmer of hope, to return the Arab world to the tyrannical duopoly of military and oil and to crush the will of the people in the struggle between Sunni and Shia, between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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