In the midst of intense repression, Bahraini protestors honored the tenth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprisings.
Arab Spring articles on Democracy Chronicles
The Arab Spring was the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests in the Arab world following the banner of one man in Tunisia, began on 17 December 2010 with the Tunisian Revolution. Popular protests took place in many countries including Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.
Westerners’ interpretations of events and Arabs’ perceptions of themselves are still muddled a decade after the Arab Spring.
Rights groups call on Formula 1 to investigate human rights violations in Bahrain and the company’s role in whitewashing the country’s rights record.
Ten years ago, Yemenis called for change but the old guard and foreign power’s backlash crushed those hopes giving Yemen war instead.
Although the Arab Spring largely failed with dictatorships still dominant in the Arab world new activism has not been stopped by repression.
10 years on, the demo-optimism that drove the February 2011 movement for democracy in Bahrain as been crushed as the world looks on.
Although the Arab Spring of early 2011 onwards largely failed, it gave the people of the Maghreb and Middle East an appetite for change.
The chaotic, unpredictable and uneven fashion in which regimes collapsed shows that authoritarianism is highly fragile
Asking Tunisians what they thought of the perilous journey their country has made toward democracy—and what their hopes are for the future.
When the Arab Spring broke out there was much hope for reforms. However, a decade on, the hope that it would bring democracy to the Arab world looks lost.