Firmly into 2012, how are the Arab revolutions developing? Perhaps they are bored or tired out of the protest gig of 2011 already. We check in with some of the Arab protest pictures to gauge to what extent they have reached revolution saturation, or on the contrary are just getting started. Are they showing signs of protest fatigue, or instead symtoms of a revolutionary frenzy?
Are they picking up momentum or tapering off to a standstill? Have these Arab awakenings spread as far as they can go into the protest- engulfed Arab states, or have they left any states still unturned?
The outlook is generally less protests
While predictions for the so-called Arab Spring to sweep the wider world into its tempestuous vortex looked likely by the end of 2011, the reality in 2012 is that some Arab nations may be a little protested-out, spent of all urges and resources to keep up the 'revolution'.
Are they stalling, faltering, dying out, or indeed revving up and really getting underway as in Syria? Syria, with over 5,000 fatalities may be yet to come into full protest swing, after a slow-start that picked up its pace and accelerated from the Summer til February where, reaching full frenzy, it seems to have found its uprising groove.
Countries spent of protesting include Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, maybe Yemen; whereas countries only just warming up into the swing of revolutions are possibly Jordan, Morocco, Saudi and Kuwait. But only time and zeitgeist will tell, as some of the more protest-exhausted long to return to their businesses and ordinary daily lives. Regardless of whether the goals of the revolution have been fully met or not, some have run out of steam and would rather resume their days un-threatened by further protest installments, life-loss and disruption to their livelihoods.