Arab Spring Redux: Top of the Popular Charts
More than 18 months since the winds of change started to blow, where has the Arab Spring taken the region? Al Bawaba brings you "Top of the Pops"- popular revolts not popular music: our Arab Spring Redux charts. See the pictures above to find out what's been shaken in the Middle East and North Africa: who's been dumped, who's been winning elections, who are the movers and the shakers, and who looks set to be the hottest act of 2013. Continue reading below »
While geriatrics cast their ballots in North Africa, little boys are thrown into jail in the Gulf. At one tip of the Arabian peninsula, a half-charred dictator leaves and the country returns to obscurity and the beginnings of democratic rule. At the northern end of the fertile crescent an ophthalmologist with an imbecile smile lets his tanks roll over his own people. The land of the Pharaohs, after a painful transition, has proven itself to be as tenacious as its long-time dictator who, having given up power refuses to quite give up the ghost. Jordan wears the trappings of the Arab Spring but manages it all rather politely and inoffensibly. For the rest of the Arab world, Ramadan TV programming is as dramatic as it gets.
In this Arab Spring Redux - we attempt to give a run-down of the Arab Spring, charting countries' achievements in popular uprising terms. Featured are the Arab Revolution 'pros' and pop-idols who have got it down to a protest, spring and vote! as well as the stragglers who are still bringing up the revolution from the rear. Here are the top ten...