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[OPINION] War is a great teacher

Oct 06, 2019 - 5:50 PM

War dramatically changed my students' lives. I had witnessed how carefree teenagers became socially involved citizens.

Presiden Obama mengaku tak prediksi terjadi krisis Arab Spring

Jul 01, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Menurut Obama Indonesia penting dan bisa menjadi contoh bagi negara muslim

SAMBUTAN. Mantan Presiden Amerika Serikat Barack Obama memberi sambutan dalam Kongres Diaspora Indonesia ke-4 di Jakarta, Sabtu, 1 Juli. Dalam sambutannya, Obama berbicara tentang sejumlah hal, antara lain demokrasi, kepemimpinan, persamaan hak, dan toleransi. Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/ANTARA

Green light given for Egypt's Mubarak to walk free

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:40 AM

An Egyptian prosecutor approves a request by Mubarak s lawyer for his release after a top court acquits him of involvement in the killing of protesters during the popular revolt in 2011

EYEING FREEDOM. This file photo taken on October 6, 2016 shows Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak waving to people from his room at the Maadi military hospital in Cairo. Khaled Desouki/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 15, 2017

Jan 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Here are the stories you should not miss this Sunday

Tunisia marks low key revolution anniversary

Jan 15, 2017 - 8:04 AM

On the anniversary of the uprising which inspired Arab Spring revolts across the region several protests were staged and the presidential convoy was stoned by demonstrators

A Tunisian peddler selling national flags crosses a police roadblock on his way to a rally on January 14, 2017 in the Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis marking the sixth anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Jelang demo 4 November, saya teringat rencana demo 20 Mei 1998

Nov 03, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Pertanyaan mendasar bagaimana hubungan sebagian umat Islam pasca demo dengan pemerintah?

Mengapa demo 4 November tidak pantas disamakan dengan Arab Spring

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Apakah tujuan aksi ini juga karena opresi pemerintah dan ketimpangan hukum? Atau karena nihilnya proses demokrasi di suatu negara yang pemerintahnya berasaskan tirani?

Massa Front Pembela Islam (FPI) melakukan longmars menuju Bareskrim dan Balai kota di Jakarta, Jumat (14/10). Mereka meminta pihak kepolisian memproses hukum Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama atau Ahok terkait pernyataannya yang dinilai menyinggung umat muslim beberapa waktu lalu. Foto oleh Rivan Awal Lingga/ANTARA

5 years post Arab Spring: Where are these 5 countries now?

Jan 26, 2016 - 2:17 PM

A look at the 5 places most impacted by the Arab Spring 5 years after the protests in Tahir Square that signaled the end of Hosni Mubarak’s regime

CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY. Tunisians attend a concert of Lebanese singer, songwriter Maher Zain during the celebration to mark the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, 14 January 2015. File Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Thousands on streets of Tunis for revolution anniversary

Jan 14, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Tunisians flock to Habib Bourguiba Avenue the main thoroughfare in central Tunis and the epicenter of the country s revolution 5 years ago

CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY. Tunisians attend a concert of Lebanese singer, songwriter Maher Zain during the celebration to mark the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, 14 January 2015. File Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Aquino assures OFWs in Middle East: 'We're ready to protect you'

Jan 08, 2016 - 3:59 PM

President Aquino reminds OFWs and their families that the Philippine government managed to keep Filipinos safe at the height of the Arab Spring in 2011

STRAINED TIES. Iranian protestors hold posters of late Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration near the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, Iran, January 3, 2016. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Petty corruption plagues Tunisian economy, experts say

Oct 02, 2015 - 9:40 PM

Several people have been jailed on corruption charges or have fled the country since Ben Ali s ouster

Egypt jihadists condemned to death for killing police

Oct 01, 2015 - 11:22 PM

The case stems from an August 2013 rocket attack on two minibuses carrying police in the northern Sinai

When the ghosts start haunting us

Aug 31, 2015 - 4:30 PM

There is no correlation between the ghost month and the rise or fall of the stock market It was the meltdown of China triggering the massive sell offs

BLOODY RED. August 24, 2015 was bloody. The local equity market had its third largest one-day decline in the past decade

Egypt slams 'politicized' HRW report on rights abuses

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:53 PM

Since Morsi s ouster hundreds of his supporters face a brutal government crackdown

ANTI-TERROR LAW. A supporter of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, stands beside the relative of a martyr during events commemorating of the anniversary day of the 2011 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, 25 January 2015. Photo by Almasry Alyoum /Osama Said/ EPA

15 killed as clashes mar Egypt revolt anniversary

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:23 AM

At least 150 people are arrested across the country as police disperse protests in which many leftwing demonstrators also participated security officials say

An Egyptian youth with his face painted in his country's national colors at a protest in commemoration of the anniversary day of the 2011 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, 25 January 2015.  Mohamed Shokry Algarnoussi/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

2014 in Moods

Jan 04, 2015 - 11:47 AM

4 moods dominated 2014 as seen from your votes on the mood meter

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

Dec 22, 2014 - 11:26 PM

But in a sign of the challenges ahead for Tunisia police fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of youths who burned tires in protest at the result

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi, who has claimed victory in Tunisia's first free presidential election, arrives at his party's headquarters on December 22, 2014 in Tunis. The electoral commission said it would announce official results in the evening, one day after Tunisians took to the polls for the leadership runoff vote, with many calling the ballot a landmark for democracy in the country where the Arab Spring was born. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID

Between journalism and advocacy: Blurring the lines

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:49 PM

At the 2014 PH SocialGood journalism summit Shahira Amin and Patricia Evangelista talk about the interplay between pushing for change and telling a good story

Assad wins vote branded 'illegitimate' by opposition

Jun 05, 2014 - 9:48 PM

As celebratory gunfire erupted in the capital and loyalist areas across Syria at least 10 people were killed as the bullets fell back to earth according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RE-ELECTED. Bashar al-Assad wins another 7-year term as Syrian President. Photo from AFP

Egypt votes in poll seen sweeping ex-army boss to power

May 26, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Mubarak s successor the Islamist Morsi lasted only a year in office New president Abdel Fattah al Sisi wants to reassure Egyptians that tomorrow will be beautiful and great

SUPPORT. Egyptians living in Jordan supporters of presidential candidate former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in front of the Egyptian embassy after casting their ballot on May 15, 2014. Photo by Jamal Nasrallah/EPA

#DefyExpectations: How social media can change the world

Apr 08, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Social media has been used to empower individuals to achieve greatness for themselves and for their country

Is our generation anti-political?

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Between our personal dilemmas and a society that is fundamentally unjust there is a need to forge a vision for the future that inspires real action

Bahrain protesters, police clash on uprising anniversary

Feb 15, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The interior ministry says a police bus was struck in a bomb attack in the Shiite village of Daih without reporting casualties

Clashes kill nearly 50 as Egypt marks 2011 uprising

Jan 26, 2014 - 12:03 AM

UPDATED Forty nine people were killed in 24 hours of fighting across Egypt as police and supporters of the military installed government clashed with Islamist backers of president Mohamed Morsi

Tunisia assembly begins historic vote on new charter

Jan 03, 2014 - 10:48 PM

Adopting the new charter would be a crucial milestone in the birthplace of the Arab Spring where hopes of a successful democratic transition contrast starkly with other countries in the region rocked by regime change

Tunisia crisis deepens after failure to pick new PM

Nov 05, 2013 - 9:44 PM

The press laments the failure to reach an agreement saying both sides were to blame

CRISIS CONTINUES. Tunisian leader Hamma Hammami speaks to reporters on the sidelines of a recent national dialogue aimed at ending the ongoing political standoff. Photo by EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Tunisia Islamist govt mulls next move as protests mount

Jul 29, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Tunisia s Islamist led government gathered for emergency talks Monday as protesters demanded its ouster

TUNISIA PROTESTS. Thousands of people gather outside the headquarters of the Constituent Assembly to demand the ouster of the Islamist government on July 28, 2013 in Tunis. Opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead outside his home on Friday with the same weapon used to gun down fellow opposition politician Chokri Belaid in February, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID

Arab Spring will take time to flower - analysts

Jul 28, 2013 - 9:12 PM

The so called Arab Spring of 2011 will take time to mature analysts say warning that the process will be chaotic

TUNISIANS PROTEST. Tunisians shout slogans as they gather to protest the killing of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, who was a member of the National Constituent Assembly, in Tunis, Tunisia, 26 July 2013. Photo by EPA/Mohamed Messara

Pope set for emotional visit to Italian migrant island

Jul 06, 2013 - 10:23 AM

Pope Francis will travel to an Italian island that has become a gateway for African economic migrants and refugees entering Europe

Iloilo: On the move for social change

Mar 12, 2013 - 3:04 PM

A citizen journalist protects democracy by holding public officials accountable for promises they make

Did social media really spark Arab Spring?

Mar 10, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Amid a fierce debate in academic circles an upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference in the Arab Spring

Assad refuses to quit as foes advance

Mar 03, 2013 - 7:20 PM

We are ready to negotiate with anyone including militants who surrender their arms the Syrian leader told a British newspaper

RAGING WAR. The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

Egypt opposition to boycott elections

Feb 26, 2013 - 11:22 PM

Egypt s staggered parliamentary elections are due to begin on April 22 and end two months later

CONTROVERSIAL VOTE. Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/STR

Emotional Clinton angrily denies Benghazi cover-up

Jan 24, 2013 - 9:46 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out guns blazing dismissing Republican charges of a cover up over the deadly Benghazi attack and warning the world needs to combat rising extremism

FACING THE MUSIC. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Rayburn House Office Building on January 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

OIC blames Syria regime, rebels for Palestinian camp clashes

Dec 18, 2012 - 10:11 PM

The rebellion in Syria began as a series of Arab Spring style protests against the four decade rule of President Bashar al Assad s family but has since escalated into a brutal war

Egypt protesters breach presidential palace barricade

Dec 11, 2012 - 11:40 PM

The protesters pulled apart a high metal gate bar by bar and toppled concrete blocks with chains

UNDER SIEGE. Google Maps aerial view of the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt

Slew of world conflicts fog Nobel Peace Prize guessing game

Oct 10, 2012 - 10:30 AM

Will a theorist of non violent protests whose ideas inspired the Arab Spring uprisings be honored or perhaps a Russian or a Belarusian human rights activist?

Defiant Egypt parliament meets amid legal crisis

Jul 11, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Egypt s Supreme Constitutional Court froze on Tuesday July 10 a presidential decree reinstating the Islamist led parliament hours after the lower house convened in defiance of the judiciary and military

Arab Spring poses UK terror threat: intelligence boss

Jun 26, 2012 - 9:21 AM

The Arab uprisings have given Al Qaeda new arenas in which to rebuild warns Britain s domestic intelligence chief

Triumphant Morsi vows to be leader for all Egyptians

Jun 25, 2012 - 3:41 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood s Mohamed Morsi pledged to be a leader for all Egyptians after being crowned successor to ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak in a triumph for the long repressed Islamist movement

The Egypt timeline

Jun 20, 2012 - 7:16 AM

A list of the crucial events in Egypt starting from the Arab Spring of 2011

Bahrain cuts jail terms of medics in protest trial

Jun 14, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Bahrain s appeals court acquitted nine medics and cut the jail terms of nine others on Thursday June 14 for their role in anti regime protests last year in a case widely criticized by rights groups

Tunisia's Ben Ali sentenced to life in absentia

Jun 14, 2012 - 8:57 AM

A Tunisian court sentenced ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to life in prison on Wednesday June 13 for presiding over the bloody protest crackdown that ignited the Arab Spring

PH abstains from UN Vote on Syria

Mar 02, 2012 - 8:57 AM

The Philippines abstained in a resolution passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning violation of human rights by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was one of 3 countries, including India and Ecuador, that abstained in the voting. China, Russia and Cuba opposed it, while 37 voted in favor. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels withdrew on Thursday, March 1, from the Baba Amr district of the central city of Homs, handing what seemed like victory to loyal troops of the Syrian President.

When Twitter shook 2011

Dec 27, 2011 - 8:37 AM

It has served as venues for everything from product launches to uprisings