Posts Tagged ‘Arab Spring’

The need for citizenship to be enshrined in law

Friday, December 13th, 2013

It is noteworthy how often the word citizen appears in contemporary Christian literature referring to or coming out of the Middle East. The lineamenta for the Synod of Bishops’ meeting in Rome in 2010 used the word several times. On June 23, 2011, the Holy Synod of Antioch (Greek Orthodox Patriarchate) called upon governments to Read more

Arab spring a nightmare for Syrian Christians

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Now that Syria is in shambles—with an estimated 93,000 dead, 1.5 million refugees, and 4.5 million internally displaced; ancient churches torched, destroyed, or vandalized; Christians targeted for murder and kidnapping and even used as human shields—now the mainstream media is starting to admit that, yes, the rebel forces appear to include quite a few Islamist Read more

Arab spring threatened by Salafism

Friday, February 15th, 2013

A series of repressive dictatorships have been brought down in north Africa, but the ensuing struggles for power have left a vacuum that has allowed the rise of an extremist movement that is gathering both force and supporters. Late last year, largely unnoticed in the west, Tunisia‘s president, Moncef Marzouki, gave an interview to Chatham House’s The Read more

Arab Spring turns to Islamic Winter of Christian persecution

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The countries where Christians are worst off are those where the Arab Spring revolts took place, according to a survey by an American human rights organization. After mapping the religious freedom situation around the world, Open Doors said as many as eight out of 10 states that have adopted repressive measures against Christians are Islamic. Read more

The post-revolution struggle for the Arab soul

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The rise of political Islam following the Arab Spring has many worried that the democratic achievements of the revolution could be lost. In Egypt and Tunisia alike, citizens are once again taking to the streets. But this time they are opposing Islamism. Does secularism still stand a chance? Egypt’s strongman was sitting in the first Read more

Silence over torture in Bahrain

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Believe it or not but a funny thing happened at the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran last month. When the new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, denounced the “oppressive” Syrian government, it didn’t go down so well with the pro-Assad Iranians. So, local journalists decided deliberately to mistranslate “Syria”, in Farsi, as “Bahrain”, prompting Read more

The Arab spring is over

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

“The Arab spring is over: we are experiencing a hot summer,” says Father Paolo Dall’Oglio. “Whoever was able to complete this change in just a few weeks really hit the jackpot; Syria and Yemen, countries marked by complex social, cultural and religious situations, and Libya which has its own complexities, are all stuck mid-stream and Read more