Protests and revolutions in the Arab world in the 2010s
Arab Spring ▸ Facts ▸ Comments ▸ News ▸ Videos
The Arab Spring was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in response to oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, starting with protests in Tunisia. From Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain, where either the ruler was deposed or major uprisings and social violence occurred, including riots, civil wars or insurgencies. Sustained street demonstrations took place in Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Iranian Khuzestan, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman Sudan and The United States of America. Minor protests occurred in Djibouti, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world is ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ an-niẓām.
You Might Like
Tunisia Searches for New Prime MinisterNine months after general elections, Tunisia again faces gridlock, with a fractured and bickering parliament and government in disarray, after last week's resignation of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh...
TikTok has its Arab Spring moment as teen activism overtakes dance movesJust a few months ago, 17-year-old Taylor Cassidy was spending hours flailing her arms in an attempt to pick up the latest dance move the "Renegade."
In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost RevolutionMemories of 2011’s Arab Spring, and its fragile hopes, have been revived in the minds of many Egyptians as they’ve watched a strikingly similar dynamic play out in the United States.
Egypt jails prominent political figure for a year over 'false news'An Egyptian court sentenced one of the leading activists of the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising to a one-year prison term on Wednesday after convicting him of spreading false news, a judicial source and a..
Hosni Mubarak: Egypt holds military funeral for ousted presidentMubarak was forced out of office by an Arab Spring uprising in 2011, after 30 years in power.
Egypt holds full-honors military funeral for MubarakBy SAMY MAGDY CAIRO (AP) — Egypt was holding a full-honors military funeral Wednesday for the country's former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who was for decades the face of stability in the..
President of Egypt who stood down in the wake of the Arab SpringElevated after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, Mubarak was later imprisoned for embezzlement but acquitted of conspiring to kill demonstrators.
Mubarak, the 'Pharaoh' toppled by the Arab Spring, dies at 91Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday, never expected to be president. But when a very public assassination thrust the former bomber pilot into the job, he made it his mission never to give it up.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Dies at 91 - ReportsHosni Mubarak served as Egyptian president between 1981 and 2011, but resigned as a result of the Arab Spring protests that erupted in the country in 2011. ......
Golshifteh Farahani: An Iranian actress in exileShe's worked with the likes of Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch and Asghar Farhadi. She was the first Iranian actress to star in a Hollywood film after the 1979 revolution and the first to appear in an..
Nine years after Egyptian revolution started, Tahrir Square icon languishes in jailOn January 25, 2011, demonstrations against police brutality to mark Egypt’s National Police Day, spiralled into what came to be called the Arab Spring. But nine years later, following a brutal..
How the world welcomed the start of a new decadeNations around the world are ringing in the new year and bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the MeToo movement and Donald Trump. Here is..
Is a new Arab Spring unfolding in the Middle East?Seething anger on the streets of Arab countries has the air of revolution, says Jeremy Bowen.
Stuxnet, Qatar, The Most Expensive Food in The WorldThe success of the Stuxnet computer virus has U.S. officials asking if our own infrastructure is safe; Then, the Arab Spring is spreading, but not to Qatar. Bob Simon finds out what's keeping the..
Tunisia Polls Suggest Conservative Professor Wins ElectionA conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia’s presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday’s runoff election in the country that unleashed..
Media magnate and law professor in face-off as Tunisian poll enters final roundTunisians are choosing between a retired law professor and a media mogul in the final vote of a presidential election on Sunday, eight years after a revolution that forged a new democracy and inspired..
Timeline: Tunisia's bumpy path to democracyTunisia's vote for president on Sunday is the next step in its transition to democracy after a revolution that triggered the "Arab Spring" uprisings of 2011.
Disillusioned Tunisians vote as economic woes loomTunisians voted in a parliamentary election on Sunday, with public annoyance at years of ineffective coalitions fuelling a sense of disillusionment eight years after a revolution that introduced..
Outsider leads after Tunisia presidential poll deemed 'political earthquake'Law professor and political outsider Kais Saied on Monday led Tunisia’s presidential polls with two-thirds of the votes counted, the electoral commission said, after the country’s second free vote..
'Slap' to establishment as outsider leads Tunisia's presidential pollPolitical outsider Kais Saied was leading Tunisia's election with just over a quarter of votes counted, the election commission said Monday, in the country's second free presidential vote since the..
Tunisians to vote in keenly fought presidential pollRarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls Sunday to choose from a..
Ousted Tunisian president hospitalized ahead of electionA lawyer for the former Tunisian president ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring says Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalized in Saudi Arabia ......
Tunisia elections: ‘We want women to be a priority, not just a card to play’ (2/4)As Tunisia gears up for a crucial presidential election on Sunday, low female turnout and a dearth of women candidates continue to plague the cradle of the Arab Spring. FRANCE 24’s met the activists..
Factbox: Tunisia's main candidates for presidential electionsTunisia's presidential election on Sept. 15 has a crowded field of candidates, all vying to lead the only democracy to emerge from the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings.
Tunisian parliament speaker sworn in as new presidentTunisian parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president on Thursday hours after President Beji Caid Essebsi's death in a smooth transition of power in the birthplace of the Arab..
BREAKING: Ousted Egyptian President Morsi DiesEgyptian state television said former president Mohammed Morsi, who was removed from office by the army in 2013, died shortly after appearing in court on Monday, according to Al Jazeera. Morsi, 67,..
Sudan's deadly crackdown evokes Arab Spring bloodshedIn the Middle East, it has often begun the same way: a popular swell of street protests against long-entrenched autocrats and demonstrators inspired by burgeoning aspirations for democracy and freedom...