Arab Spring Topics

Democracy Now! is following the popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

Newest First | Oldest First
  • Play_anjali_libya
    As anti-government rebels close in on the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, we get the latest from Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat. She has just returned to Egypt after spending five days in eastern Libya, where popular uprisings have liberated the area from pro-Gaddafi forces. “There’s a sense that Gaddafi can do anything to people [in Tripoli], and there’s a real sense of fear,” Kamat says, “but I think people are also...
    Feb 28, 2011 | Story
  • Play_hrw
    Estimates of the death toll in Libya have reached at least 2,000, and more than 100,000 people are believed to have fled the country into neighboring Egypt and Tunisia. We speak to Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch, who has just returned from the Libya-Tunisia border. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 28, 2011 | Story
  • Play_tareq
    The Libyan regime has launched a new assault on the opposition amidst growing international pressure. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi tried to retake two rebel-controlled towns overnight, but both attacks appear to have been repelled. Speaking to Western journalists, Gaddafi said that he is loved by all his people and has denied there have been any protests. We speak to Tareq, a Libyan American just back from Libya after...
    Mar 01, 2011 | Story
  • Play_moussa
    Secretary General Amr Moussa is widely expected to run for president of Egypt in the country’s upcoming elections. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous sits down with Amr Moussa in the headquarters of the Arab League next to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo for a conversation about Egypt’s revolution, his potential presidential candidacy, the military’s role in Egypt, treaties with Israel, and popular uprisings across the Middle...
    Mar 01, 2011 | Story
  • Libya_horace
    Forces aligned with Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi have launched new assaults to regain control of several towns captured in a popular uprising over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, two U.S. warships have moved through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea toward Libya under orders by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. As talk of potential Western military intervention grows, we speak to Horace Campbell, a professor of African American...
    Mar 02, 2011 | Story
  • Iraq_double_playbut
    While the United States has sharply criticized the Libyan government for brutally cracking down on opposition protesters, it has remained noticeably silent on the recent attacks against Iraqi dissidents. On Friday, tens of thousands of people participated in Iraq’s largest protest in years. Although the protests were largely peaceful, authorities fired water cannons, sound bombs and live bullets to disperse crowds as Iraqi army helicopters...
    Mar 02, 2011 | Story
  • Libya_tan-1
    Reports have emerged of a dire situation on Libya’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt, where tens of thousands have fled to evade the clashes. We speak to Elizabeth Tan of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 02, 2011 | Story
  • Amys_column_default_640x360_2014
    No discussion or debate over budgets, over wages and pensions, over deficits, should happen without a clear presentation of the costs of these wars—and the incalculable benefits that ending them would bring.
    Mar 02, 2011 | Columns & Articles
  • Hamdulillah
    Yassin Alsalman, aka "The Narcicyst" sits down with Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Koudous. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 02, 2011 | Web Exclusive
  • 030311libya
    Forces loyal to Col. Muammar Gaddafi have launched fresh air strikes on Libyan towns captured by anti-government opposition in a popular uprising over the past two weeks. Gaddafi has lost control of the eastern half of Libya, and thousands of protesters are thought to have been killed by Gaddafi’s forces. We get reports from two journalists on the ground in Libya: McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef in Brega, and The Observer’s Peter...
    Mar 03, 2011 | Story