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The Arab Spring Five Years On

Publisher MEMO Publishers
Published June 13, 2016
Paperback 119 Pages
Language English
ISBN 978-1907433306
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Why did people power overcome despots in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen but meet such fierce resistance in Syria? Why did the British government side with street protesters in Libya but with the regime in Bahrain?

Why did the Arab Spring fail to reach Occupied Palestinian Territory? What change did it bring to the besieged Gaza Strip?

Whilst the mainstream media fix their gaze on Daesh, this anthology brings together authors, journalists, activists and academics to answer these questions and delve deeper into the Arab Spring protests half a decade since they first flared in the region.

From Syria’s courageous civil society movement to women’s central role in the revolution, The Arab Spring 5 Years On offers an alternative analysis of the democratic uprisings and their aftermath.

Edited by


Amelia Smith

Amelia Smith is a London-based journalist who has a special interest in Middle Eastern politics, art and culture. She is editor of The Arab Spring Five Years On. Visit her website is here.

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About the Author


Dr Philip Leech-Ngo

Dr Philip Leech-Ngo is a Senior Fellow for the Centre on Government at the University of Ottawa. He is the co-editor (with Shabnam Holliday) of Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016) and the author of The State of Palestine: A Critical Analysis (Routledge, Forthcoming August 2016). His...

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Reem Assil

Reem Assil is a Syrian-British activist. She previously worked in Syria as a university lecturer. Due to her support and activism for a Syria free from authoritarianism, she was twice held for questioning in Damascus airport by the notorious Air Force Intelligence Branch, and was kept for interrogation in the State Security Branch. Reem is...

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Jehan Alfarra

Jehan Alfarra is a Palestinian writer and multimedia journalist covering Middle Eastern affairs and specialising in Palestinian political news and social issues. She is also a contributing author to the book “Gaza Writes Back”.

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Dr. Ramzy Baroud

Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of His books include “Searching Jenin”, “The Second Palestinian Intifada” and his latest “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story”. His website...

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