Friday, January 10, 2014

MIDDLE EAST - What's Become of the Arab Spring?

"Why the next wave of Arab awakening should be waged for pluralism" PBS Newshour 1/9/2014


MARGARET WARNER (Newshour):  As the fourth year of the Arab spring begins, the Middle East is seeing fresh waves of violence of widening scope.

In Syria, Sunni-led rebels long fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces are now battling jihadi extremist units as well.  In Iraq, where Sunnis are protesting the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Maliki, militants linked to al-Qaida have seized key western cities.  And in Lebanon, spillover from the Syria conflict has triggered car bomb assassinations of top Sunni figures and bombings of Shiite neighborhoods in Southern Beirut.

Marwan Muasher, former foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Jordan, takes a long view of all this in his new book, "The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism."

We sat down for a conversation about it at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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