11 May '11, 9pm

TODAYonline | Commentary | How #Iran is ruthlessly exploiting the Arab Spring via @AddThis #syria #arabrev

When the term "Arab Spring" entered the collective vocabulary this year, it was meant to encapsulate the youthful exuberance of the pro-democracy movements that had sprung up throughout the Middle East. Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution quickly led to the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while in Egypt, mass protests forced the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Within weeks, the contagion was wreaking havoc throughout the region. Four months later, however, the worldwide enthusiasm that greeted this seemingly spontaneous outpouring of democratic fervour has been replaced by mounting concern at the way these protests have developed. In Egypt and Bahrain, as well as Libya and Syria, the hopes they inspired have been nipped firmly in the bud. From the start of this most recent phase of Middle Eastern unrest, my own attitude has been informed by two important principles....

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Commentary/EDC110512-0000322/H...

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