Arab Spring News
How China-brokered Saudi-Iran deal is good news for India — and the world
India’s relations in West Asia have their own independent standing. Clearly peace and stability in the region should be win-win for all, including India
Ahead of G20 Summit, politics of foreign subversion and ensuring security for Narendra Modi biggest challenges for India
The forms of subversion include intelligence gathering and that is the oldest manifestation of external interference, outlined in some of the ancient manuals of governance
BBC using Indian Muslims as cannon fodder against India's leadership
The anti-India lobby just wants to get rid of Narendra Modi and settle their political scores
Firstpost Podcast | Explained: Russia-Turkey patch up?
In their first talks in more than a decade, the defence ministers of Russia, Turkey and Syria met in Moscow on Wednesday discussing the Syrian crisis, refugee issues and terrorism. What are the geopolitical implications of such a move? Tune in to find out
Tunisians to vote on parliament with 'no political weight' in polls boycotted by opposition
Opposition political groups in the North African country have called for a boycott, saying the poll is part of a 'coup' against the only democracy to have emerged from the 2011 wave of uprisings across the region
Middle Eastern Quad? How Abraham Accords opened West Asia for India
It may be too early to call it a ‘Middle Eastern Quad’, but the United States, India, Israel and UAE are in for greater cooperation and coordination in the region
TikTok has its Arab Spring moment as teen activism overtakes dance moves; #blacklivesmatter shoots up in app's trending list
Activists have enjoyed getting a boost from the superstars of TikTok who have brought attention to protests and directed followers to calls to action.
'Scorn, ridicule will not go unnoticed': UAE royal warns after BJP MP Tejasvi Surya's tweet about Arab women
In response to the backlash being faced by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya, who had deleted a five-year-old tweet after social media users in the Gulf countries criticised him for his remarks on Arab women, Sharjah royal family member Princess Hend Al Qassimi said that the “scorn and ridicule will not go unnoticed”
Hosni Mubarak dies at 91, says Egypt's state TV; former president was ousted during Arab Spring uprising
Hosni Mubarak, born in May 1928, was vice president on 14 October 1981, when his mentor, president Anwar Sadat, was assassinated by Islamic extremists while reviewing a military parade.
In his sequel to Jasmine Days, Benyamin explores literary censorship, the aftermath of a failed revolution
Autocratic governments do not like freedom of speech, says Benyamin. He says the conviction within people that prompts them to rebel against dominant forces and act in ways that could even land them in prison should serve as a lesson to all governments.
A decade from space: 13 images that show natural, technological and political changes on Earth
Maxar Tech, satellite imagery company, released images of some of the biggest events of the decade.
Voting begins for Tunisian presidential runoff; law professor Kais Saied takes on media magnate Nabil Karoui
Tunisians voted Sunday in a presidential runoff pitting a conservative academic against a media magnate fresh out of jail.
Houthi rebels claim attack on Aramco facilities: Insurgents have been seeking regional autonomy for Zaidis in Saudi Arabia since 1990s
On 14 September, two Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia, Abqaiq and Khurais, were targeted by drone attacks. The attacks bring the spotlight on the Houthi rebels
Social media's impact on political uprisings in Africa: The good, bad, and the ugly
Social media played a role in every single political uprising of the past decade in Africa.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino expresses joy over release of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi from detention in Thailand
His detention sparked a worldwide outcry with international organisations including Infantino's FIFA campaigning for his release but the Asian Football Federation has been blamed for its silence
Detained footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi refuses voluntary extradition to Bahrain; pleads for Thailand to defend him
Hakeem Al-Araibi, a soccer player who has refugee status in Australia told a Thai court Monday that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain, which has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies committing
JCB Prize 2018: Benyamin's Malayalam novel Jasmine Days announced winner
The JCB Prize 2018 winner Jasmine Days is the story of a young Pakistani woman who witnesses the 2011 Arab Spring while working a radio jockey in a West Asian country
Benyamin on his new book Jasmine Days, writing about the Arab Spring and the beauty of Malayalam
Benyamin speaks about the politics embedded in his works and how he uses writing as an outlet for the pain he experiences
Low voter turnout of 33.7% mars Tunisia's first free municipal elections, PM Youssef Chahed calls it 'negative sign'
Tunisia held its first free municipal elections on Monday but only one in three eligible voters cast ballots, reflecting frustration at the slow pace of change since the 2011 revolution in the cradle of the Arab Spring.
Indian Muslims must heed Jordan's King Abdullah's message: Ending takfirism key to getting rid of radicalism
Jordan’s importance for Indian Muslims lies in an inclusivist non-takfiri (not accusing other Muslims of apostasy) interpretation of Islam which King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein championed through the Amman Message