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Dawn of a New Arab World - Oslo Freedom Forum 2011

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Published on Jun 4, 2011

Dawn of a New Arabl World Panel at Oslo Freedom Forum 2011

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Philippa Thomas of BBC News introduces four panelists who have all had intimate experience with the recent revolutions in the Arab world: Ghazi Gheblawi of Libya; Maryam al-Khawaja of Bahrain; Amir Ahmad Nasr of Sudan; and Lina Ben Mhenni of Tunisia. Each of these countries has its own problems and complexities, but the panelists are united by the spirit of reform that is sweeping the region. The panel addresses social media, but emphasizes that it was not the driving force behind the uprisings. Facebook and Twitter were important tools, but it was frustration with repression and injustice that sparked protests and revolution. Another central issue raised is that of international intervention—how much and what kind of assistance should the West provide? The panel also touches upon revolutionary economies, the changing role of women in the Arab world, and the influence of Islam. These questions underpin the events unfolding across North Africa and the Middle East; the answers will determine whether the Arab Spring fades away or leads to lasting change.

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