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Arab Spring News : August 30, 2012

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VanDyke, ‘Arab Spring freedom fighter,’ planning trip to Syria
Baltimore Sun (blog)
The regime says the dead were terrorists. Estimates of total deaths during the 17-month uprising range to more than 25,000. VanDyke, who describes himself on his web page as an Arab Spring Freedom Fighter, told CTV he is not going to Syria to fight 

BP’s UAE rebuff shows British lustre faded in the Gulf
Perceived BP haughtiness, anger over the West’s support for the Arab Spring and a growing sense that the UAE’s future lies in stronger ties with Asia, may have all driven the decision to block the oil major from bidding to run its biggest onshore oil 

Arab Spring turmoil scuppers two shows
Art Newspaper
The Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels has been forced to postpone two major exhibitions due to open this autumn because of complications arising from the Arab Spring. Political turmoil in the Middle East has made it increasingly difficult to 

Art Newspaper
Atrocity in Syria and the Globalization of Callous Disregard
New America Media
Yet as the “Arab Spring” continues to blossom amid the blood of the innocent, the prevailing attitude around the world remains that of wait and see. Most egregious is the response from Tehran, whose recent delegates to Damascus were all smiles as they 

Syria revolt against ‘oppressive regime’: Morsi in Iran
Bangkok Post
The uprising in Syria is against an “oppressive regime” and a continuation of the Arab Spring, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told a summit in Tehran, embarrassing Iran, which strongly supports the Damascus regime. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi 

Bangkok Post
Nearly 50 U.S. Companies to Visit Egypt in Show of Economic Support
 from nearly 50 major U.S. companies will head to Egypt next week in a show of commitment to the economy’s long-term stability, as part of a White House effort to support the country’s democratic transition in the wake of last year’s Arab Spring 

Swipe Films boards Winter Of Discontent
Screen International
“The world premiere of the film at Venice provides the perfect forum for audiences to see a fresh take on the events of the Arab Spring,” Mannion commented. “Winter of Discontent is a powerful movie that will resonate with all independent film lovers 

Islamist economic strategies and policies
Ahram Online
More surprisingly, until now the economic policies followed by Islamists in power have not departed in any significant way from those that prevailed under the authoritarian regimes toppled by the Arab Spring. Consequently, many must be wondering 

Mission impossible for Turkey?
Hurriyet Daily News
When the first indications of another wave of the Arab Spring began to appear in Syria, Turkey was quick to cool down Western excitement over the possibility of intervening there in order to speed up the results of the revolution through military means 

China’s Long History of Defying the Doomsayers
The Atlantic
Shanghai police crowd the site of a planned protest meant to model theArab Spring. (AP). Thirty-six years after “Great Helmsman” Mao Zedong died of a heart attack, leaving his country briefly rudderless during a time of crisis and uncertainty, the 

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