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May 25th, 2012
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Tonight on AC360: Arab Spring: Revolution Interrupted

On Friday night AC360° will air a special report “Arab Spring: Revolution Interrupted.” In December 2010, a young Tunisian street vendor named Mohamed Mouazizi refused to pay a bribe to a local inspector who slapped him. This indignity led Bouazizi to set himself on fire in protest and Tunisians, already fed up with the unemployment, corruption and repressive conditions in the country took to the streets, quickly causing the resignation of Tunisia's president. These events sparked a wave of revolutions across the region in countries like Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Syria.

It's been written that a decade's worth of events have occurred in the Arab world in just over a year. Long time dictators like Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi have fallen, while the regime of Bashar al-Assad still clings to power in Syria, despite 15 months of ongoing conflict.

But is the Arab world better off after the Arab Spring? And what kind of repercussions do these revolutions have on the rest of the world? Presidential elections in Egypt are underway, but protesters still clash with police in Tahrir Square. Gadhafi's iron rule is over, but the sudden vacuum of power left the country without a sense of national unity, as regional militias have arisen all across the country. Syria continues to see bloodshed and conflict daily, and the violence is already starting to spill over the borders into Lebanon. All of these revolutions also come with concerns over the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

We wanted an in-depth look at what is happening in these countries, post-revolution, with insight from our remarkable international correspondents Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon and Ivan Watson who witnessed these events first-hand and spent most of last year covering these conflicts across the region. We also talk with former CIA officer Bob Baer, who says he's never seen change in the Middle East this fast, this significant and this dangerous.

Don't miss the program at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.

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  1. Snoopy

    How did your guest put it? "Americans see Mulsims [in Eqypt] and quake in their pants" (or boots or something). Where do you get guests like this and why do you put them on? Was surprised that Anderson let comments like this go unchallenged and uncommented on by him.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  2. Melissa Sweet

    Just saw an outrage-inducing ad on your show by americanpower.org. How can you accept nonsense like this, that the EPA has it in for the coal industry when the proposed regs were introduced years ago? Don't you people at CNN remember acid rain, a real environmental success story? Can we get some common sense on your network? Wow! Time for ac 360 to do some fact checking about this ad.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  3. ANDRE HIMES

    The devil's strategic misscalculation. What none of the white feminists knew but will soon find out. A new demonic BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the hiphop and antebellum nation and are based on stereotypical images of low class , poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population in AMERICA who were exterminated during the black holocaust during years between 1968-1993 -2001 It was the rise of the hiphop nation which glorified black on black violence and which had been summon against black america by the white feminists and by those whites who have a long history of embracing white supremacy as well as the widespread use of racial profiling in which many black americans were arrested after being falsely accused of a crime is what has contributed to the black holocaust

    May 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm |