What is the Arab Uprising?

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The Arab Uprising. The Islamic Awakening. These are some of the terms that are being used today. The terms are very important especially in the Middle East because that’s where the arab uprising began. The first Arab Uprising actually began in Tunisia where a 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. He set himself on fire in front of a government building because he was publicly humiliated by the police force and couldn’t even earn money for his family. This act of desperation had spread immediately throughout the country and stirred up many protests. These protesters in Tunisia had one interest, which is for President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his regime to immediately step down and surprisingly he had fled a month later. Since 2011, Tunisia is not the only country that has been protesting and demanding for the regime to step down, this has also affected other countries such as Egypt, Libya, and even one of the richest countries, Bahrain. Bahrain is considered to be one of the richest countries in the Middle East along with five other nations; Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. These six nations also form Gulf Cooperation Council known as GCC and are ruled by Sheikhs for over a long period of time. Bahrain’s uprising began in the beginning of February with demonstrations demanding for answers. Ordinary people assume that Middle East strongly desires for “democracy” and yes that is entirely true but there are other important factors that play a huge role in this. Bahranis at this point demand for answers and achieve their goals. However, let’s look back and see what triggered to have demonstrations where this country is considered to be one of the richest ones especially in a sectarian governmen... ... middle of paper ... ...the Bahrain’s territorial borders. The job of the Peninsula Shield Force was to assist the Bahrain Defense Force in terms of any confrontation by an unusual armed intervention. In addition, the task was also to protect and secure important locations in the country and not engage in any operation involving confrontations from the Bahraini civilians and different riots. However, strangely the Commission didn’t find any evidence of human rights violations used by the units that were deployed on March 14, 2011. Before the outbursts of demonstrations, the Crown Prince had promised reforms that would prevent negative consequences. These reforms were discussed on political, social, and economy to ensure that people were satisfied but these reforms were rejected by the opposition because the people in the party believed that they could gain political goals through streets.
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