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Growing Up in the Middle East

In the videos below, personal stories and observations describe what life was like before the Arab Spring.

“What we have to remember is that Islam is first a government, second a religion and third a culture. Islam is all things life.” – Lisa Gibson

Video By: Holly Prendergast 

Video By: Danielle McLaughlin 

One Response to “Growing Up in the Middle East”

  1. Adam August 19, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    I think that the violence/noviolence? qustieon strongly relies on the kind of opposition one is facing and the lengths one is willing to go in nonviolence. I also believe that in using nonviolence, one has to be able to gain support no only from other protesters but from outsiders. I doubt that the Russian Revolution (especially in it’s end stages) would have gained much outside support because it was introducing something so different and radical that I doubt that other countries would have been willing to condone it. Because of the fact that at the time of the French Revolution many other countries were ruled by monarchs, I also do not think that the French rebels would have been able to gain outside support. I think what I’m trying to say is, in order for a nonviolent rebellion to work, a group needs to be able to gain outside support. Something like Indian independence is likely to gain the blessing of at least a few outside groups, which is why I think that nonviolence worked in this this case.

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