Friday, May 25, 2012

Anderson Cooper Special Report: Arab Spring, Revolution Interrupted

On Friday night AC360° aired a special report “Arab Spring: Revolution Interrupted.” It was an in-depth look at what is happening in Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Syria, post-revolution. Anderson lead the discussion with insight from international correspondents Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon and Ivan Watson who witnessed the events first-hand and spent most of last year covering the conflicts across the region. Former CIA officer Bob Baer, who says he's never seen change in the Middle East this fast, this significant and this dangerous; joined the group/discussion.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: Tonight, a special Report, Arab spring: revolution interrupted. It's not off than correspondents who risk their lives covering conflict for CNN are in the same room at the same time anywhere. Tonight they are, and we're going to spend the next hour taking an up-close look at the uprisings still playing out across the Arab world.

But first, a reminder of how we got this point. In December of 2010, you may remember, a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire. He hadn't been able to produce the proper permit, and when he refused to pay a bribe, a local inspector slapped him. That was the final straw. The final indignity for this street vendor. He died from his burns.

After his death, Tunisians' fed up with high unemployment, corruption, and repressive conditions filled the streets. It was 28 days later, the Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali resigned and fled to Saudi Arabia. A wave of revolutions followed in neighboring countries, but more than a year later they've hardly run their course.

COOPER: Fascinating times. Nic, Arwa, Ivan, Bob Baer, thank you very much. We're going to continue to watch the events in all these countries. Will the people taking to the streets, demanding change, finally get what they want and what exactly does that mean? Thanks for watching this special report, "Arab Spring: Revolution Interrupted."

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aries moon said...

Thanks for posting--it really gives you a good sense of the factors that started the revolution and where the countries involved stand now and what the future may hold. A good discussion with some of CNN's best reporters.

Anonymous said...

I like these round table discussions. Wonder where Ben Wedeman was though. He has been covering all this for ages.

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Memorial Day and lets remember those that are serving, have served or lost their lives serving our Country so that we don't have to go through what those people in the Arab Spring has had to go through

Thank you

Anonymous said...

So this special was made for that one day that Anderson was actually
in Syria.
Therefore, he was qualified to lead a round table discussion on all the action and events taking place throughout the year in a country he visits. The rest of his year, was spent speaking to Barbie Moms or whatever his talkfest finds insignificant.
Arab Spring should have been handled by someone on the ground, who is there in Syria every day, like Arwa Damon who practially lives there.
For once let's not make it all about Anderson, and keep it real,
CNN. It's not like Anderson's ratings are stellar anymore.
Give someone else the chair for a change and let Anderson be part of the panel.
Why? Because he no longer deserves to be chair person and that should be acknowledged.