Looking back the happiest moments of 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

In pictures, Al Arabiya captures some of 2012’s most prominent moments, from the first to the last hours. Some of the major events showcased in the photo gallery include the landing of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, and U.N. recognition of Palestine.Video:

About 90 percent of deaths in Syria violence happened in 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

Nearly 90 percent of those who have died in Syria's 21-month conflict were killed in 2012, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. More than 45,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in March 2011, but 39,362 of those perished during the past 12 months, the majority civilians, said the Britain-based watchdog.The civilian toll of 28,113 includes those who have taken up arms against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, it said. ...

Syria 2012 sees rise of citizen journalism

Sunday, 30 December 2012

His name is Abou Dabbak, he greeted us on our first day in Syria with jokes and laughs… but in his serious days, he is the guy who shouts Allah Akbar whenever he’s taking these shots.Armed with a rifle and camera, he accompanies the rebels, looks for confrontation fronts, risks his life but keeps his eyes on the target: filming the military operations. Abou Dabbak is a cameraman and a media activist that’s been covering the violence the regime has been committing towards civilians. “When I hear ...

Syrian Air Force lost 41 planes helicopters in 2012 survey

Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Syrian opposition destroyed 19 Mig fighting jets and 22 helicopters belonging to the regime's air force in 2012, according to survey by the Union of the Syrian Revolution Local Coordination Committees.Eleven planes were destroyed on the ground in opposition raids on various air bases across the country and 30 were shot down in action.A sizeable number, 43, of aircrafts destroyed was registered in the province of Idlib, where the first Mig fighter jet was shot down.In Damascus 16 planes were ...

Arab Spring - 2012 Timeline

Friday, 28 December 2012

A fire that Mohammed al-Bouazizi ignited two years ago continued to burn for the second year as the battle to break down the old regimes and their associates in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia continued unabated.January*President Bashar al-Assad made his first public speech in months, vowing to quash his opponents with an iron fist and denounced the uprising as a foreign plot. *Egypt’s de facto leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi announced that a decades-old state of emergency ...

UAE emerges as victor for Arab World business in 2012

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The Arab uprisings changed the course of investments in the Middle East and North Africa. The investment map saw dramatic changes as many upper class citizens from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria, have escaped the turmoil in their countries to settle in the more politically stable Gulf countries.UAE’s political stability, modern infrastructure and plethora of Free Zones made the Gulf country emerge as the economic victor, while Arab Spring-hit countries, embroiled with unrest, bore the greatest ...

Palestine in 2012 Torn between moments of war and victory

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Like many countries in the Arab world, the year 2012 brought significant changes to the people of Palestine. In September, a 5 percent increase in fuel price sparked demonstrations in Ramallah, Jenin and Hebron. Thousands of demonstrators angered by poverty, corruption and the spiraling cost of living rallied outside Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s office, asking him to resign.Many protesters were injured during the rally after clashes with Israeli soldiers. The protests revealed ...

Iraq in 2012 scrambles for hope amid political spats violence

Sunday, 23 December 2012

The year 2012 began with major change in Iraq.U.S. troops pulled out of the country, ending a long war that started in 2003. But in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, there were evidence of an on-going commitment, by the American government, to support Iraq's nascent democracy. In the heart of the Green Zone stands the massive U.S. embassy--the largest embassy of any country in world, employing a staff of 1500.Building democracy in Iraq proved to be a challenge amid volatile politics and dangerous ...

Egypt in 2012 Political ecstasy revolutionary U-turns

Sunday, 23 December 2012

With the election of a new president and a transformed post-revolutionary political scene, 2012 has been a defining year for Egypt. January began with Egypt's Islamist parties winning elections to parliament, with the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) winning the largest number of seats, while the hardline Salafi Nour party came second.Thousands flooded Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square to commemorate the first anniversary of the January 25 revolution. While many were celebrating ...

Syria Journalists hell on earth for 2012

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Journalism has become one of the most dangerous careers in the past few years as more media figures have been targeted, imprisoned and tortured by parties who felt threatened to be documented by journalists.Violence and instability has spread more throughout the globe in 2012 as journalists preformed their obligations to cover the turmoil, especially in the Middle East region as revolutions continue to take place, resulting in the death of 70 journalists confirmed motive and 30 others still ...

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