History UsefulNotes / TheArabSpring

17th Jul '16 12:57:03 AM FFShinra
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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Due to the Saudi blockade of Yemen, both literal and economic, Yemen's banking system has seized up and therefore can no longer pay for food...or recieve them even if they could. This has led to 19 of the 22 governorates food insecure and 10 of those at the brink of outright famine.
13th Jul '16 6:07:31 PM FFShinra
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* DeathOrGloryAttack: The most common strategy among any of the fighting groups in the Arab Spring:
** In Iraq, Daesh's victories in Anbar and Mosul were due to this trope.
** In Libya, during the first civil war, the failure of this strategy kept eastern rebels bottled up.
** In Syria, the government tried and failed with a massive offensive toward Raqqa in mid-2016. The rebels tried the same against Assad's home province the previous year, again to abject failure.
** In Yemen, the Houthis launched a full scale invasion of Aden, the second largest city in the country and the biggest remaining stronghold of their enemies. Unlike other examples listed, they nearly succeeded until the combined militaries of the Gulf Cooperation Council came to the assistance of the beleagured defenders of the city. Sadly, they did not learn from the Houthi's failure and have tried several attempts at this against Sana'a, to no success.



* TheAlliance: One involving Iran and Russia and Assad on one side and Saudi Arabia and the West for the rebels on the other. Both view each other as actually being the makings of TheEmpire instead.



* ShroudedInMyth: Because the war in Syria has gone on the longest of the Arab Spring conflicts, several personalities have made themselves well known to observers of this conflict, particularly in the pro-Assad and Kurdish camps, but the other factions have them as well. Generals Suheil al-Hassan and Issam Zahreddine for the Syrian Aran Army, Commander Abu Layla for the Syrian Kurds, etc.



* TheAlliance: One involving Iran and Russia and Assad on one side and Saudi Arabia and the West for the rebels on the other. Both view each other as actually being the makings of TheEmpire instead.
13th Jul '16 5:30:39 PM FFShinra
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** In Syria, it was Kobani, Tel Abyad, Aleppo, Homs....

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** In Syria, it was Kobani, Tel Abyad, Aleppo, Homs....



** Marie Corvin of the Sunday Times, seasoned journalist who was famous for her eyepatch (courtesy of catching RPG shrapnel to the face when she was covering the Sri Lankan Civil War), was killed in 2012 during the Siege of Homs in Syria.
* DemocracyIsFlawed: The argument of those who opposed the removal of the Arab world's dictators by their own people.

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** Marie Corvin of the Sunday Times, seasoned journalist who was famous for her eyepatch (courtesy of catching RPG shrapnel to the face when she was covering the Sri Lankan Civil War), was killed in 2012 during the Siege of Homs in Syria.
Syria. In 2016, her family sued the Syrian government for deliberately targetting her as a journalist.
* DemocracyIsFlawed: The argument of those who opposed the removal of the Arab world's dictators by their own people.people, using the negative effects of the Arab Spring as their proof.



* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Was Mohamed Morsi an aspiring tyrant who intended to destroy Egypt's newfound democratic system and replace it with a Sunni theocracy/dictatorship, or was he a man trying to do his best in a difficult situation with many powerful and deeply entrenched forces both inside and outside the country arrayed against him?






* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Did the 2011 Sunni protests really start over legitimate grievances such as corruption and representation or were they always a front for ex-Ba’athists and Al-Qaida?
** Was al-Maliki a corrupt and power hungry leader whose sectarianism is to blame for the war or a weak leader who could not reign in on the forces pulling apart a fragmented country?
** Are the Hashd al-Shaabi sectarian militias whose Sunni and Christian members amount to nothing but tokens for good publicity or are they a pluralistic force who have singlehandedly prevented Iraq’s total collapse and represent its best chance against the Islamic State?
** Are the Kurds opportunists who are trying to get as many unequal deals as possible from a cash-strapped Baghdad to fill their own coffers or are they the only group who has consistently been pro-Western and a reliable ally against the Islamic State and are simply not inclined to trust Arabs who have oppressed them horrifically in the past?



* TheDreaded: The Hashd al-Shaabi are seen as this by the Sunni-populated areas. Likewise, Daesh for the Shia neighborhoods of Baghdad.



* HeroWithBadPublicity: If you subscribe to the Hashd al-Shaabi being the heroes, then it is fair to say that they got slapped with this trope ''hard'' after [[RapePillageAndBurn Tikrit]]. Their leadership has clamped down on such behaviour and they’ve been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMsvIDlsgiM trying to fix their image since]].
30th Jun '16 6:00:06 AM Neakal
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** In Iraq, it was Tikrit.

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** In Iraq, it was Tikrit.Tikrit, Ramadi and Fallujah with Mosul shaping up to be TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
26th May '16 4:10:26 AM Neakal
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Faida Hamdi [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/12054657/I-started-the-Arab-Spring.-Now-death-is-everywhere-and-extremism-blooming.html feels this way]] about herself. When she confronted Bouazizi and confiscated his fruit cart, she could not have imagined how far reaching the consequences of her actions would be.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Faida Hamdi [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/12054657/I-started-the-Arab-Spring.-Now-death-is-everywhere-and-extremism-blooming.html feels this way]] about herself. When she confronted Bouazizi and confiscated his fruit cart, she could not have imagined how far reaching the consequences of her actions would be.
26th May '16 4:08:39 AM Neakal
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Faida Hamdi [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/12054657/I-started-the-Arab-Spring.-Now-death-is-everywhere-and-extremism-blooming.html feels this way]] about herself. When she confronted Bouazizi and confiscated his fruit cart, she could not have imagined how far reaching the consequences of her actions would be.
4th May '16 9:53:29 PM Thecommander236
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* SanitySlippage: Just when the world thought the guy couldn't get any crazier, he started ranting about the uprising against him by his own people being fueled by Zionist agents, imperialist foreign powers and LSD,note while accusing the Western countries of orchestrating the whole thing in an insidious plot to destroy Libya's air conditioners.

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* SanitySlippage: Just when the world thought the guy couldn't get any crazier, he started ranting about the uprising against him by his own people being fueled by Zionist agents, imperialist foreign powers and LSD,note LSD, note while accusing the Western countries of orchestrating the whole thing in an insidious plot to destroy Libya's air conditioners.
4th May '16 9:26:57 PM Thecommander236
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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds and Turkmen [[{{Understatement}} don’t get along]]. And among the Shia, Da’wa, ISCI and the Sadrists have [[{{Understatement}} many differences in opinion]]. But until the Islamic State is gone, they need to work with eachother.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds and Turkmen [[{{Understatement}} don’t get along]]. And among the Shia, Da’wa, ISCI and the Sadrists have [[{{Understatement}} many differences in opinion]]. But until the Islamic State is gone, they need to work with eachother.each other.
4th May '16 9:16:14 PM Thecommander236
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* DarkestHour: The Islamic State’s offensive on the summer of 2014 which saw mass executions of across their territories, the expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the end of the Kurdish economic boom and a real possibility that Iraq would collapse.

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* DarkestHour: The Islamic State’s offensive on the summer of 2014 which saw mass executions of across their territories, the expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the end of the Kurdish economic boom and a real possibility that Iraq would collapse.
30th Apr '16 6:11:07 PM Dialh
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* IHaveManyNames: The self-proclaimed caliphate based in Raqqa officially goes by the name the Islamic State. However, most refer it to the name it had prior to declaring the caliphate, which is translated from Arabic as either the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Before the war it was Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Outside of the English-speaking world however, most refer to it by the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, transliterated as either Daesh, Da'ish, or DAIISH. [[note:]]This also has the effect of insulting said caliphate, as the aforementioned acronym sounds close to the Arabic words for "one who crushes something underfoot" and "one who sows discord". For this reason, the caliphate despises the acronym, and punishes its use by flogging or cutting out the speaker's tongue.[[/note]]

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* IHaveManyNames: The self-proclaimed caliphate based in Raqqa officially goes by the name the Islamic State. However, most refer it to the name it had prior to declaring the caliphate, which is translated from Arabic as either the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Before the war it was Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Outside of the English-speaking world however, most refer to it by the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, transliterated as either Daesh, Da'ish, or DAIISH. [[note:]]This [[note]]This also has the effect of insulting said caliphate, as the aforementioned acronym sounds close to the Arabic words for "one who crushes something underfoot" and "one who sows discord". For this reason, the caliphate despises the acronym, and punishes its use by flogging or cutting out the speaker's tongue.[[/note]]
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