New realities after Arab Spring

TRIPOLI, LIBYA - DECEMBER 2: A woman walks through the charred remains of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's villa in Tripoi, Libya, on Friday, December 2, 2011. The compound has become a tourist attraction for locals to traipse through and leave graffiti messages. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

As the Arab Spring gives way to the next chapters in Bahrain, Egypt and Libya, the outcomes in each country are far from uniform. In Bahrain, hopes — as well as the uprising — are crushed; in Egypt, the centers of power remain virtually unchanged; in Libya, there’s a push toward elective democracy.

Courage that launched a revolution

Courage that launched a revolution

The real roots of Egypt’s revolution may lie in a crumbling cotton mill town in the Nile Delta, and with an old-fashioned labor dispute.

Moussa bids to lead a new Egypt

Moussa bids to lead a new Egypt

The statesman’s campaign could be derailed by his long associations with the fallen regime.

Progressive Salafist a lonely voice

Progressive Salafist a lonely voice

Mohammad Tolba wants to bridge a divide between conservatives and liberals that still threatens to splinter the Egyptian revolution.

In Egypt, a dreamer’s lonely protest

In Egypt, a dreamer’s lonely protest

Mubarak is gone, but a young Egyptian perseveres even if others have moved on.

A Libyan rebel’s motivation

A Libyan rebel’s motivation

What moves men such as Muktar al-Akhdar may shape the new Libya as much as the negotiators writing first drafts of a constitution.

Facebook revolution in identity crisis

Facebook revolution in identity crisis

Egyptian activists struggle to unite a splintered movement by using the tool that created it: The Internet.

Activist’s death stokes debate in Syria

Activist’s death stokes debate in Syria

Colleagues voice outrage after the death of a man who earned the nickname “Little Gandhi.”

Amid turmoil, tribal leaders show clout

Amid turmoil, tribal leaders show clout

The influence of Yemeni tribes is in many ways just as important as that of the president and the opposition.

In Egypt, U.S. seeks a few good democrats

In Egypt, U.S. seeks a few good democrats

The United States has to decide whether two newly minted revolutionaries are the right people to help in that effort.

Egypt’s ‘Steel King’ swept from throne

Egypt’s ‘Steel King’ swept from throne

Billionaire Ahmed Ezz has emerged as perhaps the most hated symbol of the old system.

Sparking a revolution in Tunisia

Sparking a revolution in Tunisia

In Tunisia, a fruit vendor’s act of defiance in the face of corruption sparks an Arab uprising.

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Making demands across the Middle East

Demonstrations inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia quickly spread.

Middle East protests

Use this map to keep up with all of the Middle East and North Africa demonstrations.

New pages in Egypt’s Facebook revolution

Egyptian activists are focusing on new targets.

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Libyan rebels remain defiant

Libyan rebels remain defiant

Despite losing eight lives in the battle for control of Qawalish, rebels in Libya remain defiant against the Gaddafi regime. And, in this fighting, a laundry list of the rebels' limitations was exposed. (July 15)
NATO, rebels showing strains in Libya

NATO, rebels showing strains in Libya

Libyan rebels had a major setback in the western mountains as their NATO allies are showing strains while Moammar Gaddafi remains in power. (July 13)
Obama outlines economic aid to Mideast and North Africa

Obama outlines economic aid to Mideast and North Africa

President Obama unveils a series of economic initiatives to encourage democracy in the Middle East and North Africa, including aid for Tunisia and a total of $2 billion in debt relief and loan guarantees for Egypt's fledgling government.
Zuckerberg plays down Facebook's role in revolts

Zuckerberg plays down Facebook's role in revolts

Speaking at the e-G8 summit in Paris, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg plays down the importance of the social networking website for the revolutions that toppled presidents in Egypt and Tunisia. (May 26)