WASHINGTON — The U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House has called the popular uprisings that swept the Arab world in 2011 the greatest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism, and said they have brought hope to people around the world who live in countries with oppressive governments…[READ MORE]
NEW YORK — Renowned Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat says her new exhibition, a series of photographs inspired by the Arab Spring and a short film about government censorship, is her most political work yet — channeling both current events and the situation in her native country.
The exhibition, hosted by the Gladstone Gallery in New York City’s artsy Chelsea neighborhood, drew hundreds to its opening night on January 12.
Afterward, Neshat told RFE/RL that she saw the work as her own reflection on and contribution to the wave of popular uprisings that swept through the Middle East and North Africa last year…[READ MORE]
A detained protester shows a victory sign from a police van as authorities cracked down on an anti-government demonstration called “Revolution Via Social Network” in Minsk on June 29.
2011: The Year in Photos: RFE/RL looks back at the year 2011, from the Arab Spring to memorial services for Kim Jong II and Vaclav Havel.