A Foreign Correspondent Reflects On The Arab Spring.
Veteran war correspondent Anthony Shadid spent much of the past decade in Baghdad covering the Iraq war, first for The Washington Post and then for The New York Times. Last December, Shadid left Baghdad for his home in Beirut, Lebanon, where he’s been based for more than a decade.
“It was amazing to me how many conversations I was having with people about how dejected they were, how disappointed, how pessimistic they were about where the Arab world was,” he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “… And so remarkably, just a week or two later, the uprising began in Tunisia.”
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