It’s been just over a year since a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor named ­Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze, sparking ­demonstrations, revolts, and ­revolutions in the Arab world and beyond. Bouazizi’s ­despairing act, in the face of ­rampant ­corruption and a lack of economic opportunity, catalyzed the ouster of Tunisian ­President Zine al-­Abidine Ben Ali, the ­dismissal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, and the toppling of Libyan ­dictator ­Muammar ­Qaddafi. Yemeni ­President Ali Abdullah Saleh may be the next to go. Throughout 2011, ­hundreds of ­thousands of people across the Middle East and North Africa braved tear gas, water ­cannons, ­beatings, and worse to demand ­greater ­freedoms and more rights. In Libya and Syria, the uprisings turned into civil wars that killed thousands. ­Emboldened by the so-called Arab Spring, frustrated citizens from Italy to Israel to India, from Chile to China have rallied to fight the power.

Photography by: Nasser Nouri

It’s been just over a year since a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor named ­Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze, sparking ­demonstrations, revolts, and ­revolutions in the Arab world and beyond. Bouazizi’s ­despairing act, in the face of ­rampant ­corruption and a lack of economic opportunity, catalyzed the ouster of Tunisian ­President Zine al-­Abidine Ben Ali, the ­dismissal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, and the toppling of Libyan ­dictator ­Muammar ­Qaddafi. Yemeni ­President Ali Abdullah Saleh may be the next to go. Throughout 2011, ­hundreds of ­thousands of people across the Middle East and North Africa braved tear gas, water ­cannons, ­beatings, and worse to demand ­greater ­freedoms and more rights. In Libya and Syria, the uprisings turned into civil wars that killed thousands. ­Emboldened by the so-called Arab Spring, frustrated citizens from Italy to Israel to India, from Chile to China have rallied to fight the power.

Photography by: Nasser Nouri

The Arab Spring

Rise Up
Rise Up

It’s been just over a year since a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor named ­Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze, sparking ­demonstrations, revolts, and ­revolutions in the Arab world and beyond. Bouazizi’s ­despairing act, in the face of ­rampant ­corruption and a lack of economic opportunity, catalyzed the ouster of Tunisian ­President Zine al-­Abidine Ben Ali, the ­dismissal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, and the toppling of Libyan ­dictator ­Muammar ­Qaddafi. Yemeni ­President Ali Abdullah Saleh may be the next to go. Throughout 2011, ­hundreds of ­thousands of people across the Middle East and North Africa braved tear gas, water ­cannons, ­beatings, and worse to demand ­greater ­freedoms and more rights. In Libya and Syria, the uprisings turned into civil wars that killed thousands. ­Emboldened by the so-called Arab Spring, frustrated citizens from Italy to Israel to India, from Chile to China have rallied to fight the power.

Photography by: Nasser Nouri

Jasmine Revolution
Jasmine Revolution

Protesters hold a Tunisian flag in Tunis on Jan. 18. The "Jasmine Revolution" brought down President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Photography by: Fred Dufour/AFP

Liberation Square
Liberation Square

Egypt's flag flies over anti-government protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Jan. 25 saw the start of a movement that ended the rule of Hosni Mubarak.

Photography by: Guy Martin/Panos Pictures

Day of Rage
Day of Rage

Opposition parties demonstrate on Feb. 3 in Sana'a, Yemen, against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Photography by: Agnes Montanari/RAPHO

Defying Qaddafi
Defying Qaddafi

Demonstrators climb atop an army tank during a protest demanding the removal of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on Feb. 24 in Benghazi.

Photography by: John Moore/Getty Images

Book Burning
Book Burning

Libyans burn books authored by leader Muammar Qaddafi on Mar. 2 at a park in Benghazi.

Photography by: Mohamaad Hosam/UPI

Gas Mask
Gas Mask

An anti-government protester on Mar. 13 in Sana'a, Yemen, wears a mask to protect himself from tear gas fired by security forces.

Photography by: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Bahrain Smolders
Bahrain Smolders

Smoke billows on Mar. 16 in Pearl Square in Bahrain's capital, Manama, after police assaulted a protest camp. At least two protesters were killed.

Photography by: AFP

Hand-Delivered
Hand-Delivered

A Yemeni protester's hands bear Arabic writing for "Leave" and "Peaceful" during a demonstration against President Saleh on May 30 in Sana'a.

Photography by: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Yemen Rages
Yemen Rages

Anti-government protesters on June 21 in Sana'a, Yemen, chant slogans during a demonstration calling for the ouster of President Saleh.

Photography by: Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Syrian Uprising
Syrian Uprising

Protesters march on July 16 in Hama, Syria's fourth-largest city, which emerged as a focus of defiance against President Bashar Assad's government.

Photography by: Moises Saman/Redux

Troubled Transition
Troubled Transition

Demonstrators rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 29 in a protest meant to show unity during the transition from Mubarak's regime.

Photography by: Khaled Desouki/AFP

To the Front
To the Front

Libyan rebels drive toward the front line on Aug. 15 near the town of Brega

Photography by: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Behind Bars
Behind Bars

Egypt's former housing minister Mohammed Ibrahim Suleiman stands in a Cairo court on Aug. 27. Mubarak's ouster led to corruption charges for several deputies.

Photography by: AFP

Open Defiance
Open Defiance

In a demonstration on Sept. 6 in Sana'a, Arabic writing on a protester's chest reads: "Your bullets are our path to paradise. God is the greatest."

Photography by: Mohammad Huwais/Getty Images

Saleh's Return
Saleh's Return

Protesters rally in Sana'a on Sept. 23, when President Saleh returned to Yemen after three months recovering in Saudi Arabia from an assassination attempt.

Photography by: Yahya Arhab/Getty Images

Rocket Fire
Rocket Fire

Rebel fighters fire a rocket toward loyalist troops on Sept. 30 in Sirte, Libya.

Photography by: Aris Messinis/Getty Images

Bloodletting
Bloodletting

Coptic Christians hold a blood-stained cloth after a clash with police on Oct. 9 in Cairo, where they protested an attack on a church in southern Egypt.

Photography by: Owaise Mahmoud

Qaddafi Dead
Qaddafi Dead

Muammar Qaddafi's body lies on Oct. 20 at the home of a military commander in Misrata, Libya.

Photography by: Fabio Bucciarelli / LUZphoto

Street Battle
Street Battle

Protesters and security forces clash on Nov. 23 in Cairo, where Egypt's military was urged to hand over power to a transitional civilian government.

Photography by: Fabio Bucciarelli / LUZphoto

Egypt Ablaze
Egypt Ablaze

An Egyptian protester throws a stone toward soldiers as a building burns during clashes on Dec. 17 near Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Photography by: Ahmad Hammad/AP Photo

Roadblock
Roadblock

Motorists approach a barricade of burning tires on Dec. 17 in the village of Karzakan, Bahrain.

Photography by: Hasan Jamali/AP Photo