10 results for 'arab spring'
...I was, from Tunis in the fertile north to Tozeur in the arid south.
It’s true that the Salafists, the country’s Islamic fundamentalist movement, have been growing in importance since the overthrow of President Ben Ali in January of last year, an event which launched the so-called Arab Spring, but they are still a tiny minority. This is a country whose economy depends on tourism, a country unlikely (the stress here has to be on unlikely) to cut its own throat in a bogus quest for religious purity.
I did, however, detect a mood of uncertainty, of expectations heated in... (more)
...misdirected –“If the American government could stop free expression then the American constitution, democracy itself, would be meaningless.”
This is the key. Quite frankly, across so much of the Islamic world democracy and freedom are indeed meaningless words, the so-called Arab Spring notwithstanding. That was never about the forms of democratic freedom we understand in the West: it was about replacing a brutal minority with a brutal majority. Let’s not deceive ourselves here. Intolerance is the watchword, a point over which a good many in the Islamist camp will... (more)
Are you following events in Syria? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly is. She recently berated Russia and China for the tacit support they have given to the beleaguered regime of President Bashar Assad.
She was talking at a conference held in Paris by the so-called Friends of Syria group, which has promised to massively increase aid to the rebel forces. There she was, Dame Hillary, waving her verbal wand, threatening to cast spells on the Russians and Chinese unless they get off the sidelines and support the “legitimate aspirations” of the people of Syria.
What are... (more)
Egyptians reacted with mixed emotions to the life sentence of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack for his role in the killing of pro-reform demonstators as his two sons were acquitted of corruption in the verdict, reports CNN. This mixed ruling triggered protests and a crowd of approximately 10,000 people assembled at Cairo's Tahrir Square. Protesters also vented similar emotions at the port cities of Alexandria and Suez on the Red Sea.
"When the pro-democracy protests started in January last year, few would have dreamed this would be the punishment handed down to the... (more)
I’ve been keeping a close eye on political events in Egypt, an interest spurred by my visit to the country last November. Some news I get via email from people I met while I was there, people with hopes of a better future, mired ever deeper in doubt, especially now that the Islamists have come out of the parliamentary elections as the dominant force, commanding two-thirds of the representation.
A presidential election is scheduled for sometime this year but in the meantime the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) remains in control. The generals may eventually slip into the background,... (more)
...and doubt. Various forums and presses are filled with analysis and opinion regarding the meaning and significance of the world’s upheavals, and the whole thing reeks of arrogance. There are an infinite number of ways one can approach and interpret events much simpler than the so-called Arab Spring, and we would be far better off to withhold our incessant chatter. Defining things makes us feel more secure but I doubt it really bring us closer to the truth.
According to Ecclesiastes, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which... (more)
I saw lots of political graffiti in Egypt. I can’t read Arabic but I know it was political because it was often accompanied by an illustration or even some English text. In Aswan one wall had a depiction of Mina Daniel, a Coptic Christian killed by the army in October. It was close to one of Che Guevara, a figure with whom he identified, something I found out later.
There was something else, something that puzzled me, an image of a woman who appeared to be posing naked; she was certainly wearing stockings or holdups and her shoulders were bare, but the central part of her body was covered... (more)
The pictures are grim, bloody and depressing, the final stages in the life of the Arab world's longest standing dictator. I never thought I could ever have any sympathy for Mummar Gaddafi, but now I do, seeing him treated like that, brutalised by a mob that could not resist taking trophy pictures on their phones, capturing the moment, capturing history, blood to be savoured at leisure.
And those who did not see his end and that of his son Mutassin have been able to queue up in Misrata, children included, to have a look at the remains, masks courteously provided to ward of the stink... (more)
I never believed that the so-called Arab spring would ever turn to summer, not when the people of Egypt said, when polled, that they wanted democracy and they wanted Sharia law. The two are as apart as night and day. One can either have human law or divine law. One cannot have both.
With an eye on events in Syria, Yemen and Libya, the world has turned away from Tunisia, the place where the Jasmine Revolution began. If I tell you that more and more people are beginning to regret the passing of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the former president, then you might begin to understand the present... (more)
...Minister, both in favour of air attacks, had paused to consider what a post-Gaddafi Libya would look like? Did you know, for instance, that al-Qaeda has been active among the Libyan rebels? I suspect that most people do not.
It would be rash to speculate exactly when the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ will end, not just in Libya but across the whole region, including Syria and Yemen. One thing I will hazard though: the outcome will not be a democratic summer, more an Islamist winter.
In Tunisia, where the whole affair began, it looks like the Islamist parties could win the... (more)
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