Daily Egypt and Tunisia links 01/24/2016

  • tags: ArabSpring analysis opinion Egypt Tunisia Jordan Yemen Algeria Morocco Libya Bahrain Syria revolution authoritarianism

    • What Egypt witnessed, and what soon spread to most of the Arab revolutionary states, is that the action of the revolution itself, the mass civilian protest, was sufficient to bring down the regimes but could not uproot the state establishment.

      The Arab regimes, with few exceptions, were able since the 1960s to seize full control of the state, with all its civilian, security and military apparatuses and managed to subjugate it to the rulers’ needs. Those who stand in the face of the peoples, and those who turned against the movement of revolution and change, are not just the traditional ruling class, but the entire state establishment.

    • the forces of revolution and change were not able to see the importance of what the Arabs share in common.

      They did not realise that they were facing counterrevolutionary forces both locally and regionally. All the faltering of the Arab revolution and its counterrevolution has a regional dimension. In the case of Syria in particular, the regional soon changed into international.

    • the counterrevolution’s wave has not been able to provide an alternative capable of gaining sufficient legitimacy to continue. All the counterrevolutionary states are in fact failing states

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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