“The Arab Spring is far from over”
▻http://www.politico.eu/article/arab-spring-not-over-repercussions-for-middle-east-region-unrest #Arab_Spring #revolution
“Remember it took 80 years and 12 constitutions before France became a stable democracy in 1870.”
No Tunisian could have imagined that this old man, #Beji_Caid_Essebsi, who had been forgotten with the ministers of former President Habib #Bourguiba, will become the president of Tunisia at almost 90 years of age after a revolution that was driven by the Tunisian youth.
The puzzling return of Essebsi in post-revolution #Tunisia
Head of the Tunisian ISIE elections body, Chafik Sarsar (C) and ISIE fellow members stand in front of a giant screen during a press conference on December 22, 2014 in Tunis to announce that anti-Islamist politician #Beji_Caid_Essebsi (R on the screen) won Tunisia’s presidential election with 55.68 percent of the vote beating incumbent #Moncef_Marzouki. AFP/Fethi Belaid Head of the Tunisian ISIE elections body, Chafik Sarsar (C) and ISIE fellow members stand in front of a giant screen during a press conference on December 22, 2014 in Tunis to announce that anti-Islamist politician Beji Caid Essebsi (R on the screen) won Tunisia’s presidential election with 55.68 percent of the vote beating incumbent Moncef Marzouki. AFP/Fethi Belaid (...)
#Tunisia on edge ahead of tomorrow’s presidential run-off election
Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate for the anti-Islamist #Nidaa_Tounes party, #Beji_Caid_Essebsi attend his last meeting on December 19, 2014 on the Avenue Bourguiba in #Tunis, on the last day of campaigning before the second-round of the presidential election to be held on December 21. AFP/Fethi Belaid Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate for the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi attend his last meeting on December 19, 2014 on the Avenue Bourguiba in Tunis, on the last day of campaigning before the second-round of the presidential election to be held on December 21. AFP/Fethi Belaid
For the first time in their history, the Tunisians will have to stay up very late tomorrow night before (...)
How not to write about Africa: Use “African Spring”
On October 30, as thousands of determined Burkinabe put an end to the 27 year rule of their Western-backed autocratic leader, Blaise Compaoré, journalist Hewete Selassie asked a question (in a tweet) that pops up whenever mass protests break out somewhere in Africa: “So is #BurkinaFaso the beginning of the African #Arabspring?” It is one […]
Statue of Lady Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon taken on February 24, 2014. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons-Franziska) Statue of Lady Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon taken on February 24, 2014. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons-Franziska)
The “official” position we have been hearing from Western governments regarding the presidential elections in #syria is not very far from the truth. However, the problem with the truth is that it changes according to what we see, or rather to what we wish to see, depending on the awareness and interests of the onlooker.
Post-revolution #Yemen: back to the golden age of radio
A Yemeni graffiti artist paints on a wall in the capital Sanaa to campaign against corruption in Yemen on May 15, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Huwais) A Yemeni graffiti artist paints on a wall in the capital Sanaa to campaign against corruption in Yemen on May 15, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Huwais)
For 33 years, former Yemeni President #Ali_Abdullah_Saleh kept a tight grip on the media, imposing his own image and voice on the public, and prohibiting any other figure from reaching out to the people. He monopolized all media outlets by rejecting any law that would pave the way for establishing local or party affiliated TV channels and private radio stations.
Jamal Jubran (...)
In #Sudan, “freedom for my mum”
In Sudan, the numbers of women political prisoners are rising, largely because the numbers of women protesting the government and the state are rising. Last week, in response to both economic difficulties stemming from South Sudan’s independence (and loss of oil revenues) and World Bank ‘advice’, the government of Sudan ended gas subsidies. Good ‘economic’ sense? […]
“although women may have been on the barricades beside men, they are swiftly losing ground in...
A New Deal for Israel
Rafe MAIR (Canada)
Strategic Culture Foundation (Strategic Culture Foundation provides a platform for exclusive analysis, research and policy comment on Eurasian and global affairs)
“Just like bouts of poison ivy, every few years we see a watershed visit to Israel by a sitting US president. And every time that happens we’re all supposed to take heart. Then the usual drift sets in, there are international incidents and resolutions of the United Nations.
President Obama has just concluded such a session with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and although it depends upon who’s reporting, Mr Obama was seen to be backing Israel while belittling the Palestinians. This is understandable in terms of US current internal politics but is folly for the long term…
(…) America must survey not just what is today but what the unfolding landscape will look like and judge its position with Israel in that light. In the mix it must be recognized that Israel’s population is over 20% Arab and growing.
Here’s what President Obama must do.
First he speak at home a new and more aggressive policy towards Israel, In that regard, Mr Obama must establish as a condition precedent to future discussions that she tear down the settlements – all of them – and pledge to desist in this practice. One suspects that the only reason Israel has followed this policy is an «up yours» to its neighbours.
Second, Israel must consent to a «two state» policy including Gaza.
Thirdly the United States must guarantee the safety of Israel’s new boundaries.
Fourthly, America must set up but not be part of, an organization much like the Organization Of American States (OAS) if only as a «talk shop» to keep dialogues going amongst the various states.
How can the US force Israel to seek reason?
With money, the oldest and best weapon in history. The US funds to Israel are critical. They must be the pressure points in US policy.
This isn’t intended to state that Israelis the only naughty child in the region but it is to say that she is the object of hatred throughout. No one expects that new firm boundaries will mean peace and harmony in the area. As I often say to my wife, we’ll have peace in the world just as soon as a village can draw up a dog by law that everyone can live with. (…)
How the urbanism of small cities helped shape the Arab uprisings | The Global Urbanist
Très intéressant point de vue
Often neglected by political dictators as well as by urban theorists, small cities played a role in sparking the Arab uprisings in several countries. The lack of attention paid to them allowed growing unrest to go unnoticed, but also means that we still know little about the forces that allow small cities to change the course of history.