Tag: Arab Spring

  • Arab Spring and Syrian Refugee Crisis: Ten Theses for Discussion

    Our goal is to formulate ten theses on what we believe constitutes the historical background of the Syrian refugee crisis within the context of the Arab Spring. One central argument is that Western meddling in this process was turned into a violent contest for state power that has resulted in grave human tragedy. The recent … Keep reading »

  • Lineages of Revolt – Capitalism in the Middle East

    Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book and what are its key themes? Adam Hanieh (AH): The book was written over the course of 2011 and 2012 and was intended as a contribution to some of the debates that  emerged in these first years of the Arab uprisings. I did not want to write … Keep reading »

  • After the Arab Spring in Palestine

    Contesting the Neoliberal Narrative of Palestinian National Liberation Over the past year, as Arab peoples in surrounding countries erupted in protest against dictators, security regimes, and failed social and economic policies, the Palestinian people living in their occupied homeland have remained quiescent. Neither have mass protests targeted the Palestinian “regime’s” policies or negotiating performance, nor has … Keep reading »

  • The Arab Revolts Against Neoliberalism

    Completely unexpected, 2011 has emerged as a year of revolt against neoliberalism and austerity, from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Plaça de Catalunya of the indignados to Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street. The overthrow of long-standing authoritarian regimes in the Arab world re-asserted the moral and organizational capacities of workers and popular movements to … Keep reading »

  • The Tunisian Revolution Did Not Come Out Of Nowhere

    Interview with Sadri Khiari The Tunisian revolution has been the detonator of the wave of protests and uprisings which have spread across North Africa and the Middle East since January, 2011. Sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi on December 17, 2010, the Tunisian revolution quickly spread from the towns in the central mining and agricultural … Keep reading »

  • Using Libya to Abort the Arab Spring

    We said on 18 January in our article “The Arab Spring of Democracy” that all Arab states share the same characteristics, and from this deduction that the same conditions will produce the same results. On 25 January, following the Tunisian revolution, the Egyptian uprising began. Since then, popular uprisings are spreading like wildfire in the … Keep reading »

  • Tunisia’s Ongoing Revolution

    An eventful two months have passed since mass protests toppled former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali – largely out of the media spotlight once the revolution spread to Egypt, but with great importance for the struggle for democracy and justice, in Tunisia and beyond. In December and January, a nationwide movement emerged in … Keep reading »

  • Libya and the Danger of Humanitarian Intervention

    Events are rapidly unfolding in Libya and the surrounding region, and military intervention appears to be an increasing reality as the hours pass. One look at the principal Western nations deploying their military forces to the Mediterranean says a great deal: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France. Italy has also repudiated its … Keep reading »

  • Tahrir Square: This is What Democracy Looks Like!

    “The more late his decision to go away is, the more creative and more beautiful the revolution. So I want him to give us some more time to make a more beautiful revolution.” — pro-democracy protester in Tahrir Square, Ali El Mashad. Since the Egyptian revolution’s first mass protests exploded throughout the country on January … Keep reading »

  • The Egyptian Uprising and Workers’ Grievances

    It is too early to give an explanation for the Egyptian revolt. Much still needs to be understood about the character and the driving forces behind this sustained mass mobilization, as well as its dynamic and development. Some initial thoughts could still be entertained, however, especially with regards to the nature of the protestors’ demands. … Keep reading »

  • Revolution in the Arab World…

    Toronto — 13 February 2011. With Gilbert Achcar – Professor of Development Studies, University of London, author of The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder and The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives. Moderated by Mary-Jo Nadeau – CAIA. Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice; Coalition Against Israeli … Watch video »

  • Egypt’s Uprising: Not Just a Question of ‘Transition’

    The events of the last weeks are one of those historical moments where the lessons of many decades can be telescoped into a few brief moments and seemingly minor occurrences can take on immense significance. The entry of millions of Egyptians onto the political stage has graphically illuminated the real processes that underlie the politics … Keep reading »