The weakness of the urban middle class and their sense of isolation has become a bastion for the support for autocracy. Fear of a social revolution has been the main driver in the alliance between the military and the urban middle class.
The systematic neglect of border regions by military-backed
governments in the Middle East has enabled the success of extreme terrorist
groups in these marginalised areas, resulting in 'geographies of hate'.
With a never-ending siege on Gaza, the economic capacity of Palestinians has shrunk to an unbearable limit where families struggle to feed their children. A breeding ground is thereby created for extremism and radical ideologies.
The EU is following a bizarre logic, where support is given to autocratic regimes who benefit from the rise of extremist groups, instead of seeking reasons for the rise of radicalization among European youth. Why?
The Arab World is becoming increasingly unstable and the current elites are using severe coercion to remain in power. However, the use of coercion will lead to instability, as the opposition becomes more radicalized and prone to violence.
Those who hold Muslims accountable for
these acts, or demand that they apologize for them, are delusional. Beyond
Europe, Al-Qaeda has declared open war against most Arab and Muslim-majority
countries, especially those allied to the west.
Faced with unequal power relations at the negotiating
table and authoritarian consolidation, a member of the 50-committee explores how feminist voices achieved leverage when drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution to include article 11.
Has the Arab Spring failed to
go far enough? What kind of complicating factor is ISIS? Turkey's PM calls for a stategy to ensure democracy survives in the region–and hints at the opportunity Europe has.
civilians have been tried in military courts in the three years since the
revolution than during the whole of Mubarak’s authoritarian rule. What
happened to the revolutionary cry for “bread, freedom and justice”?
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
Even though the regime has the upper hand in material repression, it is far from invincible. Its Achilles heel is its ideological weakness, and the creation of a revolutionary mythology may be a first step in the long journey of dismantling its ideological base.
Not only did the Arab peoples revolt, but the power of their revolts was so significant and threatening to the regional geopolitical order that the regional powers had to diffuse the collective consciousness at any cost.
Does the term ‘occupation’ delegitimize
movements by casting participants as short-term guests, instead of
representatives communicating grievances held by a wider society within a
public forum that is theirs?
Yara Sallam might be just one more name to add to the list of people wronged by the Egyptian justice system. But more importantly, she is one more name temporarily taken off an ever shrinking list of those fighting against all odds to correct injustice.