Until now, the struggle between autocrats and revolutionaries has been confined within national boundaries. But as the trend shifts towards a pooling of autocratic regimes’ resources, any future confrontation must be regional.
Islamic State project is finding some consensus in countries where political
deadlock reduces our social lives to a primordial level. Social and economic
frustration stays at an all-time high level, even in a country like Tunisia.
Egyptian Government’s anti-terrorism measures
are causing subtle but significant shifts in Cairo’s vibrant
informal service sector - illustrated through the experiences of
one middle-class resident and her long-serving part-time cleaner. Read part one of this two-part article: The maid's story.
The Egyptian Government’s anti-terrorism measures are causing subtle but significant shifts in Cairo’s vibrant
informal service sector- illustrated through the experiences of
one middle-class resident and her long-serving part-time cleaner. Read part two of this two-part article: The madame's story.
The reasons for the involvement of the west in the MENA region are not limited to oil and security. These are the arguments used by both local autocrats and western powers to maintain control. The real threat however is a global revolutionary movement.
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.