The peasantry is still missing from the discourse of the protest movement. As important as political and security sector reform are, the protest movement must include rural Egypt if it is to reach critical mass.
The LMD reforms have tied the fate of the Algerian higher education
sector to European intellectual and economic development, reinforcing the neoliberal assault on higher education and on society at large.
The revolutionary calls were necessary; they united otherwise mutually hostile groups, politicised the
apolitical and neutralised the anti-political. But it was not exactly a rupture nor
a total break with the past.
The Muslim Brotherhood, secular activists and even regime supporters have decided to shield themselves from reality, focusing on a discourse that provides them with a protective layer from the
grim conditions engulfing them.
For Trump’s supporters, what they believe to be the ‘truth’ is a matter of no small significance. Now, and as a matter of urgency, an effective way in which to counter prevalent xenophobic public opinion must be found.