What we are reading - January 23, 2012

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Arab Awakening
22 January 2012

Economic Reform in Morocco, The Road Not Taken Fair Observer, Samia Errazzouki

The recent self-immolations of unemployed graduates in Morocco’s capital illustrate an increasingly dire economic situation created by decades of authoritarian politics.

Year One of the Egyptian Revolution: Some Lessons Al Musry Al Youm, Roger Owen

Professor Owen looked at Egypt's Tahrir Square revolution in the light of the revolutions of 1919 and 1952, drawing on them to indicate some of the problems and possibilities ahead.

Algeria: Sidi Bouzid Fever Spreads AlAkhbar, Mourad al-Traboulsi

The threat of larger protests throughout Algeria has been growing for some time as President Bouteflika’s five-year plan appears to be lagging behind.

Major Tunisian Secular Parties Announce Merger Tunisia Live, Asma Ghrib

Three major secular opposition parties announced their decision to merge at a press conference held on Wednesday in downtown Tunis.

Egypt's women missing from formal politics Ahram Online, Hania Sholkamy

The remarkable revelation of the Egyptian revolution concerns women. It turns out that the women of Egypt are at the heart of our politics.

The Current Media Landscape in Egypt Jadaliyya, Interview

With the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising in Egypt fast approaching, Egypt’s military junta has stepped up its media campaign against democracy activists.

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Who's getting rich from COVID-19?

Boris Johnson's government stands accused of 'COVID cronyism', after handing out staggering sums of money to controversial private firms to fight COVID-19. Often the terms of these deals are kept secret, with no value-for-money checks or penalties for repeated failures which cost lives. And many major contracts have gone directly to key Tory donors and allies – without competition.

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