What we are reading - January 23, 2012

Our readers help us highlight what they are reading about the Arab Spring from around the web...
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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Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

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Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

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