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Are the Arab revolutions back? | Al Jazeera

Unprecedented demonstrations against the government in Lebanon suggest that proverbial sectarianism seems to have suddenly disappeared. Widespread protests have been occurring in other countries too, such as Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and more recently, Iran. These countries and their unprecedented demonstrations have a few things in common: corruption of an incompetent government, economic collapse, political woes, repression and violence. According to a Columbia University professor, Hamid Dabashi, the revolutionary momentum in the Arab world from 2011 never died out. These protests are indicative of that, and Dabashi asks, ‘did they ever go away to begin with?’

The governments of regional authoritative powers with the U.S. and Israel on one side, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on the other were the two counter-revolutionary forces that tried to extinguish the revolutions in the past; however, Dabashi believes is ‘wrecked havoc, stifling the spirit of the Arab revolts.’ Uprisings were veiled with sectarianism, making the people doubt their desires. Protests turned into to ‘foreign plots,’ and the words ‘terrorism’ and ‘migration’ were used to blackmail people into justifying violent crackdowns–‘that stability can be maintained with an iron fist.’ The facts on the ground, however, never failed. Economic, political and moral facts got people to stand up and go back out on the streets again to chant–“bread, freedom, social justice!”

To read more on Dabashi’s viewpoints and about the ‘larger pattern at work,’ click the link below:

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com

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