"In the end, our revolutions are not by or for or about the US. We in Tunisia and Egypt, and soon in Libya, Syria, Yemen, are looking for ways to run our countries to the benefit of our people and the world. We see that democracy is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition. “Democratic” systems are failing their people, in Britain, in India, in the US, as millions fall into poverty, banks take precedence over hospitals and universities, the environment is degraded and the fabric of society frayed"

@3 years ago with 4 notes
#Politics #Jasmine Revolution #The Arab Spring #Democracy #Ahdaf Soueif #The Guardian (UK) 

"Another irony has dawned on Egyptians. Those Arab dictators which claim to represent their people – Algeria comes to mind, and Libya, and Morocco – have signally failed to represent their people by not congratulating Egypt on its successful democratic revolution. To do so, needless to say, would be to saw off the legs of their own thrones."

@3 years ago
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China’s New Democracy Crackdown | NYRBlog 

It’s easy to forget in the midst of such scattered and dramatic events that there’s a geopolitical arm-wrestle at play, and that China’s unwillingness to countenance encouragement of or forcible intervention in favour of democratic uprisings and revolutionary movements in West Asia has everything to do with the millions of Chinese labourers protesting for human rights, or with its thousands of pro-democracy activists at home. Certainly this sort piece helps contextualise the slow motion response from the Security Council, but it also puts in context the untrammelled mass of people who still want some approximation of free political representation across the globe. Here’s hoping…

@3 years ago with 1 note
#Politics #China #Egyptian Revolution #Libya #Tunisia #Jasmine Revolution #Democracy #New York Review of Books 
"In the end, our revolutions are not by or for or about the US. We in Tunisia and Egypt, and soon in Libya, Syria, Yemen, are looking for ways to run our countries to the benefit of our people and the world. We see that democracy is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition. “Democratic” systems are failing their people, in Britain, in India, in the US, as millions fall into poverty, banks take precedence over hospitals and universities, the environment is degraded and the fabric of society frayed"
3 years ago
#Politics #Jasmine Revolution #The Arab Spring #Democracy #Ahdaf Soueif #The Guardian (UK) 
China’s New Democracy Crackdown | NYRBlog→

It’s easy to forget in the midst of such scattered and dramatic events that there’s a geopolitical arm-wrestle at play, and that China’s unwillingness to countenance encouragement of or forcible intervention in favour of democratic uprisings and revolutionary movements in West Asia has everything to do with the millions of Chinese labourers protesting for human rights, or with its thousands of pro-democracy activists at home. Certainly this sort piece helps contextualise the slow motion response from the Security Council, but it also puts in context the untrammelled mass of people who still want some approximation of free political representation across the globe. Here’s hoping…

3 years ago
#Politics #China #Egyptian Revolution #Libya #Tunisia #Jasmine Revolution #Democracy #New York Review of Books 
"Another irony has dawned on Egyptians. Those Arab dictators which claim to represent their people – Algeria comes to mind, and Libya, and Morocco – have signally failed to represent their people by not congratulating Egypt on its successful democratic revolution. To do so, needless to say, would be to saw off the legs of their own thrones."
3 years ago
#Politics #Robert Fisk #Egypt #Middle East #Egyptian Revolution #Democracy