"when two modes of power face each other in the public space and the power that has established itself as the law cannot win and is not able to restore recognition of its exclusive hold of violence and authority in the shared space – we face a revolution. Revolution, then, is not the description of “results”, “political achievements” or a “bundle of reforms” but rather a description of new power relations, not fixed in space, that contest the existing structure of sovereignty and interrupt its performative reiterations."

From the perennially brilliant philosopher, cultural theorist and photography critic/theorist Ariella Azoulay, in a lecture delivered to Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, February 2011.
@2 years ago with 3 notes
#Philosophy #Photography #Ariella Azoulay #The Arab Spring #Egyptian Revolution #Jasmine Revolution #Theory 

The Army vs. the People?: Special Report from Egypt 

Some saddening news from Egypt about the developing political climate. Beyond the ominous totalitarian actions reportedly undertaken by the military lies the shameful disenfranchisement of Egyptian women from the process of reconstruction and liberation.

@3 years ago
#Politics #Jasmine Revolution #Egypt #Democracy Now! 

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"

@2 years ago with 4 notes
#Politics #Jasmine Revolution #The Arab Spring #Democracy #Ahdaf Soueif #The Guardian (UK) 
If you can spare a few pounds, dollars or euros, please give to the World Medical Camp Libya which is set up on the Egyptian/Libyan border getting badly-needed medical supplies into the country.

If you can spare a few pounds, dollars or euros, please give to the World Medical Camp Libya which is set up on the Egyptian/Libyan border getting badly-needed medical supplies into the country.

@3 years ago with 1 note
#Libya #Jasmine Revolution 
"when two modes of power face each other in the public space and the power that has established itself as the law cannot win and is not able to restore recognition of its exclusive hold of violence and authority in the shared space – we face a revolution. Revolution, then, is not the description of “results”, “political achievements” or a “bundle of reforms” but rather a description of new power relations, not fixed in space, that contest the existing structure of sovereignty and interrupt its performative reiterations."
From the perennially brilliant philosopher, cultural theorist and photography critic/theorist Ariella Azoulay, in a lecture delivered to Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, February 2011.
2 years ago
#Philosophy #Photography #Ariella Azoulay #The Arab Spring #Egyptian Revolution #Jasmine Revolution #Theory 
"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"
2 years ago
#Politics #Jasmine Revolution #The Arab Spring #Democracy #Ahdaf Soueif #The Guardian (UK) 
The Army vs. the People?: Special Report from Egypt→

Some saddening news from Egypt about the developing political climate. Beyond the ominous totalitarian actions reportedly undertaken by the military lies the shameful disenfranchisement of Egyptian women from the process of reconstruction and liberation.

3 years ago
#Politics #Jasmine Revolution #Egypt #Democracy Now! 
If you can spare a few pounds, dollars or euros, please give to the World Medical Camp Libya which is set up on the Egyptian/Libyan border getting badly-needed medical supplies into the country.
3 years ago
#Libya #Jasmine Revolution 
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