Posts tagged "Arab Spring"
Lessons from Mahalla, Paris: what future for Egypt’s fractured revolution?

Lessons from Mahalla, Paris: what future for Egypt’s fractured revolution?

When the Arab Spring erupted in 2011, the post-modern era of skepticism and pessimism in relation to positive, progressive political change was broken, albeit momentarily. The sight of thousands of people on the streets, demonstrating against corrupt politicians and their own exclusion from the system, filled many across the globe...
The Sudan Uprisings - clues for an anti-capitalist agenda

The Sudan Uprisings – clues for an anti-capitalist agenda

A spectre is haunting the world- the spectre of Austerity. Deficit-cutting measures now haunt populations across the world and it is the poorest and most vulnerable that are being hit the hardest. Guy Standing in his latest book has termed this class of people The Precariat, those in vulnerable and...
Reimagining Naïvety - Metropolis and 21st century politics

Reimagining Naïvety – Metropolis and 21st century politics

Utopias and dystopias of the past tell us something about the present: they reveal hopes and fears surrounding decisions that led to the way things are now. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis [1927] is a socialist fable of this kind. It unfolds the story of a mechanical city that has forgotten its...
Interconnected chaos in Islamic Africa – the Tuareg rebellion

Interconnected chaos in Islamic Africa – the Tuareg rebellion

Much has been written about the domestic implications of the Arab Spring, but the external relevance of the uprising across North Africa and the Arab world has not yet been considered in significant depth. The Tuareg rebellion in Northern Mali has forced this question to the surface. As Gaddafi’s patronage...
A Senegalese Spring or merely “we’re fed up”?

A Senegalese Spring or merely “we’re fed up”?

Senegal has long been understood as the bastion of democracy in western-most Africa. The region has seen prolonged conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia, post-election violence and disorder in Cote d’Ivoire and Tuareg rebellions in Mali. As socio-economic disputes in Senegal turn to public tumult, indolent journalists looking for a...