Browsing All posts tagged under »Arab Spring«

A Selecting Stones Review of 2011, and a Warm Welcome to 2012

December 31, 2011


By the Scientific Editors of Selecting Stones It goes without saying that 2011 has been an eventful year.  One crisis after another.  We could get into all the details, but let’s try to keep this short, instead, because the past is in the past, and the future is what matters. The Arab Spring, perpetual economic […]

Qadhafi Got What He Deserved

October 23, 2011


By Dawn Occidere There was a time, forty years ago, when Muammar al-Qadhafi represented the revolutionary aspirations of many of the people of the world. There was a point, though, probably sometime during the 1980s (or was it specifically between 1989 and 1991?), at which Qadhafi and everything that he used to represent went obsolete. […]

Wall Street Can’t Be Good, Must Be Spanked

October 5, 2011


By Anthony Burton Scarcely twenty years have passed since the fall of the Soviet Union, and yet the frightened bourgeoisie is still continuing to search for an explanation behind the Arab Spring, as if the sudden collapse of a few puppet regimes is somehow unprecedented, and as if all this spontaneous revolutionary activity were not […]

The Arab Spring arrives in New York, sort of

September 25, 2011


By Dawn Occidere You would have to be blind not to see what is happening in the world right now, everywhere, as a whole.  All within the past few months, we have the Arab Spring, riots in the U.K., months of student protests in Chile, and mass demonstrations in Greece and Italy, just to name […]

The Owl of Minerva flies high over Wasilla, Alaska

May 26, 2011


By Dawn Occidere As the most common interpretation of Middle Eastern history goes, the Arab countries’ defeat in the 1967 war with Israel marked the beginning of the end of secular Arab nationalism, and the subsequent rise of radical Islamism.  The events of 1967 were a crushing defeat for the secular Arab regimes.  For some […]

The Owl of Minerva flies high over Helsinki

May 8, 2011


By Dawn Occidere The true irony of the Arab Spring is that, whilst the Arabs openly declare their allegiance to the universal of political democracy, the Europeans move toward the particularity of their right-wing nationalist parties.  The logic of Eurocentrism posits “the West” as the progressive democratic universal, and “the East” as the backward theological […]

The Owl of Minerva flies high over Cairo

April 29, 2011


By Dawn Occidere The Arab Spring gives way to the Arab Summer as events escalate — to put it mildly — in Syria.  This year in which we’re living, 2011, has already proven itself to be an eventful one, and who can know how the rest of the year will take shape?  The Arab counties […]


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