Sunday, 24 March 2013


"From Arab Spring to global revolution"

"In an excerpt from his book Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere, Paul Mason argues that a global protest movement, based on social networks, is here to stay"
"The Protester" may have made it on to the cover of Time – but not a single protest has yet achieved its aim.
"Two years on from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the new Egyptian president is from the Muslim Brotherhood; on the streets of Cairo, the same kind of people who died in droves in 2011 are still getting killed. On the streets of Athens, the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is staging anti-migrant pogroms. In Russia, Pussy Riot are in jail and the leaders of the democracy movement facing criminal indictments. The war in Syria is killing 200 people a day. It's an easy step from all this to the conclusion that 2011, the year it all kicked off, was a flash in the pan. But wrong. Something real and important was unleashed in 2011, and it has not yet gone away. I am confident enough now to call it a revolution. Some of its processes conform to the templates laid down in the revolutionary wave that swept Europe in 1848, but many do not: above all, the relationship between the physical and the mental, the political and the cultural, seem inverted."The Guardian,
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For a somewhat unusual angle in the midst of unmitigated confusion:

"Alif the Unseen: speculative fiction meets the Arab spring

A Morsi supporter checks his laptop during protests outside the Presidential Palace in Cairo, EgyptG Willow Wilson's novel about Egyptian hackers is a delirious urban fantasy which puts the unlikely case for religion in an age of empowering but intrusive technology"


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