September 12, 2012

Arabs Lured By Politics of Outrage

Issandr El Amrani, The National

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One of the hopes - for me at least - of the Arab uprisings is that they will lead to a qualitative change in the substance of Arab politics. I mean this not just in the sense that undemocratic regimes will be undone, replaced by real politics with real stakes and rotation of power. I also mean that I hope the uprisings can short-circuit some old tropes of regional politics, about identity, wounded pride and angry impotence.

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TAGGED: Libya, Egypt, Arab Spring, Arab


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