April 9, 2014

The False Promise of Arab Regime-led Reform

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

The Associated Press

This approach of feigned reforms from the top has been used by most Arab autocrats during the past decades of rule, and never, ever has it resulted in real change. Talk of reform or political pluralism is what Arab dictators do when they feel they are being pressured by their own people, as Bashir is these days. It was not surprising, therefore, that just as Bashir was announcing his move to increase political activity and liberties in the country, the leading opposition Reform Now Party charged that government security agents had detained a leader of its student wing and prevented the holding of a party meeting at a university.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Arabs, Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Somalia, Algeria, Africa

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