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By Nader Fergany

ISBN-10: 1137590947

ISBN-13: 9781137590947

ISBN-10: 1349995355

ISBN-13: 9781349995356

In Arab Revolution within the twenty first Century?, Nader Fergany provides a compassionate research of the Arab renowned uprisings within the twenty first century, with specific connection with the instances of Egypt and Tunisia. below authoritarian rule, relentless injustice creates the target stipulations for expressions of well known protest that can culminate in renowned uprisings, as witnessed in lots of Arab international locations on the finish of the 1st decade of the twenty first century. Unsurprisingly, the slogans of the Arab Liberation Tide (ALT) renowned revolts headquartered round freedom, implying sound democratic governance, social justice, and human dignity for all. in truth, the short-lived governance preparations which the January 2011 well known rebel in Egypt, for instance, have been little greater than extensions of the authoritarian governance approach the riot got down to overthrow. there have been alterations, in fact, among the 3 short-lived regimes that took strength due to the fact then, yet in shape, instead of substance. This publication makes use of a structuralist political economic system framework instead of a close historic account because it considers how the ALT may well end up to be an old chance for human renaissance within the Arab global – or on the other hand a catastrophe of epic proportions.

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Indeed, it may be said that the SCAF acted almost invariably as if it were an extension of the former despotic regime, with some cosmetic concessions to the demands of the popular revolt, grudgingly granted in response to strident popular pressure. Acceding to some of these revolutionary demands appears to have been an acceptance that such measures were required to respond to, or in anticipation of, or to preempt, massive popular protests. Under intense popular pressure, the SCAF took steps to put the deposed despot on trial on charges of issuing the order to kill protesters during the popular uprising, and corruption, although the formulation of the legal case and compilation of evidence appeared to be seriously flawed.

In February 2015, with militias loyal to the deposed president Saleh joining forces with the Hothi rebels and fighting against the regime of his ex-vice president, these forces gained ground on the “legitimate” 32 Arab Revolution in the 21st Century? government. The internecine fighting that ensued prompted the UN Secretary General to lament: “Yemen is collapsing before our eyes”! In late February 2015, President Hadi, who had resigned earlier, fled to Aden, the capital of southern Yemen, effectively declared it the capital and, after Saudi Arabia and other GCC states opened embassies there, rescinded his resignation and declared Sana’a under occupation, pronouncing all actions by the Hothis as illegitimate.

Nevertheless, early success could turn into a vicious standoff or stalemate if the popular revolt is hijacked or aborted, especially if revolutionary forces fail to take hold of the reins of power. In fact, without revolutionary vigilance, this failure to govern could lead counterrevolutionary forces to rule instead. Egypt and Yemen are prime examples. One situation that represents some form of success is when serious constitutional reform is initiated by the ruling regime itself within its main authoritarian parameters, usually denoting the beginning of transition to a form of constitutional monarchy.

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