Thursday, September 15, 2011

My new post on Al Akhbar blog. Protests are not enough to change the rules of the game

The Arab uprising goes from strength to strength. When the Egyptian protestors stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last week, they showed that the power of protest can prevail over docile diplomacy. Across the Arab World, protest power has shown its effectiveness. The achievements are incontestable. Yet, in the world of the Excluded, the Arab protests are looked at with some cynicism: “what have they brought us?” people ask. In this post I argue that protests are just one tool of change and should not become the goal of the revolution. Nor should we wait until we have state power before we start changing social and economic conditions. We should take action on the ground, now.

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