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Terror comes to Egypt

In revolutions, there often comes a stage of “terror” involving purges, numerous executions, mass arrests, and disappearances. Terror arises at a time when a new government, brought to power by popular agitation, decides the time has come to destroy its … Continue reading

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Deaths in Egypt

I have seen reports in recent days of the death of democracy in Egypt (when was it ever alive — perhaps just barely?)  I have seen reports that the Arab Spring is “over,”  “dead” or “being reversed.” All of these … Continue reading

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Egypt Riots, Syria Suffers — Sad anniversary of the Arab Spring

The riots and resumption of martial law in three cities in Egypt had led many to again call the Egyptian revolution a failure.  Meanwhile, as Syria’s Assad declines to depart and marshalls his forces for further attacks in Homs, that … Continue reading

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Morsi’s Power Grab and Return

A couple of weeks ago, when writing an essay on the trajectories of the Arab revolts for a book chapter to appear in 2013, I wrote the following: ” [In Egypt] The level of broader education and civil society organization is … Continue reading

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Turmoil in Egypt and Syria

Egypt and Syria today are demonstrating two keys to understanding revolutions: (1) No one gives up power willingly; and (2) building coalitions with mass support is the key to gaining command. In Egypt, two titans are contending — the military … Continue reading

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