It seems strange I have chosen at this time to write on what some call The Arab Spring, a series of protest in Africa and the Middle East nations against authoritarian rulers. A people’s movement featuring various forms of civil disobedience for example rallies, marches and strikes sometimes met with open violence by authorises. These events have seen increasing civil unrest across the region as the democratic tsunami rolled from Tunisia through Egypt and beyond. It has resulted in regime change, with the legislative/policy change, sacking of several governments, heads of state resigning, and even civil war. The people voice demands for political reform to end decades of authoritarian rule, which is unprecedented in the region.
Tunisian Revolution , 2011 Egyptian Revolution , 2011 Libyan civil war
2010–2011 Algerian protests, 2011 Bahraini protests, 2011 Djiboutian protests
2011 Iranian protests, 2011 Iraqi protests, 2011 Jordanian protests
2011 Moroccan protests, 2011 Omani protests, 2011 Syrian protests
2011 Yemeni protests, and others
What inspires me about these events is the civil passion to challenge the violent authority of aging dictators and seek to reinvigorate their nations. While I see, the calls for democracy in simple terms as a people demanding change to improve their lives. Some have described this social change movement as a youth movement. However, in these protests I have seen people from across the lifespan standing up and demanding social justice.
It is not about
Debates based on competing political philosophies – American Imperial, Capitalism and Socialism
Islamist threats verse Western interests around securing oil supplies
The power of social media – Twitter, Facebook and the blogger sphere theses are tools they are not feet on the ground
Traditional relations between the West & Arab people – as those being ousted are mainly Western puppets
However equally it may be about some and/or all of the above
All I can say is let the passions of the people reinforce their resolve in seeking to write their own destiny and defeat those who seek to expunge the flame of justice.