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Feb 22, 2011

In people power, there is hope yet for the Middle East

The Arab people’s hunger for the universal values of dignity, justice and freedom is no less potent than that of the Eastern European or South American people, writes Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University.

For the first time since post-colonial independence, a genuine popular revolution has succeeded in bringing down two dictatorships in the Arab world and in such a spectacular manner that it has left most analysts and governments in the region and internationally literally speechless.

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  1. MLF

    Many thanks for this thoughtful and interesting post.

    “…people power driven by a deep attachment to human dignity and freedom can be the best guarantee that the new governments irrespective of their political colours will only endure if they respond to the people’s demands for positive and inclusive agendas.”

    I don’t mean to be glib, but that’s not working so well for us over here in ‘the west’, is it?

  2. syzygium

    I think you’ll find that compared to most countries, what we have in ‘the west’ is working very well. Our problem is that our ruling class has become adept at incorporating trivial aspects of the people’s demands for a small slice of the electorate – keeping boats at bay, middle class welfare, and so on. Nevertheless, things rarely get really stuffed-up because we don’t stand for it.

    I suspect that the citizens of Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan would respond, “what I wouldn’t give for such a break-down in democracy!”

  3. MLF

    That’s fine but the quote didn’t mention democracy, it says the endurance of government and positive and inclusive agendas.

    This is not a west v non west comparison. Its a direct comment.

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