Middle East

Apr 29, 2014

Algeria, Egypt, Syria … the end of the Arab Spring?

Hope can only get you so far, as participants in the Arab Spring are beginning to realise.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

In an op-ed piece a fortnight ago in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Zaretsky paraphrases the great French-Algerian writer Albert Camus: “Although there is no reason to hope, that is no reason for despair.” It’s meant as a comment on the Algerian presidential election, but it could stand as a verdict on the Arab Spring as a whole.

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2 thoughts on “Algeria, Egypt, Syria … the end of the Arab Spring?

  1. AR

    There could be a good reason “of course the polls will only be open in government-controlled territory,” … something like being bombed by avowedly, nay proudly anti-democratic jihadis.
    Here’s an idea – let those with blood on the cash fingers set up polling booths, under UN auspices, defined and then yield the votes to the aforesaid UN to count… jes’ a thought..

  2. Charles Richardson

    A better idea still, AR, would be UN-supervised free elections across the whole country. Any chance of your mate Assad agreeing to that?

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