The Arab Awakening: Revolution Spinning in the Wind

(Economist-UK) For all their drama, and de spite the satisfaction of seeing hated rulers fall, the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have had to struggle to maintain momentum. The bloodier would-be revolutions in Libya, Syria and Yemen have dragged on for months, generating ever more destruction, with no resolution in sight. Other Arab states, especially the monarchies, have so far parried calls for change with seeming success, using the familiar mix of coercion, co-option and promises. Yet the overall trend towards democratization is no more stoppable in the Arab world than it has been elsewhere.

2011-07-18 00:00:00

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