Arabs Lift Their Voices

(New York Times) Thomas L. Friedman - Until recently, the modern Arab world was largely immune to the winds of democracy that have blown everywhere else in the world. Why? The Arab peoples were told by their own leaders and state-owned intellectuals that democracy had to come later - after the nationalist struggle against colonialism or the liberation of Palestine or the creation of an Islamic state. The third Arab Human Development Report, written by a courageous group of Arab social scientists under the auspices of the UN Development Program, helps us understand why part of every Arab hates the U.S. invasion of Iraq - and why another part is praying that it succeeds.

2005-04-08 00:00:00

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