The lost Spring

The Arab Spring revolutions have lost their zeal. It’s easiest 
to say what has changed. Populations in the region have gone from being ‘objects’ to ‘actors’ in their own history.



By (Farouk Araie, by email)

Published: Tue 26 Feb 2013, 8:59 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:47 AM

From the Tunisians who discovered that their passion and mass peaceful protests could topple a supposedly impregnable regime, 
to the courageous Syrians 
who defy bloody repression 
at a cost of 70,000 dead.

There are reasons for optimism on this score for the Middle East, but it will not be easy or without reversals or bloodshed. The Arab Spring the Middle East and North Africa, but the euphoria of quick victories is fading.

The Arab Spring may become an Arab Winter if the violence and intimidation is not stopped. This fratricidal war has divided democrats, seriously damaged civil societies and had left a political vacuum in the face of the new rulers. A second Arab Spring is a distinct possibility.


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