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Voices Of The Arab Spring

Author : Asaad Al-Saleh
ISBN : 9780231538589
Genre : Political Science
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Narrated by dozens of activists and everyday individuals, this book documents the unprecedented events that led to the collapse of dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Beginning in 2011, these stories offer unique access to the message that inspired citizens to act, their experiences during revolt, and the lessons they learned from some of the most dramatic changes and appalling events to occur in the history of the Arab world. The riveting, revealing, and sometimes heartbreaking stories in this volume also include voices from Syria. Featuring participants from a variety of social and educational backgrounds and political commitments, these personal stories of action represent the Arab Spring's united and broad social movements, collective identities, and youthful character. For years, the volume's participants lived under regimes that brutally suppressed free expression and protest. Their testimony speaks to the multifaceted emotional, psychological, and cultural factors that motivated citizens to join together to struggle against their oppressors.
Category: Political Science

Revolution 2 0

Author : Wael Ghonim
ISBN : 9783843701839
Genre : Political Science
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Mit verbundenen Augen saß Wael Ghonim, Marketingchef von Google, 12 Tage im Gefängnis der ägyptischen Staatspolizei. Kaum war er wieder frei, wurden ihm vor laufender Kamera Bilder von getöteten Demonstranten gezeigt. Er brach in Tränen aus. Der Widerstand hatte ein neues Gesicht. Zum ersten Mal erzählt Ghonim von seinem Kampf gegen die ägyptische Regierung nach der Ermordung des Bloggers Khaled Said. Während der Protestbewegung gegen Präsident Mubarak gründete er die Facebook-Gruppe »We are all Khaled Said«, wo er zu Demonstrationen gegen das Regime aufrief. Zwei Wochen später trat Mubarak zurück. Wael Ghonim erklärt, warum eine Revolution in Ägypten unausweichlich war und was man daraus lernen kann: Er liefert die Blaupause dafür, wie wir Dinge verändern können – bis zur Revolution 2.0.
Category: Political Science

Im Taxi

Author : Chalid Al-Chamissi
ISBN : 9783857875151
Genre : Fiction
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Kaum ein Berufsstand Ägyptens ist näher am Puls der Gesellschaft als die 250000 Kairoer Taxifahrer. Wer wissen will, was die Menschen umtreibt, liest keine Zeitung, sondern nimmt das Taxi und hört auf das, was ihm der Fahrer erzählt: »Wir leben in einer einzigen Lüge und glauben daran. Die Regierung ist nur dazu da, zu prüfen, ob wir die Lüge wirklich schlucken, finden Sie nicht auch?« »Im Taxi« plaudert, diskutiert, feilscht und streitet Chalid al-Chamissi mit Fahrern, die im kleinen öffentlichen und doch abhörfreien Raum ihrer Wagen ihren Frust über das korrupte Regime und die allgegenwärtigen Missstände in Ägypten loswerden - mit immerhin einem Zuhörer: ihrem Fahrgast. Aus achtundfünfzig kurzen, pointenreichen Episoden entsteht ein großes Mosaik der ägyptischen Gesellschaft, eine Hommage an die oft verschmähte Kultur der Straße.
Category: Fiction

Dancing In Damascus

Author : miriam cooke
ISBN : 9781315532912
Genre : Social Science
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On March 17, 2011, many Syrians rose up against the authoritarian Asad regime that had ruled them with an iron fist for forty years. Initial successes were quickly quashed, and the revolution seemed to devolve into a civil war pitting the government against its citizens and extremist mercenaries. As of late 2015, almost 300,000 Syrians have been killed and over half of a total population of 23 million forced out of their homes. Nine million are internally displaced and over four million are wandering the world, many on foot or in leaky boats. Countless numbers have been disappeared. These shocking statistics and the unstoppable violence notwithstanding, the revolution goes on. The story of the attempted crushing of the revolution is known. Less well covered has been the role of artists and intellectuals in representing to the world and to their people the resilience of revolutionary resistance and defiance. How is it possible that artists, filmmakers and writers have not been cowed into numbed silence but are becoming more and more creative? How can we make sense of their insistence that despite the apocalypse engulfing the country their revolution is ongoing and that their works participate in its persistence? With smartphones, pens, voices and brushes, these artists registered their determination to keep the idea of the revolution alive. Dancing in Damascus traces the first four years of the Syrian revolution and the activists’ creative responses to physical and emotional violence.
Category: Social Science

The Unfinished Revolution

Author : Minky Worden
ISBN : 9781609803889
Genre : Social Science
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“It’s a time of change in the world, with dictators toppling and new opportunities rising, but any revolution that doesn’t create equality for women will be incomplete. The time has come to realize the full potential of half the world’s population.” —Christiane Amanpour, from the foreword The Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls, including in the Middle East where the Arab Spring raised high hopes, but the political revolutions are so far insufficient to guarantee progress. Around the world, women and girls are trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery, trapped in conflict zones where rape is a weapon of war, prevented from attending school, and kept from making deeply personal choices in their private lives, such as whom and when to marry. In many countries, women are second-class citizens by law. In others, religion and traditions block freedoms such as the right to work, study or access health care. Even in the United States, women who are victims of sexual violence often do not see their attackers brought to justice. More than 30 writers—Nobel Prize laureates, leading activists, top policymakers, and former victims—have contributed to this anthology. Drawing from their rich personal experiences, they tackle some of the toughest questions and offer bold new approaches to problems affecting hundreds of millions of women. This volume is indispensable reading, providing thoughtful analysis from a never-before assembled group of advocates. It shows that the fight for women’s equality is far from over. As Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate says, “Women are not free anywhere in this world until all women in the world are free.”
Category: Social Science

Egyptians In Revolt

Author : Adel Abdel Ghafar
ISBN : 9781317222101
Genre : Political Science
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Egyptians in Revolt investigates the political economy of the Egyptian labor and student movements. Using elements of social movement theory within a broad political economy framework, it assesses labor and student mobilizations in four eras of contemporary Egyptian history: the pre-1952 era, the Nasser era, the Sadat era and the Mubarak era. Egyptians in Revolt examines how both student and labor groups responded to the political economy pressures of the respective eras. Within the context of social movement theory, the book argues that political opportunities and threats have had a significant impact on both student and labor mobilizations. In addition, the book explores how the movements have, at times, been able to affect government policies. However, the argument is made that the inability of both groups to sustain momentum in the long term is due to cooptation efforts by established political forces and the absence of viable and enduring organizational structures that are autonomous of state control. By combining analysis to include both labor and student movements, Egyptians in Revolt is a valuable resource for understanding the Egyptian political economy and its impact on mobilizations. It will therefore be of interest to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, as well as those interested in social movement more broadly.
Category: Political Science

Wie Ich Scheherazade T Tete

Author : Ǧumāna Sallūm Ḥaddād
ISBN : 3899303075
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Lieber Leser aus der westlichen Welt! Sei gleich vorweg gewarnt: Ich bin nicht gerade dafür bekannt, anderen das Leben leichter zu machen. Sollten Sie nach Wahrheiten suchen, die Sie bereits zu kennen glauben, nach Beweisen, die Sie ohnehin in der Hand zu haben meinen, sollte es Sie danach verlangen, Ihre orientalistischen Sichtweisen bestätigt oder Ihre antiarabischen Vorurteile gestärkt zu sehen, sollten Sie erwarten, einmal mehr das Schlaflied vom "Kampf der Kulturen" vorgesungen zu bekommen, so hören Sie am besten hier und jetzt mit dem Lesen auf. Denn in diesem Buch werde ich alles daran setzen, Ihre Erwartungen zu enttäuschen. Ich werde Sie Ihrer Illusionen berauben, Ihre Träume entzaubern, Ihre Schreckgespenster verjagen und Ihnen Ihre vorgefertigten Meinungen nehmen. Wie? Ganz einfach, indem ich Ihnen, und das nur für den Anfang, das Folgende erzähle.
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Trailblazers Of The Arab Spring

Author : Joshua Muravchik
ISBN : 9781594036804
Genre : Political Science
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Before September 11, 2001 we Americans did not think much about freedom or democracy in the Middle East. U.S. policy toward the region aimed to assure a reliable flow of oil, to encourage peace between the Arabs and Israel, and above all, during the Cold War, to prevent our rival from gaining any strategic advantage over us. 9/11 impelled us to reconsider. Now, as we are entangled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan the Mid-East’s political and social quandaries lie at the very core of our foreign policy objectives. And yet, after years of blood and fortune spent on the democratization of the Middle East, the most identifiable personalities in the region are notorious terrorists, backwards autocrats and fanatical preachers. As Joshua Muravchik demonstrates in Trailblazers of the Arab Spring, there are in fact also heroic democrats and liberals in these lands of anti-democratic fanaticism, and the fight they are fighting is also our fight. Muravchik brings to light the stories of seven remarkable people, six Arabs and an Iranian. Five are men; two, women. Four are Sunnis, two are Shiites, and the seventh is mixed. All are devoted passionately to a cause, and, while the angles from which they attack it are varied, the larger goal is the same for all seven—to make their countries more open and democratic. Trailblazers of the Arab Spring reminds us that freedom is a prize that must be won through struggle and sacrifice, and it introduces us to our anonymous friends who have consecrated their lives to the birth of free societies in the Middle East.
Category: Political Science