WHITHER THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST? EGYPT, TUNISIA, AND IRAN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013
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Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins: On Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Non-Western Societies”
Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker
The Middle Eastern revolutionary and democratic movements reached a crossroads in the summer of 2013. Given the fact that the 2011 Arab revolutions have inspired countless global protest movements, including Occupy in the U.S., the fate of these revolutions is more than a regional matter. Rather, it is one that affects all of us. This includes those in the U.S. who are at this very moment protesting the racist verdict in the Trayvon Martin case or the military “justice” system’s verdict on Bradley Manning.
The July 2013 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt involved an unprecedented level of popular mobilization that has created a new opening for the Egyptian and the worldwide revolutionary movement. At the same time, the new military government carries with it serious dangers, as do the contradictions within the left itself, including on gender. In Tunisia, the popular outcry after the assassination of a leftist political leader, apparently by fundamentalists, has included a general strike and large demonstrations. At the same, time the Iranian presidential election in June showed a yearning by the population to get out from under the rule of reactionary clerics.
Suggested reading: “Egyptian Revolutionaries Push Out Islamists, But Face Another Round of Military Rule” — by Kevin Anderson
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