Tag Archives: Arab spring

After Bouteflika, Algeria’s youth push for radical reforms

By Ameen Izzadeen Is it Algeria’s Arab Spring? After weeks of people-power protests across the country, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday resigned, ending his 20-year autocratic rule. The news was welcomed by noisy celebrations by millions of young people who … Continue reading

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US policy: Promoting or perverting democracy?

By Ameen Izzadeen US President Barack Obama in a recent speech and in a presidential memorandum has vowed to launch a counterattack to check threats to democracy worldwide. The US president noted that oppressive governments were sharing ‘worst practices’ to … Continue reading

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Death sentence for a free Egypt

By Ameen Izzadeen An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced to death 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood for killing one policeman. Although the ruling has been condemned worldwide, it underscores a reality in Egyptian politics: The Deep State runs the … Continue reading

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Egypt’s democracy goes from womb to mummy’s tomb

By Ameen Izzadeen It took 60 years for the Central Intelligence Agency to admit this week that it was behind the coup that took place in Teheran in 1953 – and it may be years or decades before we come … Continue reading

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The ghost of the Pharaoh haunts Egypt again

*If the people lay their freedom at the foot of a ruler, they are unfit for liberty By Ameen Izzadeen Is revolution a sham? The present crisis in Egypt makes one wonder whether the recent revolution that ousted dictator Hosni … Continue reading

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Gaza conflict: Arab Spring shows new realities in Middle East

By Ameen Izzadeen When it comes to the violation of international law, one is no better than the other. The reference is to the United States and Israel. They apparently learn from one another on how to violate international law … Continue reading

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People power for lasting peace

Former al-Jazeera chief calls for empowerment of civil society By Ameen Izzadeen A world renowned journalist who promotes the ideals of democratic participation, an informed citizenry, multi-stakeholder dialogue and social justice, has warned that wealth and power, when they are … Continue reading

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Egypt: The return of the pharaoh with the US support

By Ameen Izzadeen In its more than 5,000-year history, Egypt last month had what the Western media called its first free-and fair election to pick a head of state. The election ended inconclusively requiring a run-off which will be held … Continue reading

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West turns Arab Spring into a mirage

By Ameen Izzadeen Six months have passed since Tareq al-Tayyib Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze and ignited the pro-democracy revolution across the Arab world. The young Tunisian street vendor took his life after he felt he did not have freedom … Continue reading

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Erdogan’s Turkey: Mixture of model and muddle

By Ameen Izzadeen At a time when the Arab Spring is shaking the political order in the Middle East, the election victory of the AK Party (Justice and Development Party) in Turkey — a country which had ruled much of … Continue reading

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