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People Demand…. The People Demand…. The WEST and the REST. Enduring Notions? Destined to be despotic; DEMOCRACY HAS TO BE BROUGHT FORM THE OUTSIDE (by the west) . Expressions of the Orientalist imaginary. THEODORE ROOSEVELT:

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people demand

People Demand…

The People Demand…

the west and the rest
The WEST and the REST
  • Enduring Notions?
  • Destined to be despotic;
  • DEMOCRACY HAS TO BE BROUGHT FORM THE OUTSIDE (by the west)
slide7

THEODORE ROOSEVELT:

    • IT IS IMPORSSIBLE TO EXPECT MORAL, INTELLECTUAL AND MATERIAL WELL-BEING WHERE MOHAMMEDANISM IS SUPREME.
    • EGYTIANS ARE PEOPLE OF MUSLIM FELLAHIN WHO HAVE NEVER IN ALL TIME EXERCIZED ANY SELF-GOVERNMENT WHATSOEVER.
slide8

British Consul-General to Egypt (1883-1907) Lord Cromer announced, "I am here to liberate Muslim women, I am here to liberate them from Islam" - a view that demonstrates the desire to rescue the Muslim woman, even if against her will.

  • YET, he was the founder of the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League (1908-1918) established in London on 21 July 1908.
slide9

National liberation movement were always oppressed:

    • Lord Cromer:

The real future of Egypt...lies not in the direction of a narrow nationalism, which will only embrace Egyptians... but rather in that of an enlarged cosmopolitanism.

how the west does it
HOW THE WEST DOES IT?
  • DEPICT THE ARAB WORLD AS BACKWORD
slide12

What about Historical Background?

  • USA: Support the Mujahidin to get rid of the Soviets in Afghanistan
  • Taliban took it to the extreme…
slide16

THE MYTH IS STILL ALIVE

  • IRAQ WAR: BRINGING DEMORACY ON A TANK
  • THE WEST HAS A MISSION TO DEMOCRATIZE THE REGION
arab uprisings
Arab Uprisings
  • Is it a Spring?
  • Is it an awakening?
    • Palestinian Struggle
    • Poetry – Art
    • 4000 Strikes and Protests between 1988-2011
  • Is it a Revolution?
    • Revolutionary Process
demand what
Demand WHAT?
  • Dignity
  • Bread
  • Freedom
  • Social Justice Against Neo-liberalism
  • People DEMAND
outcome
Outcome?
  • For Every Revolution a Counter-Revolution
    • Facebook – Twitter (Contain the Revolution)
    • Violence in Syria and the Role of External Powers!
    • West support in Bahrain for the KSA
  • Structures and Formal Participation?
    • Elections
    • Referendum
  • Informal Politics
    • Art?