Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Shaping the future of the Arab world

'The message of the people of the region is clear: Enough! Enough of the IMF and World Bank policies that have impoverished their society. Enough of authoritarian and corrupted regimes serving foreign political and economic interests.

And, finally, enough of American imperialism. This has been shaken across the region. In addition to these revolts, the US-backed government in Lebanon has fallen. The recent leaked information on the high concessions to the Israelis made by the Palestinian Authority, which is strongly supported by the US administration, weakened and discredited it even more.

A revolution in Egypt could change completely the face of the region and the balance of power. It was Nasser’s ascent to power in 1952 that paved the way to a new Middle East. The impact of the revolts in Egypt resonate very strongly in the region, due to the political importance of the country, especially in relation to the Arab Israeli conflict.

A successful revolution in Egypt could be the beginning of the true and new Middle East decided by the people and not USA imperialism. This will require the successful overthrow of the Mubarak regime, a deepening of the revolts in Algeria, Jordan and Yemen, and further spread of popular rebellions elsewhere in the region.

It also requires the Arab working classes challenging the economic structures and inequalities, as well as pursuing political demands. The meaning of ‘Tahrir Square’ (Liberation Square) has perhaps never been as appropriate as in the days ahead.'

From 'Seizing the future: Egypt's masses shake the Middle East'

Also see Counterfire for reports from John Rees in Cairo.


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