No other Arab Spring or Arab Spring 2.0 country has experienced such a sustained mobilization of nonviolent and large-scale protests as Algeria's Hirak movement, yet the military-backed leaders still refuse to allow a genuine democratic opening.
Should Biden take more direct action vs. MBS? What should we make of US strikes on Iran-affiliated militias in Syria? And how to view the Middle East 10 yrs after the Arab Spring? Pt. 2 of my conversation w/ @OSullivanMeghan , @NickKristof & @MiddleEast_HKS’s Tarek Masoud:
THREAD 👇 #OnThisDay 10 years ago, a Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouzid and triggered the Arab Spring. His cousin, Ali, reflects on that fateful day and the days that followed ⬇️
The Arab Spring rose up to fight corruption, repression, inequality and austerity. The Lebanon and Iraq protests show this spirit is still very much alive. If we want a progressive future, we need to build up a global movement of and for working people.