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By Vijay Prashad

The Arab Spring captivated the planet. Mass motion overthrew Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. The innovative wave unfold to the a ways corners of the Arab global, from Morocco to Bahrain. It appeared as though the entire authoritarian states could ultimately be freed, even these of the Arabian Peninsula. People’s energy had produced this wave, and persevered to trip it out.

In Libya, even though, the hot international order had various rules. Social forces against Muammar Qaddafi had all started to insurgent, yet they have been vulnerable. In got here the French and the U.S., with can provide of glory. A deal with the Saudis, who then despatched of their personal forces to chop down the Bahraini revolution, and NATO all started its attack, ushering in a Libyan wintry weather that solid its shadow over the Arab Spring.

This short, well timed research situates the attack on Libya within the context of the winds of rebellion that swept during the heart East within the Spring of 2011. Vijay Prashad explores the hot heritage of the Qaddafi regime, the social forces who adversarial him, and the function of the United international locations, NATO, and the remainder of the world's superpowers within the bloody civil struggle that ensued.

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian background, and professor and director of overseas reports at Trinity university in Hartford, Connecticut. he's the writer or editor of over a dozen books, together with Karma of Brown Folk and, such a lot lately, The Darker countries: A People’s heritage of the 3rd World.

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The uprising in Egypt proved that the public space of information flow complements the public space of mobilization on the streets and squares rather than replaces it. In this respect, Pagès-El Karoui, in an excellent paper delivered at LSE on 28 March 2012, astutely argues that: ‘If social networks and Internet have played an important role in gathering social contestation and organising street actions, the conquest and control of public space in main cities remains crucial for the uprising to succeed, as the symbolic Tahrir square reminds us’ (p.

92). The political geography of the square and the mosque are thus intertwined in the ‘historical consciousness’ of the Egyptian revolutionary process. Moreover, in depicting Islamist students’ protests against the Egyptian government’s acquiescence to the American invasion of Iraq and collusion with Israel, al-Aswany reveals the potential of radicalized political anger spilling from the university to the central streets and squares of the capital and the repressive measures practiced by the Central Security forces who: were waiting for them in front of the university and the moment the students went out into the square, the soldiers, armed with huge sticks, helmets, and metal shields attacked them and started beating them savagely.

513). The Map of Love’s epic perspective on century-long shifting geopolitics and continued imperial and post-imperial contestation across the spaces of Cairo, Egypt, and the region more generally is re-focused through the lens of 2012 Cairo’s depiction of Tahrir Square’s political geography and of the multilayered act of ‘Tahrir’. In this context, Cairo shows how the ideological space of Makram’s statue extends to the monument that commemorates Abdel Moneim Riyad, the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian and Arab forces in the ‘War of Attrition’ against Israel, a key juncture between the early and later post-colonial eras in Egypt’s recent history and the post-imperial history of the region.

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