Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Iran Yemen Algeria Jordania Tunesia Egypt...

There is something strange going on in the Muslim world.

I try to understand the motives why suddenly (I mean, over the past few years) the call for democracy has grown to a strength where revolutions burst out and shake the whole Muslim world on its foundations. Not that I don't approve this, I very much encourage free speech and democracy.

(I have my thoughts with a total liberal economy, though. It's mostly to the disadvantage of the weaker, poorer economies.)




What encourages me the most, is the example Egypt set here: In an almost perfect non-violent way, they took all obstacles they faced, and still, while the military is on guard now, they keep a reasonable, healthy amount of reserve against this ruling power.

I was afraid, yesterday, when Iranians came to the street, and indeed, the actions were much more violent, and so was the acting of police forces. Yemen also.

Egypt might have the advantage of being close to the western world, in full contact with the West because of the tourism, and therefore give them a clearer view on what they want and how to get there.

A very cool map, coupled to tweets, can be found here and here:Unrest Spreads Through Arab World: Updated Interactive Map

32 comments:

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  2. Hopefully Iran topples aswell.

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  3. hopefully other countries can learn from egypts non violent ways

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  4. Passive protesting is the way to go. I hope violence is kept to a minimum.

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  5. yep.......sometimes more than passive protest is necessary...

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  6. I am so happy to live in Canada...

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  7. you can oppress all the people sometimes, you can oppress some of the people all the time, but you can't oppress all of the people all the time.

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  8. things may get very interesting over there before all is said and done.

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  9. Happy to not be in a situation like that, respect for Egypt though, atleast they're doing something.

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  10. Egypt isn't out of the woods yet - Iran is promising tho

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  11. We could all learn a little from Egypt's actions.

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  12. yeah. very interesting

    the mape gives a great overview

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  14. I try my best to understand world politics, but at the end of the day I am so very glad I live in north america where we at least have SOME rights

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  15. This is going to affect western financial world a LOT. One word: Oil.

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  16. I think Egypt was the fuse in the powder keg. The entire north of africa is about to explode.

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  17. We must be weary if we are to survive

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  18. It is amazing what is going on at the moment in the mid east / north africa. I think a big part of it is if people see other people near them who are similar in circumstances, culture, etc to them rising up and demanding democracy, then they realise there is no reason they can't do the same. This is why democracy is very often contagious.

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  19. yeah, sometimes it's necessary to be aggressive.

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  21. Well the last time Iranians took to the street in protest, they were shot at, beaten and the whole nine yards, so it's understandable that they come out swinging harder than last time.

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  22. Ya I was afraid also. This is huge

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  23. wow, >.> im glad i live in the US

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  24. I've been wondering about the relationship between the protests in the USA and the ones in the middle east. How come the people there can change things and the people here can't?

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