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Waking from its sleep

23 Jul 2009 19:037 Comments

-5A quiet revolution has begun in the Arab world; it will be complete only when the last failed dictatorship is voted out [The Economist] What ails the Arabs? They are a dynamic and inventive people whose long and proud history includes fabulous contributions to art, culture, science and, of course, religion. The score of modern Arab states, on the other hand, have been impressive mainly for their consistent record of failure. In a special report this week on the Arab world we argue that behind the political stagnation a great social upheaval is under way. Fertility is in decline; more people, especially women, are becoming educated; businessmen want a bigger say in economies dominated by the state; a revolution in satellite television has broken the spell of the state-run media and created a public that wants the rulers to explain themselves as never before. In our cover leader we argue that the old pattern of Arab government--corrupt, opaque and authoritarian--has failed on every level and does not deserve to survive. Read

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I am hoping and praying that this awakening doesn't stop until the good people of Middle east get their freedom. It is sad to see the oppression of these beautiful people. I lived in Ahvaz for 3 years as a teenager. I loved it. What I want people to know is that this isolation is not coming from the PEOPLE....it is the regime that keeps the people down. It will be wonderful for the world to stop thinking of these people as strange and weak. The world needs to realize that the PEOPLE want their freedoms but the price of their own personal safety is at stake. The religious fanatics have a grip around their throats.I hope I live long enough to see Iran open up and let the people have a voice.

joseph / July 23, 2009 3:54 PM

Good, i tired of reading about how muslim women are getting brutalized based on their gender.

eric / July 23, 2009 6:07 PM

It appears the women of the world are finally recognizing that they are the only gender being subjected to unfathomable restrictions based solely on their sex. Why is it that only in the middle east that women are considered chattel? It appears, and one must wonder why, that the men of that region have always developed ways and means to subjugate and demean women. Any civilized society recognizes the contribution women have given to their own societies, be it political, educational, or the fine arts. This kind of mentality existed when all people thought the world was flat and the sun was a God. It is the 21st century and not until these backward thinking ideologies are eliminated will these very societal foundations will ever advance into the real world.

JoeM / July 23, 2009 8:09 PM

Joseph, we too had a religious fanatic that ran America, and his name was George W. Bush. So my heart goes out to the people who have to endure somone who is driven by twisted religious beliefs, rather than common sense.

eric / July 23, 2009 8:47 PM

Eric, I am not wanting to argue points with you but George W. Bush is no longer in office. The worlds PEOPLE are trying to move forward.

The point of my discussion is quite simply. ALL people on this planet have some shared interest. We want healthy food, clean potable water, shelter,education for our children,freedom of expression, safe working environments, medicines for the elderly, respect and to live in peace (among others). Those interest should not be stifled by corruption, greed and religious laws that over-power polictical structures that are not based on the will of the people.

The iranian people are a strong, resilient people that will prevail in the end. I am sure of it



joseph usa / July 24, 2009 11:22 AM

these failures are endemic to the whole middle east

and reach into asia as far as malaysia, indonesia.

one could substitute "islamist" for arab in the article.

iran_revolt / July 24, 2009 1:42 PM

I'm still drinking straight 80 proof neo-Con Jingo Cola,and liking it.

Do you want to see positive change in the ME ?

Whacking Saddam Hussain, and replacing dictatorship with a one man/woman vote is a great first step.Let's Roll !

bushtheliberator / July 25, 2009 12:50 AM