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The Sixth Anniversary of the Start of the Arab Uprisings

[A man walking past a poster of Mohamed Bouazizi. Image by Open Society Foundations via Creative Commons.]

Six years ago, on 17 December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. Bouazizi did not know that by this extreme form of protest, he was setting not only himself or his town on fire, nor his province or even his Tunisian homeland alone, but the whole Arab region. Indeed, his protest inspired millions of others—“from the Ocean to the Gulf” as the saying went in the heyday of Arab nationalism—to protest their regimes and the status ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gilbert Achcar, Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising

Gilbert Achcar, Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (Stanford: Stanford University Press and London: Saqi, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gilbert Achcar (GA): Two reasons: one general and one practical. The general reason is the need to assess the new counter-revolutionary phase in the Arab upheaval, which started in 2013. Since early on, I have been describing what began in December 2010 in Tunisia and spread to the whole Arab-speaking ...

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Morsi and the Army: The Illusive Power

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[The following excerpts are taken from Gilbert Achcar’s recently published book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising, translated by G. M. Goshgarian (London: Saqi Books and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013). The book will be featured in an upcoming NEWTON post. These selections were chosen by the author in light of the present situation in Egypt; for more on some of these points, click here.] On 12 August 2012, [Mohamed Morsi] the new ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gilbert Achcar, Eichmann in Cairo: The Eichmann Affair in Nasser's Egypt

[Cover of Arab Studies Journal Vol. XX No. 1 (Spring 2012)]

Gilbert Achcar, “Eichmann in Cairo: The Eichmann Affair in Nasser's Egypt.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XX No. 1 (Spring 2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Gilbert Achcar (GA): The story of this article resembles that of my book The Arabs and the Holocaust, of which it can be seen as a sequel. In both cases, the initial impulse of writing was not the evolution of my ongoing research, but a fortuitous circumstance. The prelude to the book was a request ...

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Theses on the "Arab Spring"

[Map from arabbay.com]

The gigantic upheaval that is shaking the entire Arab world since its initial tremors started in Tunisia on 17 December 2010 was determined by a long and deep accumulation of explosive factors: the lack of economic growth, massive unemployment (the highest average rate of all world regions), widespread endemic corruption, huge social inequalities, despotic governments void of democratic legitimacy, citizens treated as servile subjects, etc. The mass of people who ...

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NATO's "Conspiracy" against the Libyan Revolution

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In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal (19 July 2011), Max Boot— the aptly named neoconservative author and military historian known for his support for “democracy promotion” at the point of a gun, and an ardent supporter of full-scale US military engagement in Libya—referred to a Financial Times article (15 June) that compared the current aerial bombing campaign over Libya and the Kosovo air war in 1999 in order to emphasize “the lack of firepower in the Libya ...

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Bio

Gilbert Achcar

 

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, where he has been based since 2007. Trained in philosophy and social sciences in Beirut, he holds a PhD in social history from the University of Paris-VIII. After teaching at the University of Paris-VIII, he moved in 2003 to Berlin, where he worked as a senior research fellow at the French-German Centre Marc Bloch. He has published widely on politics and international relations in general, and the Middle East and North Africa in particular. His recent books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2006), Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy (co-authored with Noam Chomsky, 2007), The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010), and The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013).