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What do the struggles of the Greek people have in common with those of the Haitian slaves at the end of the eighteenth century or those of the Algerians in the middle of the twentieth century? Of course, these struggles are incomparable in many ways, but there is one important parallel that can be drawn. Both moments of anticolonial resistance compelled ruling power to show its true face and managed to shatter the myths informing that power’s universal claims and its ...Keep Reading »
Paradigms Lost in Morocco: How Urban Mega-Projects Should Disturb our Understanding of Arab Politics
When you enter Casablanca by train along the coastal track, you can see the new high-rises of Casablanca Marina appear in the distance. Although still under construction, it has already radically transformed the skyline of Casablanca. The Mrina project is situated just in front of the old medina between the harbor and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. The medina, the traditional part of the city, with its robust stone walls, its narrow streets, and its numerous small shops, ...Keep Reading »
In his book Carbon Democracy, Timothy Mitchell analyses the interrelation between, on the one hand, the historical development of energy from fossil fuels and, on the other hand, the rise of democratic mass politics. The rise of coal in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries made especially the industrial revolution and the development of the modern capitalist city possible. The socio-technical world built around these industrial flows of energy also provided the means ...Keep Reading »
On the morning of 30 June, BBC reporter Aleem Maqbool reports from Cairo, “what is today going to be remembered for? What is the 30th June going to be remembered for? Is it going to be the turning point in Egyptian politics or is it going to be remembered for violence?” But what if violence constitutes an integral, even inevitable, component of a democratic struggle? Considering the radical political transformations of the Arab world in the past two years, we cannot ...Keep Reading »
I remember a journalist asking a few weeks ago: has the world become a better place because of the Arab spring? I think what he meant was: are we living today in a better world because the Arab peoples have gotten rid of, or are getting rid of, some of the worst authoritarian leaders in the world? The question implicitly referred to the matter of democratization. Of course, the issue of democratization has dominated the study of political change in the Arab world over the ...Keep Reading »
Koenraad Bogaert is a post-doctoral researcher at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) under the direction of Professor Sami Zemni at Ghent University (Belgium). He is currently doing research on urban neoliberalism in Morocco and tries to link the political and economic changes of the last thirty years in a country such as Morocco with social protest. Some of his publications are "New State Space Formation in Morocco: The Example of the Bouregreg Valley” (Urban Studies 49(2): 254-269 ); “The Problems of Slums: Shifting Methods of Neoliberal Urban Government in Morocco” (Development and Change 42(3): 709-731 ); “Imagining the State Through Social Protest: State Reformation and the Mobilizations of Unemployed Graduates in Morocco” (co-authored with Montserrat Emperador, Mediterranean Politics, 16(2): 241-259 ); “Luxemburg on Tahrir Square: Reading the Arab revolutions with Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike”, (co-authored with Sami Zemni and Brecht De Smet, Antipode, 45(4): 888-907 ; and “Contextualizing the Arab Revolts: The Politics behind Three Decades of Neoliberalism in the Arab World” (Middle East Critique, 22(3): 213-234 ).