February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Protests in Tunisa inspired the ongoing Egyptian protests, and protests in Egypt inspired protesters in Yemen. Could neighboring Libya be next? Protests have been largely fueled by the Arab world’s youth, angry at the lack of economic opportunity available to them. The protests ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak replaced his cabinet and agreed not to step down after the September 2011 elections and Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced he would not seek reelection in 2013, but both of these seem to be falling short of the popular demands. Meanwhile, King Abdullah II of Jordan dismissed his government and appointed a new Prime Minister on Tuesday, perhaps in a bid to get ahead of any possible protests there.
The events in Egypt are being compared to the 1979 Revolution in Iran and the “People’s Power” movement against Marcos in the Philippines in 1986. No matter what the outcome, this is going to have a dramatic impact on the course of world events from here on out.
- “Is Qaddafi Next?” Daily Beast, 1/28/11.
- “The Arab World’s Youth Army,” Foreign Policy, 1/27/11.
- “Yemen’s Saleh agrees not to run again. Is that good enough for protesters?” CSMonitor, 2/2/11.
- “Yemen’s Leader Pledges Not to Seek Re-election,” NY Times, 2/2/11.
- “Jordan’s king dismisses government, appoints new PM,” CNN, 2/1/11.
- “How the U.S. Will Lose Egypt,” Daily Beast, 1/31/11.
- “Philippine People Power in Egypt: Marcos & Mubarak,” New American Media, 1/31/11.
- “How history might really be made in Egypt,” CSMonitor, 1/31/11.