Friday, February 4, 2011

Interesting take on the developments in Egypt

This via Al Jazeera's live blog for today:
3:45pm International attention remains hooked on the uprisings in Tunisia and now Egypt, but Nic Dawes, Editor of South Africa's Mail & Guardian says there "has been little focus on the African dimension of these uprisings".
There are certainly countries - not least among those close to Egypt - that could do with broad-based civil movements against authoritarianism. Chad is perhaps the most benighted, but the depth of its isolation and tyranny are such that it is difficult to imagine a people-power movement succeeding.

What about Ethiopia and its increasingly authoritarian president, Meles Zenawi? Or Uganda, where Yoweri Museveni is consolidating his grip on power? Or Angola, where oil revenues fatten the ruling elite and human development stalls? Or Zimbabwe? Or any of the pseudo-democracies that dot the continent"
Elsewhere in the Mail & Guardian, online Editor Chris Roper asks if Twitter will save Africa, while blogger Khadija Patel warns that South Africans are failing "to give voice to that facet of the South African experience that strongly resonates with the Egyptians and Tunisians".
There are so many nations around the globe that are ripe for regime change whose activists could potentially use Tunisia and Egypt as an example.

Meanwhile, Mubarek's loyalists in Egypt have been on a rampage against journalists, including bombing Al Jazeera's headquarters.

No comments:

Post a Comment