Egyptians toppled a dictator, but they did not topple a regime. They may ultimately prevail, but it isn’t going to be a matter of quick and seamless transition. The revolution is not over.
Despite the beautiful images of symbolic unity of Muslims and Christian Egyptian citizens, the current forces of power in Egypt—whether they are the media, military police, or transitional government leaders—still exhibit shameless racism against the Coptic minority.
Though rival factions and NATO posturing may compromise these efforts, Libya’s relative wealth at least gives transition leaders the material means to establish legitimacy
The struggle in Egypt has only just begun, and there is a long road ahead to realize the democratic ideals of Egyptian activists.
What happens next seems to be anyone’s guess.
It is increasingly clear that the Western narrative of an “Arab Spring” is too simplistic to responsibly capture events on the ground.
The IDF troops were not defending themselves against a legitimate threat of violence – they just wanted to quell the protesters.
Though the people are flooding the streets and waving the Yemeni flag in a well-deserved celebration of Saleh’s departure, no one really knows what is going to happen next. It could just as easily be a milestone of the Yemeni revolution as it could a return to business as usual while the country sinks further into violent chaos and civil war.
Does Egypt hold the key to a Palestinian-Israeli peace?
Though they copied aspects of the social media model of the Arab revolution, Palestinians are different in that they are far more experienced with protesting and have already had their intifada –twice. This time, instead of trying to rise up against a regime, they were trying to bring one together.