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  •  Are We WItnessing the Birth of Post-Islamist (5+ / 0-)

    grassroots revolution of the people of the Arabic ME?  If so, a real hope for legitimate democratic secular government exists.  Looking at what's happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, and what's spreading to neighboring countries, one sees the common threads of economic deprivation, lack of opportunity, and unemployment behind all the demonstrations -- but not a particular ideology.  [Even Kadafi in Libya is feeling the heat.]

    Can't help but speculate that the power of Internet and social media has led to increasing political sophistication among the youth in these countries, making leaderless uprisings possible and self-determination a reality.

    One can hope that the one man, one vote, one time "Islamic people's democracies" that seemed destined to capture the region lose sway and become relics of a bygone era.

    "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

    by Limelite on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 03:56:43 PM PST

    •  Perhaps a return of Arab nationalism. (0+ / 0-)

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

      by James Allen on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:04:15 PM PST

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    •  We saw it in action (3+ / 0-)
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      Lawrence, UnaSpenser, hippiechick13

      here in the 2008 election and the galvanization of the youth with social media. I saw a David Plouffe video of a talk he gave out at Google headquarters on his book tour last year and he was saying that without the young people in Iowa using social media to organize they most likely would not have won that state.

      Let's hope these tools continue to be utilized to assist in the efforts of self determination of citizens throughout the world.

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