Egypt in its next phase of a revolutionary episode

Earlier this year I’d written both about Egypt’s revolutionary episode and on Jack Goldstone’s theory of revolutions, as well as a post combining the theory to Egypt’s developments. In the third of these posts, I argued that Egypt’s revolutionary episode is in the phase of ‘further polarisation’ and ‘counter-revolution’, Whether there have been some signs…

Morozov, the Internet and Syria’s regime

I started reading Evgeny Morozov’s book “The Net Delusion” (though my version has an ugly cat on the front cover) yesterday. The first chapter starts off with Iran ‘Twitter Revolution’ in 2009, where Morozov criticises this notion on the grounds that in fact in Iran 1. Ahmadinejad got elected, rendering all the positive news about…

Public opinion in Iran — not all the same

Mohammed El-Nawawy and Sahar Khamis wrote an article, analysing the role of social media in the successful revolution in Egypt and the unsuccessful protests in Iran — unsuccessful in terms of failing to prevent the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, instead of Hossein Mousavi. Egypt had in its recent history a number of attacks on the government of Hosni Mubarak, and other…