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, Entertainment overrules Politics

Evgeny Morozov makes an interesting claim in his book The Net Delusion. Chapter three, entitled Orwell’s Favorite Lolcat, starts by making the point that in the DDR (communist East Germany) in the 1980s those (the large majority apparently) who were able to receive the television broadcasts from the FDR (democratic West Germany), were in fact…

A glance at Yemen, where does it stand now?

  Yemen, it’s women were applauded for their revolutionary spirit in 2011, is a country considered to be in a very critical position for years now, and has seen its Failed States Index relatively worsen from position 18 in 2009 to 8 in 2012. All the factors that contribute to the failed state methodology used by the…

Evgeny Morozov – an Internet skeptic’s view

I have been reading a couple of articles from Evgeny Morozov, and I listened to him on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post and (Dutch) VPRO’s Tegenlicht. And he strikes me as interesting due to his very critical standing on the notion that the Internet can solve all our problems. More interestingly, he also is sceptical of the role…

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…