Revolution in the Time of Neoliberalism, an interview with Asef Bayat

Author of “Life as Politics : How ordinary people change the Middle East” (2009), Asef Bayat is a sociology professor at the University of Illinois. His latest book “Revolutions without Revolutionnaries” (2017), questions the revolutionnary nature of the Arab Revolutions. He was invited by the Forum Tunisien des Droits Economiques et Sociaux (FTDES) to discuss the possibility of a revolution in a neoliberal context during a conference last month in Tunis. Nawaat met with Bayat to discuss the future of revolutions in a world taken hostage by a dying neoliberal order.

US State Department – Working for or Against a Pluralistic and Free Media in Tunisia?

The agitation that a democratic model allows represents a prompt for open, substantial discussion, create space for questions to form and answers to be formulated, for awareness to shift and public opinion to fluctuate and controversy to take its course … For over a decade, Nawaat has been a platform many of whose contributors are quick to question, criticize, and call out the Tunisian and foreign governments for hypocrisy, complicity, exploit, corruption…the very symptoms of defective governance that were renounced by youth and activists and journalists of the so-called Arab Spring, the same individuals whom Western democracies and international agencies have so effusively commended for their courage and commitment to changing the status quo. And so inevitably it feels like something of a betrayal when requests for more specific information and questions regarding political motives are consistently held at bay, excluded from discussions, or, most conveniently, ignored.

Tunisia in German Media

Parliamentary elections, presidential elections, the forming of a new government – Tunisia’s young democracy has covered many milestones within the last months. What picture of Tunisia has been conveyed in German media during this important period in history? The following is an overview of how German journalists portray the political situation in Tunisia at the moment and which aspects catch their interest.

All that glitters: Tunisian Democratic-Exception?

Media coverage of the MENA region is plagued by blanket statements and superficial analysis. International news outlets reserve even the right to name events. The so-called Arab Spring is an example of a de facto forced label. I will proceed to call the events bundled as such, rightfully and as their proponents overwhelmingly agree: Arab Revolutions. To the matter at hand: Tunisia’s ongoing general elections are hailed as the sole success-story of the Arab revolutions. Democratic transitions are complicated and that statement is a gross Orientalist over-simplification.

The Year 2013 in Review: Year One of a New Era of Epic Mediocrity

Nothing about 2013 is readily decipherable, except that it was a gross rumination and regurgitation of 2012′s morbid futility and chaotic randomness. The year 2013 did not leave for the Arabs, especially in the countries of popular revolts, any margin for lack of understanding. It has explained and elaborated on, and in some cases did provide a full exegesis of, what was announced or implied by 2012.

الثورات العربيّة و المشهد الجديد

في هذه المرحلة المفصليّة من تاريخ المنطقة، على الشعوب العربيّة أن تنتبه من ارتهان حاضرها ومستقبلها في أيدي أطراف أجنبيّة لن تقيم بأيّ حال من الأحوال وزنا لمصالح هذه الشعوب… وعلى الحكّام و السياسيّين الجدد أن يفهموا أنّ المهمّ قد أنجز ولكنّ الأهمّ هو بناء و تأسيس دول ذات سيادة حقيقيّة

حوار مع رضا بالحاج الناطق الرسمي بإسم حزب التحرير في تونس

قابلنا الناطق الرسمي لحزب التحرير بتونس، السيد رضا بالحاج. وكان لنا معه حوار دار حول مختلف القضايا الوطنية والعالمية مثل سوريا وفلسطين و”الغرب”. ولقد حاولنا طرح أغلب الاسئلة التي تدور حول هذا الحزب، ولم نخض في برامجه محاولين الإبتعاد قدر المستطاع عن الدعاية الحزبية أو ما شابهها.

Tunisia’s Salafists: Brownshirts of Tunisia’s Arab Spring

As Ennahdha in Tunisia cozies up to its Salafist brethren to neutralize the Tunisian Arab Spring from turning into anything that might substantially shift the country’s neo-liberal economy policies and its strategic alliance with the United States, Washington calmly looks on with virtually no critical comments from the State

Printemps Arabe : Faut-il croire à la théorie du complot ?

Connaissez vous le film américain « Matrix » (le premier épisode parce la suite n’est qu’une diversion) ? eh ben, nous sommes tous dedans ! Parlons des faits qui nous concernent : le printemps arabes : La Tunisie en était l’étincelle, l’Egypte la consécration, la Libye le comble, la Syrie et le Yemen le piège.