Al-Ahram Weekly

Beyond Tahrir

Democratization is not an event in the life of a society, it is an era: a protracted turbulence. There is no other way. Dictatorships are more easily established. But if strong nerves are required for the birth of a liberal order, so, too, are open eyes. In the interval between the fall of a tyranny and the rise of a democracy, a lot can go wrong. Every saga of democratization includes adversaries of democracy, whose objection to the tyranny that fell was that it repressed society for the wrong reason.

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Helen Thomas is not alone in her belief that the Jews should leave Israel and “go home,” as this dispatch from MEMRI demonstrates: Special Dispatch|3052| June 23, 2010, MEMRI Yasser Qashlaq, a Lebanese Flotilla Organizer, on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV: I Hope Our Ships Will 'Carry These Dregs of European Garbage Back to Their Own Countries' From Israel Following are excerpts from an interview with Palestinian-Lebanese journalist and head of Free Palestine Movement Yasser Qashlaq; the interview aired on Al-Manar TV on June 18, 2010.  According to Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly, Qashlaq is "the main don

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