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Should We Regret the Arab Spring?

Outlines the movement commonly known as the Arab Spring. Identifies the benefits and costs of the rebellion.
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Rachel Aiken

on 18 June 2013

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Transcript of Should We Regret the Arab Spring?

SHOULD WE REGRET THE ARAB SPRING?
REVOLUTION
OXFORD DICTIONARY
a forcible overthrow of government, social order or current conditions in favour of a new system
ARAB SPRING
BACKGROUND
CAUSES
GOALS
METHODS
Political Corruption
Human Rights Violations
Inflation
Unemployment
Free Election
Democracy
Human Rights
Employment Increase
Regime Change
Equality
Civil Resistance
Riots
Demonstrations
Internet Activism
Urban Warfare
Self-Immolation
THE RESULTS
REASON
Tunisia
18 Dec 2010
Mohammad Bouazizi
"The Burning Man"
Wares continually confiscated by officials
Doused in gasoline
Set himself on fire
Brought together groups in protest
Spread to other Arab States
Died 4 Jan 2011 in hospital
As of Sept 2012, 4 Governments Overthrown
TUNISIA
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Fled to Saudi Arabia
January 14th 2011
EGYPT
President Hosni Mubarak
Resigned
February 11th 2011
After 18 days of protest
Ending his 30yr Presidency
LIBYA
Muammar Gaddafi
Overthrown
23rd August 2011
After National Transitional Council took Bab al-Aziza
Killed on 20th October 2011
YEMEN
President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Signed GCC Power TRansferal
Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi
Formal Replacement
27th February 2012
Exchange for immunity from prosecution
"The people want to bring down the regime"
-Protest Chant (Translated)
THE NEGATIVES
EGYPT
Muslim Brotherhood
Replaced President
Mohamed Morsi
Taken Away Women's Rights
Reducing legal Marriage Age
To age 13
Age 9 viewed as acceptable
Increase in Sexual Assault
Army holds significant power
Unjust Arrests
LIBYA
Guarantee of Equality Removed from Constitution
2011
Increase in Discrimination
Increase in Sexual Assault
Replacement President
Ali Zeidan
Elected by GNC
MOROCCO
King Mohammed VI
Reforms
Child Marriage
Illegal
Increasing in Popularity
TUNISIA
New Constitution
Enshrines Full Equality
Half of MP's Female
3% of marriage underage
Lost US Allies
Regions in danger of being hijacked by Islamic Fundamentalists
YEMEN
Yemen
Possibly Al-Qaeda Government
Child Marriage
Still Legal
52% under 18yrs old
Women Prominent in 2011
DEATH: 122,500-127,500
(International Estimate, Ongoing)
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
"Arab Spring." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation,
13 June 2013. Web. 13 June 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring>.

Huisenga, Sarah. "Bachmann Calls Arab Spring 'Radical'" NationalJournal.com. National Journal, 29 May 2013. Web. 13 June 2013. <http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/bachmann-calls-arab-spring-radical-blasts-obama-s-middle-east-policy-20110917>.

McVeigh, Tracy. "How Egypt's Radical Rulers Crush the Lives and Hopes of Women." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 30 Mar. 2013. Web. 13 June 2013. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/31/egypt-cairo-women-rights-revolution>.

Snider, Alfred. "Debate - WUDC - Regret the Arab Spring - Round 3 US Universities 2012." Vimeo. US University Debate Tournament, n.d. Web. 13 June 2013. <http://vimeo.com/41176915>.

"TH Regrets the Arab Spring | Idebate.org." TH Regrets the Arab Spring | Idebate.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 June 2013. <http://idebate.org/content/th-regrets-arab-spring>.


Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
-George Orwell
SHOULD WE REGRET THE ARAB SPRING?
Was it worth 122,500 deaths?
Precarious political situations?
Discrimination, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Self-Immolation?
Military Violence, Corrupt Governments, Extreme political parties?
International Tension, Civil War?
ARE WE BETTER OFF NOW?
WHAT HAS IT ACHIEVED?
Corrupt Governments Overthrown
Rights Reinstated
Freedom of Expression, Speech
Gender Equality
HOPE
SYRIA
Death Toll: 100,000
28,000 missing
Full Scale Armed Rebellion
Over 2yrs of protests....Results?
Unjust arrests, torture, imprisonment
Conflict Ongoing
Over 4million people displaced
Protestors demand Bashar al-Assad's resignation
15 March Conflict Began
Human Rights Violations
IN SUMMARY:
We should not regret the concept of the Arab Spring as that would be regretting the exercise of freedom of speech, opinion and expression. It would, however, be justifiable to regret the casualties and damage caused by the sheer scale and violence of the rebellion.
FINAL CONCLUSION
To regret the movement would be to say that our world prefers submission and oppression over pain caused by revolution. And to regret it would say that the lives lost were for a pointless cause. We should view the Arab Spring as a step forward, even if dictators were replaced by dictator it proves the magnitude of change that can of the actions of a single man, it brought people hope.
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