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Arab revolutions faced by 'stagnant global capitalism'

February 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Arab thinker Samir Amin said on Friday that the Arab revolutions are faced by a “stagnant global capitalism” that opposes the emergence of new democracies and the peaceful transfer of authority in nation states. “This capitalism deviated the track of the revolutions in a number of the Arab countries,” he was quoted by Anadolu.

Amin was speaking at the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights under the title “Geopolitical and Economic Bets in the Light of the Arab Revolution”. The forum was held in the capital city, Tunis. He told the audience that popular movements, mainly in Egypt and Tunisia, are able to face all the challenges of global capitalism which face the revolutions.

Commenting on ISIS-affiliated groups’ control over some Libyan cities, Amin said: “Western interference in Libya in 2011, which removed Gaddafi, exploded the country and that led to there being no state… ISIS in Libya is an inevitable result of that Western interference.”

In 2011, the revolution which removed the Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ignited a spark of freedom across the Arab world. All of the subsequent uprisings against tyranny and despotic rule have floundered in one way or another.