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A fall snapshot of Arab Spring: The profit motive outweighs the prophet motive.

A fall snapshot of Arab Spring: The profit motive outweighs the prophet motive. | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Short on certainties, a Harvard panel convenes nearly two years after the start of the Arab Spring to offer perspectives on the past, present, and future.

 

'In the absence of certainties, the panel of lawyers, political scientists, and historians supplied perspective. Only one thing is sure: The Arab Spring rose from deep in the past, and the issues it stirred up may be resolved only far in the future. “It’s only two years into the process,” said Khalidi. “It’s far too early,” added Owen, in reference to constitution making. “Let’s come back in 10 years’ time.”'

 

'Three main Islamist trends now thread through the Arab Spring, adding to its complexity, said Khalidi. At one end is a “tiny minority” of Jihadist fighters with no respect for the political process, but whose influence belies their numbers. After all, they are armed, organized, combat-hardened, and ruthless, qualities that are prized in, say, Syria. He called that war-wracked country “the most fraught consequence of the Arab Spring.”


On the other end of Islamist political trends stands the Muslim Brotherhood, now most prominently in power in Egypt. Its members are neoliberal and favor making money above all, said Khalidi, because “The profit motive outweighs the prophet motive.” Between these two trends are the Salafists, ultraconservative Islamists whose aim is to impose Sharia law, even in societies, such as in Egypt, where secular liberals remain a potent force.'

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If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Charges against me were only dropped after Bob Carr intervened. It is sad the same support hasn't been extended to Julian Assange.

 

'When Carr really wanted a result, he took action himself rather than leaving it to consular staff, who toil admirably but lack the clout to get a result, even in a relatively minor case like mine.

 

If he really wants a result in the Assange case, he will do the same. It is unlikely he has the courage. The forces at play in Julian Assange's case are far greater than those which were at play in mine.'

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Israel-Gaza violence in maps

Israel-Gaza violence in maps | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza are trading fire with air strikes and rocket attacks amid the latest eruption of violence.

 

'Negotiations to find a peaceful settlement in the region broke down in 2010. Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority ended in January without agreement. There have been no direct talks between Israel and Hamas.

 

Israel is mobilising up to 75,000 army reservists - but Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has said an Israeli ground invasion would have "serious repercussions".

 

Rockets from Gaza have landed as far north in Israel as Tel Aviv, the first time in decades that the city - a major population centre - has come under rocket fire.

 

It is the first time Gaza militants have deployed the Iranian-built Fajr-5 missiles.'

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