The lost decade: voices of the Arab spring on what happened next
Activists and revolutionaries reflect on their struggles for reform in the countries they fought to free. A decade ago protesters were forcing Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old reign to an end in Egypt. At the same time, Tunisia's dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was headed towards exile, and the long quest to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in Libya was getting started. Similarly, Yemen and Syria were also going through insurrections of their own. Now, most of these nations are still involved in war conflicts and struggling with poverty and a sense that the promises of democracy and peace the Arab spring once inspired in the Middle East, never materialised. What happened? Andrew England investigates in the Financial Times. "The Arab spring also highlighted the struggles of popular movements in transforming people power into institutionalised political influence. Today, it is the strongmen who still dominate, while the grievances that inflamed millions of Arabs, from systemic unemployment to corruption and yawning inequalities, remain. In many cases, they have worsened. Young revolutionaries whose courage drove the uprisings have been persecuted, with many seeking exile, exhausted by waves of crackdowns."
From Financial Times