Political analysts around the world have suggested that the election of Barak Obama was a major factor in the rise of the Arab Spring. Citizens in the Arab world who were dissatisfied with their regime were incited to action by an election which had seemed inconceivable to most of the world: an American president of African descent with a Muslim middle name! If such a mobilisation of the population had happened in the USA, it suddenly seemed possible for individuals in Arab countries to exercise their political power, with the help of social media.
The ball went from the US court to the Arab world court. Then it came back to the US: many of us Americans were awed by the Arab Spring: change was still possible? We were not powerless against global corporations, lobbyists, financial manipulators, dictatorial politicians? We also wanted our spring. It had to wait until the fall to get together. And now many supporters from the Arab world, are sending messages of encouragements, just as Americans sent theirs during the protests of the Arab Spring. The ball is still going back and forth. One unfortunate effect of this non competitive tennis game is Bloomberg’s latest politics. He’s observed that dictators such as Mubarak and al Assad stayed in power for a very long time by repressing the opposition, and he’s bringing these politics to our city. Bloomberg, New York City dictator for life?
By the way, we are quite exultant that we were at Zuccotti Park on the very first day. Yes. We’re not bandwagon jumpers (though we’ll jump on any bandwagon aiming for fame and riches that passes near) Check it out: