African Arab Spring
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By Khaled Farouk

Arab spring countries are still in recovery, trying to regulate their systems, restructure their institutions and organize their foreign relations, and at the same time hoping to boost their economies after years of stagnation.

African Arab countries are also concerned with the situation in Sudan. Putting aside historical questions about its identity, Sudan is indeed an African Arab country.

People who took the streets to protest increased fuel prices and demand Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and his regime leave, were faced with the killing of 34 people.

There was news about anonymous attacks on protesters. Could that be the spark of a revolution in Sudan? Surely the coming days will reveal if so.

The Sudanese government is attempting maximum damage control with new initiatives; it has announced the support of 500,000 poor families, the implementation of a “profit” basket for workers and other measures to support different social groups.

Why do governments wait for a crisis to happen to take action? Why wait until their citizens rebel, take to the streets and get killed, which drives the country into chaos and years of instability? Sudan has not yet recovered from its last catastrophe; the division between the North and South.

African Arab countries need to be more aware of global changes happening. Instead of focusing on power, governments must work on improving people’s living conditions by interacting with the street, listening to people’s demands, and implementing necessary action plans.

Governments need to understand that ignorance and injustice make revolution. They must take responsibility before other countries try to colonize them under false pretexts like “democracy” and “freedom of speech,” which usually results in embezzling the people’s wealth and separating their communities to keep them weak and submitted.


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