This article is an intellectual product of a beautiful mind and personality.. Not only for the epistemic equilibrium; but also the fair stand among rivals..
Many people ignore the historical facts that had already shaped the public mode an...d experiences between Nile and Euphrates.. This had unified the political framework in Southern Syria, Western Jordan, Eastern Lebanon and Northern Egypt.. Regretfully, the local intelligentsia waste their time advocating their independent characteristics and patriotic sovereignty.. One hundred years ago, there were no boundaries or borders; while both commons and intellectuals used to migrate and resettle.. Folklore, surnames and domestics prove a unity that was for long been abandoned..
Good work Sarah..!
How Nasser shaped the Arab Spring
By Sarah Mousa
Similar tactics of oppression have been used by the leadership of Egypt and Syria to weaken the will of their people.
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 10:
Today marks the 54th anniversary of the foundation of the United Arab Republic (UAR), a unity between Egypt and Syria that was the height of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's power and the pinnacle of the pan-Arab philosophy that he epitomised.
At that moment in 1958, the Arab world took a decisive step towards declaring its ultimate independence from foreign influence and reclaiming a unity that both Eastern and Western powers had worked to destroy since the Middle East's golden age. Nasser emotionally described the jubilant scenes he witnessed on the day of the UAR's founding, and later called it a victory for the Arabs as a free people, despite the eventual dissolution of the Republic.
A closer look at this time, one hailed as a revolutionary moment in modern Arab history, offers great insight into the region's current struggles. Nasser's philosophies resonated closely with people not only in Egypt, but throughout the Arab world and beyond, making him overwhelmingly popular. However, both the Syrian and Egyptian systems today are rooted in institutions that the Nasser regime either directly or indirectly created. It is these institutions that have pushed the people of both countries to rise, and that have allowed the Assad regime of Syria and Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt to continue to exert control over their countries.
Nasser's insistence on complete Arab sovereignty and unity, as well as a focus on the plight of the poor, made him a central figure in a region rising out of British and French imperialism. Nasser's frustration at the failure of Arab armies in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, due to foreign control and Arab disunity, would later be cited as the key impetus for his role in the 1952 military coup that rid Egypt of British rule. Nasser's humble background and disdain for the aristocratic hierarchy of the time further inspired him to champion the cause of the poor, the farmers and the workers through semi-socialist policies implemented during his presidency.
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