Is there life after Facebook? Of the Arab ‘Spring’ and London ‘Summer’

How could the Arab ‘Spring’ be instructive for the London (looting) summer? Well, the difference between a dialectic and cyclical history is a distance between success and fall: The Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 (that interestingly enough also included the non-petrol exporting republics of Egypt, Syria and Tunisia) was an attempt at political emancipation.

Between the “Arab Spring” and the Thai elections

The months long reporting on the unrest in the Arab world misses one important point; each and every country engulfed by the popular revolt is a republic, while monarchies (situated predominantly on the Arabian Peninsula,…