Through the slogans of the Arab spring and through historical insights on recent Arab social movements, Fawwaz Traboulsi reviews the revolutionary path ahead to democratization.
He warns of the cooptation of constitutional reforms by the United States, who, behind the pretense of political and media plurality, may seek to safeguard their national interest by strengthening the powers of the executive branches of government. He argues for real freedom whose prerequisite is legal and political equality rooted in strong legislative bodies representing the will of the people.
Fawwaz Traboulsi is Associate Professor of History and Politics at the Lebanese American University, Beirut. He has written on Arab history, politics, social movements and popular culture. He has published extensively and translated several books into Arabic, including works by Edward Said, Karl Marx, John Reed, Antonio Gramsci, Isaac Deutscher, John Berger, Etel Adnan and Saidi Yusuf. His book publications include “A History of Modern Lebanon” (2007)
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