By David Gardner in London
Only six months on and the metaphors are already starting to grate. The Arab spring has entered a long, hot summer and, in the view of some commentators, is headed for the deep freeze of winter. There is something unexamined about this view, which appears to hanker after the old order in the Middle East, and perhaps wants it replaced with some sort of status quo-lite.
But has the pent-up yearning for change across the Arab world really gone so wrong?
There was never even a remote possibility that the transition from entrenched, often western-backed autocracies could be anything other than messy and prolonged, and often violent. The successful topplings of the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes in Tunisia and Egypt are seen as peaceful – which they were in comparison to the present conflicts in Syria and Libya. Yet, in Egypt, for example, while the tactics of the Tahrir Square revolutionaries were for the most part non-violent, 850 people were still killed by regime forces, according to official figures.
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CAIRO – Addressing American Muslim concerns, leading Muslim figures urged thousands of attendants at the continent’s largest Islamic convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to be more involved in the society to stem the growing Islamophobia, The Huffington Post reported.
“We have to balance the internal needs of the Muslim-American community with our need as Muslims to defend Islam,” Ingrid Mattson, a member of ISNA’s executive council and a professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, said during ISNA’s 48th convention.
“We have to constantly battle those negative threats to define us.”
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CAIRO, Egypt — The U.S. government announced today it was opening a dialogue with Islamist political parties amid sweeping changes brought on by the Arab Spring and announced it was seeking “limited contacts” with members of Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently visited Egypt, said, “It is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence. We welcome therefore dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us.”
Clinton made the comments to reporters while traveling in Budapest, according to the Associated Press.
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