The Arab Spring that Anthony and I had been reporting on hadn’t yet achieved any of the changes I, along with millions of Arabs, had longed for, but many of us still believed that it would. He was born in the United States to Lebanese parents.
I grew up in Lebanon, during its civil war, in a politically savvy family and had decided to become a journalist largely because I wanted to be a part of the national conversation.
At the time the speed and extent of the spread for these uprisings was predicted by experts in the field.
But very few and analysts were able to link the current uprisings to the post-communist revolutions that took place between 19.
In both of these regions there were existing regimes that objected to revolts of any kind and remained strongly authoritarian for multiple decades.
In both areas the governments developed a monopoly of power as well as highly repressive sets of control techniques.
By the time of the rally, I had witnessed my country’s destruction, rehabilitation and descent back into instability and uncertainty.
The Lebanese war officially ended in 1990, but the nation remained deeply divided and extremely precarious.
Obama and since then policy analysts have echoed the same theme.
Comparisons to the post-communist transitions can help to dispel the assertion that people in the air region are incapable of democracy for that this particular area of the world is unique.