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  •  From what I've observed, it has usually been (1+ / 0-)
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    economic disparity that initiated events. But, unfortunately, in all the Arab Spring revolts, religion very quickly came to the forefront as an overriding factor in their resolutions.

    •  I agree that it is involved--but involved as (2+ / 0-)
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      identity politics more than belief, I think.  Even w/Morsi and the brotherhood--a lot of this was about forcing through constitutions, completely ineptitude wrt the economy, and general obliviousness to the needs of the country.  Fears over hard-line Islamism were certainly involved, but I don't see actual belief--or exercise of that belief--as being paramount.

      •  Morsi was caught between a rock and a hard place (2+ / 0-)
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        with the economy. The country desperately needed cash but the US and IMF required austerity measures that were extremely unpopular. This basically tanked the economy and the people became more and more dissatisfied.

        After he was toppled, $12 billion miraculously appeared from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The IMF now states that it's terms will be relaxed if Egypt wants to re-apply. The people don't want IMF money.

        Fears over hard-line Islamism were certainly involved, but I don't see actual belief--or exercise of that belief--as being paramount.
        Currently, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt are all torn by sectarian strife to one extent or another. The problem is that none of these governments are capable of addressing the real roots of the problem - economic disparity. It's become world wide and includes both developed and undeveloped countries. Just look within the US itself.

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