Our world is in trouble: exploding social inequality, a broken economy, climate catastrophe, and the rise of right-wing authoritarianism pose existential threats to civilization as we know it. And that was before the coronavirus struck.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into bold relief what many of us already knew: capitalism, whether of the protectionist or the globalized variety, has failed. It cannot produce the medical supplies we need at prices we can afford, it cannot allocate them fairly or effectively, and it cannot coordinate a humane, global response to a global problem. Now more than ever, it is abundantly clear that real answers to the burning questions of the future must be democratic and socialist.
To combat the pandemic, solve the climate crisis, restructure the economy, and build a better future, the Left in all of its diversity must rediscover and reinvent internationalism—as both a political framework for understanding capitalism and a strategy to transform it. In this spirit, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is launching "Global Crisis, Global Solidarity", a bi-weekly livestream on the first and third Wednesday of every month with guests from around the world discussing the current health crisis, but also its economic and political implications and the way forward for the international Left. Tune in and join the discussion!
Wednesday, 16 December, 15:00 CET
Revolution and Counterrevolution: The Arab Spring Ten Years On
with Hossam el-Hamalawy, Egyptian journalist and activist
It’s been nearly ten years since protests in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in response to ongoing economic hardship and police harassment, kicked off what came to be known as the Arab Spring. Masses of people from Morocco to Bahrain and every Arab country in between took to the streets for freedom, democracy, and a better life for all. In some places it led to the fall of dictators and free elections—in others, like Syria, it brought horrific bloodshed and destruction that will take generations to heal.
What did the Arab Spring achieve, and what stopped it from continuing its hopeful advance? We’ll be joined by Egyptian journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy, himself an active participant in the uprisings, to learn more about this momentous chapter in recent history and ask what, if anything, is left of its emancipatory promise.