The Arab spring is still alive
Some have attempted to make the Arab spring ‘unknowable’ as a socio-political phenomenon, all the better to obscure the intentions of its subjects and justify counterrevolution. But it was barely even a year after this that the perversely simplistic and cliched term ‘Arab winter’ began to become normalised. It’s why one can look at what’s currently occurring in Sudan and Libya and see that these situations are simultaneously proof of the life and death of the Arab spring. The proponents of democracy in Sudan suddenly found themselves up against a familiar enemy. It’s so easy to speak of the death of the Arab spring or the onset of an ‘Arab winter’.