In the past couple of weeks the Arab world has rocked with contraries–tumult and calm, insurrection and passivity, violence and nonviolent resistance. Tunis, Cairo, Tehran, and soon possibly Harare and Sana’a–cities not normally on the radar of Americans–are facing precipitous changes that we hope will be transformative.
Their rallying cry? I’m not referring to the social media, but to poetry. Arrangements for massive protests may have been made via Twitter and Facebook, but it is poetry that captures the heart’s pleas for peace and freedom.
- You: Good sense of the Arabs (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- Israeli PM: Arab world undergoing ‘earthquake’ (ctv.ca)
- Ussama Makdisi: Egypt: Why Is The United States Afraid Of Arab Democracy? (huffingtonpost.com)