Magazine article New Internationalist

Who's in the Economic Driving Seat Now?

Magazine article New Internationalist

Who's in the Economic Driving Seat Now?

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A few months ago, when I started work on 'The Great Rebellion' (page 14), an uprising by the Arab people was equally difficult to forecast as its outcome is now, as we go to press.

Media coverage in the West immediately suggested that the fate of the Egyptian people must rest in the hands of the US Government, which has funded the Egyptian apparatus of repression for so long. But despotism has been justified once too often by the ignorant and deceitful fantasy that the people of the region are wedded to Islamic extremism.

The truth is that the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings were just the most recent in a sequence that began in Latin America, continues through much of Asia and is a response to the despotism of freemarket fundamentalism and corporate globalization. …

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