A revolution occurs when the basic needs of the people are not being met and it is caused by political conflict, economic hardships, and social endeavors. The Arab Spring, a democratic uprising, arose across the Arab world starting in 2010. The contemporary event of the Arab Spring and the historic French Revolution in the late 1700s share similarities. The Arab Spring started out in late 2010 in Tunisia when a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi committed suicide because of treatment from local officials. This catastrophe lit a fuse across the Arab nation.1 The French revolution broke out in 1789 when the corrupt King Louis XVI needed money and the financial crisis drove him to convene the estates general to create a new tax. These two revolutions
The defining characteristic of the state is the ability to wield power. The use of power, both inside and outside of one’s border, directly speaks to the sovereignty of the nation. If a nation is incapable of disciplining or punishing its citizens it will invariably become a failed state. Moreover if a country isn’t recognized as powerful in the global political arena, that country stands a very good chance of being dominated by a nation who has the capacity to enforce its own will. The use, or at least the perception, of power is so fundamental in nationhood that those who wield the most power can easily dictate world events.
Abstract: To understand why the Tunisian uprising and its aftermath, the dominant narratives of secularism, Islamism and the political weakness of the youth should be set aside. Those contentious and seductive issues lead us astray from the more fundamental and essential role of the ruling elite, without whom no country can make the transition from authoritarianism to democracy. We must think of those old elites, even in a revolutionary uprising, as active participants who are neither passive nor innocent. Democratization succeeded in Tunisia because the old elite was neither excluded nor subjected to the threat of
Since 1789, increasing discontent for food shortage and dire living conditions in France triggered massive protests against the Old Regime. By overthrowing Louis XVI and absolute monarchy, French citizens began to march toward democracy. However, the desire for participating in political decisions became so radical that fueled by internal and external conflicts, people shifted away from the principles they drew up. To restore stability and enforce laws, the government turned more centralized. Unlike what the revolution intended initially, its ending with Napoleon’s dictatorship totally resembled what it was like before. Such turmoil throughout the revolution merely undermined democracy despite its original aim to increase the public voice in politics.
Larry Diamond's presentation explores the question of why there are no Arab democracies in the Middle East and North Africa. He shows us the relatively stagnant levels of democratic freedoms that have been the norm in the region for the past several decades. Diamond gives us a multitude of potential explanations for the absence of a sustainable democracy.
4. Select five major characters and write three sentences identifying each one. Choose one of these characters and write an additional three sentences describing his or her physical or psychological characteristics.
An actor must develop a full sense of his own identity. This means that the actor is not limited to their usual character, he wants to dig himself out of character within the subconscious, even though he himself does not recognize and repulse this character. Perhaps this character is deep inside the dark side of the actor; perhaps it only appears when actors stay with their family; perhaps this character is produced in daily life by the subtle influence of others arising. Whether the characters suit actor's behavior in daily life or not, these character can be developed to expand the range of actors. Moreover, reading biographies and histories and putting themselves in roles who are described in books promote the growth of actor
The revolutionary fervor of Cultural Revolution was undoubtedly, spearheaded by the organization of the self-proclaimed Red Guards. Duly, this resurgence
Since a very young age, I have been highly invested in theater-a world that revolves around understanding people and the society from which they stem. To succeed in acting, one must have a grasp on philosophy, sociology, different religions, and a wide variety of cultures, so that they may portray the human experience in the most honest way possible, however brutal that might be. History, literature, music and art all come together to tell beautiful stories in theater and I wish to be able to interpret and execute these works of art in the best way possible. When preparing for a role Uta Hagen's nine questions are often one of the most essential pieces of character work an actor relies on. The first of these nine questions is “Who am I?”,
With the development of human society, civilization is incessantly progressive. One aspect of human civilization’s progress is political civilization. Democratic politics can be considered to be the representatives of political civilization. When people refer to the history of human progress, they find that human beings struggle to achieve this great goal and no one can stop the human desire for political freedom. In 2011, one more country took a step towards democracy. Egypt is in the ancient, sacred and conservative Middle East. Egyptians are cheering for their own political aspirations as they overthrew Mubarak’s dictatorship, and are gradually making efforts to establish a democratic and peaceful country.
In recent months we have seen political unrest in Tunisia, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. In each of these countries the political leadership had amassed immense power and was using these powers to restrain and limit their countrymen from development. The ruling class clearly had formed a political structure with a clear agenda to inhibit the growth of their fellow citizens. In the past few decades, people from these countries have endured structural violence due to political hegemony. Exposure to western media has made the people realize the advantage of distributed power. Hence these countries are witnessing a surge of protest, with people fighting against the system. Parsons emphasizes on the distribution of political power and its effects throughout his
The strengths and weaknesses of a committed actor can be paradoxical. For this area I chose to consult with an acting colleague of 17 years. I thought it was necessary to have an objective perspective to honestly describe what has been observed from someone that knows me, personally. The following paragraph from a close friend and veteran actor explains this quandary in her description of me.
Power in politics is a person who has the ability to influence a person in terms of their behaviour; however they possess no right to - unlike authority. There are many ways in which a person can influence another’s behaviour; one such example is through coercion. Coercion refers to the use of violence or threats in order to influence someone. [Jones and Norton, 2011]