Popular Sovereignty & #YouStink

The first article called “New Paradigms of Popular Sovereignty in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings” by Paul Amar explains all the different forms of sovereignty that were happening in the Arab world. They look at a variety of paradigms which focused on authority, imperialism, history, repression, etc. One of the articles mentions the feminist organization and how they continuously fought back against the state to change moralism regardless of consequences.

The second article explains the issues that arises due many places being regulated and privatized by the mayor. One of the cities largest park was even closed due to it being believed it would cause unwanted “political violence”. While reading the article I also learned how most of the state has regulation throughout the state by “privatization” of land. There are many places that have been closed to the general public and made private for example the Corniche which is a historical urban city is now commercialized and the marina called Zaytuna Bay as well. Putting so much restrictions on land that was public at one point puts a sense of sovereignty in the State and helps keep the citizens under control.

The third reading we had to look at was on the trash issue in Lebanon.  Before looking into the #YouStink campaign I never had heard of the movement and uprising that occurred in Lebanon during August 2015. The images that were taken and shown in the article really put into perspective the crisis the country was facing and how the government controlled its people. It is awful learning how other countries allow things like this to get so out of hand. The images showed how the police was shooting water out of canons and beating people them because they were rebelling against the trash issue. They wanted it removed because it represented the government failure and was causing health illnesses. Imagine if you lived in a country that would deny you basic rights?

Popular Sovereignty & #YouStink

2 thoughts on “Popular Sovereignty & #YouStink

  1. alexanderamiot73 says:

    I agree that the level of privatization of public land has caused a great divide between the private land owners and the general public. Also I think you did a good job with symmetry and analysis of these different articles.


  2. Brandon Kado says:

    Someone mentioned this briefly before, but what was so irritating about Lebanon’s government is that they had the funds for riot gear and their repressive state apparatuses, but they won’t pay for a trash-removal system, or any kind of public sanitation at all? That is another aspect of the second article that surprised me; that the privatization of public land means that some private entity owns the public spaces in cities. Those new owners don’t seem to care at all about the maintenance of their property if they’re letting things like this trash crisis happen.


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