Intellectuals from the Uprising of the Arabs
According to Paul Amar, the Arabs’ uprising which includes Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Marocco , Libya, Bahrain, Tunsia and Yemen, led to a generation of social movements and public intellectuals that documented many of the Arab crises and their backstory. Some of these individuals tend to form this piece of history as a models of sovereignty. These paradigms include absolutism and oligarchy, and Ecocentric topics like the theories of the Middle East. Individuals from the uprising generation is constructing their own array of researched based on the past and current events within the Middle East and some of North America. These models become framework for hopes of a more fair and organized system that might serve as resources to moments that a country might never want to go mack to.
#YOUSTINK is a antigovernment protest in Beirut,Lebanon that raised awareness of the dangers of the misplacement of garbage in Lebanon. Protesters and residents of Lebanon are concerned of the health problems that can be caused because of this essential garbage issue. The organizers of the #YOUSTINK campaign implemented to demonstrate a peaceful protest down the streets of Beirut, until riot police responded in violent actions such as firing tear gas, rubber bullets and spraying protestors with water cannons. As the days of protesting continued, the violence took an increase as riot police began to beat protestors with batons. Such violence demonstrated the corruption of the system that called for protesters to encourage others to revolt against it.
Yet after long days of violence and protest, the system hasn’t implemented an organized process on how to deal with the inefficiency of the garbage management in Lebanon. Due to the numerous people that were injured the days of the protests, protesters postponed any further demonstration.
The class reading, New Paradigms in Sovereignty in the Wake of the Arab Uprising by Paul Amar was exceptional. His writing truly exemplified the state of sovereignty issues in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings. The social context of mobilization and the social movements that have been scholarly debated since the Egyptian insurgencies, are well addressed by Amar and fully established within the structure of his argument. His provocative views on the balance of aspires between the many groups of intellectuals and theorists, abound by their social and economic pursuits, provides vision for the future of citizenship and workable sovereignty at hand. While the shifting of authoritative power can encourage influential effects, appeasing the engendered, against those with deeper conceptual perspectives, could work to empower the oppositions towards intervention and socialization.
In relation to previous social and political successes, in the Arab world, the innovative and conceptual frameworks that oppose the extraneous injustices of autocratic control, can help to preserve the resolve of possible sovereignty for the Arab people. Conversely, the scholarly revolution that has arisen from the social insurgencies of Egypt and the protests against the failures of the Lebanese government, may also help to infuse the erudite perspectives of a more forgotten and understated educated youth, who have the knowledge and experience to better advocate against the potential reemergence of political and economic challenges. I think that it is important that the theoretical contributions of both the socially and educationally empowered elders and youths of the Arab countries, could work together to define what is possible for an intellectually driven modernization of Arab democracy, against the engrossed authoritarian regimes of the past. With the possibility of sustained social equality that is without violence and conflict between civilians and police, it is highly beneficial that solidarity and commonality be given emphasis in difference to the ambiguities of the contending perspectives on what is considered victory for the oppressed and persecuted peoples of the revolution.