News headlines everywhere talk about the unrest in the Arab world – and their implications for authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the world. This morning’s news talks of governments trying to stifle opposition through the unprecedented show / use of force. (Saudi sends tanks to riot-hit Bahrain, Oman deploys army units fearing more unrest).
What is really interesting to see is that these protestors are not as easily intimidated by these scare tactics – thanks to the connectedness with people around using cell phones and social networking technologies! (Palestinians try to create Facebook Revolution). These revolutions are not something that were predicted a few weeks ago – but they are bringing an incredible amount of change to a region that has traditionally been under the grip of a few authoritarian leaders.
The prospects for democracy finally seem to be brightening for the Arab world. Very exciting times we live in!
Viva People Power!!