Informative speech on the Arab spring
“Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before here today to share with you in one of the most historical moments in not only in the Arab world, but also to the entire world as a whole. Many of us would begin by asking, “what was this Arab Spring?” well, the Arab Spring was a revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on the 18th of December 2010. As to the question of “why it took place?” there were different local causes for the Arab Spring. However, the protests had the same motivations. The Arab world has a long history of struggle for political change, from leftist groups to Islamist radicals Primoz, (2011). As McCrummen, (2011). observes, collectively, people saw the emergence of corrupt political, economic and social systems controlled by dictatorial elites for decades, tremendous social turmoil provoked by poverty, corruption, greed, and violence, the evident injustice of crony capitalism, rising expectations of the young; and the delayed mushrooming of civil society that was surprising them for many years, and they therefore wanted changed (Peterson, 2011). It was an outcome of a number of repressive policies against Arab citizens from their own governments (McCrummen, 2011). . Tunisia was the first of the Arab country to over throw their government igniting other revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and sparked protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan which answers the question of “where this Arab Springs took place.” Though there were common factors, each protesting country had their own particular goals. For instance, protesters in Tunisia were largely calling time out on the corruption of the ruling party, In Egypt it was never the less the same, but primarily driven by religious goals, Yemen has had its own Geo-political tensions since unification in 1990, In Libya, it was an attack on a very rich and eccentric tyrant and the peoples bid to confrontation their problem of human rights violations and Marshall law that has ruled over them for decades. As Primoz, (2011) notes, the protestants used techniques that were mostly civil resistance in sustained campaigns that involved strikes, demonstrations, marches, and rallies, the effective use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship (McCrummen, 2011). At this point, the question running through our minds is, “what was the outcome of the Arab Spring uprising, did it bring about more good than bad or vice versa?” Well, the consequent paragraphs will shed more light to that. These Arab Springs bore rise to E-revolutions. The first mass protest in Egypt was announced on Facebook by an anonymous group of activists. In a few days, they managed to attract tens of thousands of people which at the time proved to be a powerful mobilization tool that helped the activists to reduce encounters with the police during street riots and demonstrations. Primoz, (2011) points out that through social networks; Facebook, twitter, You-Tube and text messaging, four dictators were knocked out of power in a few months. The Arab Springs showed the role that the media helped to bring to an end an era of oppression that characterized Arab rule. Since technology was the trigger for these e-revolutions, mass media played a key part in giving them momentum and empowering people in their protests (McCrummen, 2011). Not so long ago, demonstrations of such magnitude would not have been thought newsworthy and would have been overlooked under oppressive regimes out of fear which was now no longer the case as evident whereby, millions of demonstrators in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen challenged their regime practices with the media offering 100% full coverage and their backing. The...
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