How the dream of the Arab Spring died

  A decade after the Arab Spring, the hopes of a generation have been crushed   " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> A miasma of tear gas hung over Cairo at the height of the battle for control of Tahrir Square. At night it drifted in through my open window a couple of miles away, along with the distant roar of the revolution. It took the protesters 18 days to dislodge President Hosni Mubarak, which they did on 11 February 2011. Until that moment he seemed to be an immovable feature on the political landscape of the Middle East, in office for nearly 30 years. To stay in the square they had to fight off Mubarak’s security forces, his thuggish supporters and even a bizarre cavalry charge by men oncamels. Not every day was violent. Sometimes the square was a carnival, with platforms for speeches and music, men with handcarts selling sweet potatoes baked in wood-fired ovens made of old oil drums, and a sense of solidarity and mutual res .. Full story on newstatesman.com 

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