Europe and the Arab World: Patterns and Prospects for the by Samir Amin

By Samir Amin

This quantity makes a speciality of an initiative, initially introduced via the eu Union in Barcelona, to place its family members with Arab international locations of the Mediterranean (and Gulf) areas on a brand new footing of equality and at the same time invaluable cooperation. the quantity presents an in depth empirical account of the initiative in addition to an traditionally contextualized, intellectually severe and politically perceptive research of a few of the realities impacting in this initiative. one of several hindrances pointed out are the overriding and economically adverse impression of globalized capitalism, and the decision of the USA to impose its personal hegemonic political ambitions at the center japanese zone.

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The intervention of the Islamic tendencies in these fields only aggravates the situation. Studies carried out on this subject, in Egypt (Azza            |  Khalil), show that they follow a strategy that aims at reinforcing the submission of women to the law as it exists, in exchange for a small improvement in material conditions, given in a spirit of charity rather than one of according rights. Third, it is often said that the activities of associations target a public that used to be ignored by the existing dominant modes of life and social action: state, political parties, trade unions.

Egypt, which has never thought  |  of treating Sudanese nationals as aliens, has therefore received an indefinite number of emigrants estimated at 2 million at least (the majority being ordinary workers obviously fleeing their country’s declining economic life). At any rate, the potentially powerful front has no programme enabling it to coordinate struggles – which remain isolated but frequent in the country – and strengthen their capacity to crystallize into an alternative. Morocco Based on a twofold national and religious legitimacy, the Moroccan monarchy encouraged guaranteed democratic breakthroughs so long as they pleased the king.

Just as there is, at least on paper, a confederation of trades unions (Arab Workers’ Union). In the 1970s and 1980s, the intensification of intra-Arab migrations (towards the oil-rich countries) certainly helped to popularize the mutual knowledge of the Arab peoples. But it did so in a general atmosphere of depoliticization and in an environment dominated by the super-reactionary practices of the Gulf States. Its effects are            |  therefore very ambiguous. The flow of capital in the opposite direction has not had less ambiguous effects, as it mainly enriched the speculators of the Islamist movement.

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