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Hip hop and the Arab uprisings

Written against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, Sean O’Keefe argues, people shouldn’t divide Arabic rappers into pro- and anti-revolution camps and castigate one side – the Arabic hip-hip scene is too nuanced and complex for that. But if unity only comes at the expense of social justice, the Arab world will be even worse off than before.

Hong Kong – A Revolution?

Dr. Simon Leitch argues, some revolutions succeed but most fail, and the current protests in Hong Kong will have to break through many barriers to achieve democratic reforms. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese government can weather the storm without making any concessions, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of well-managed authoritarianism.