Goodbye 2011

To a year that was good beyond imagination, I say thank you. 2011 was not any normal year that passes by, it’s a year when history was re-written. A year that for anyone who lived the events and changes it brought to us will never forget, I never thought or imagined I would witness revolutions sweeping the Middle East not even in my wildest dreams, apparently 2011 stated it was time for the change everyone was waiting for so long.
On a personal level 2011 had its ups and downs, it’s the year that changed my life, I started my blog, and found myself in writing, it’s the year I became active on twitter, it’s the year I met many people who inspired me, changed me, I had hope restored to me.

Thank you 2011 for being that great year we all were waiting for, but more importantly I want to thank the people who took their destinies in their hands, demanding their stolen rights, demanding the better living they deserve, thank you Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain for showing us what the simple citizen can do. Thank you you brave humans who refused to keep living in the shadows of life, thank you for bringing back to me the hope that I had lost. Thank you for proving the world wrong, that we are not a dead nation, that we are alive just like anyone else, that we are free, thank you from the future generations who will look back and realize that the freedom, democracy, and decent living they have, were nothing but the result of the sacrifices made during this year.

In 2011 the first refugee came back to Palestine though for a short period of time, but it proved that the right of return is nonnegotiable, and is not some fairy-tale, it proved to the world that 63 years later and we haven’t forgotten, it proved that Ben-Gurion who said that in two generations we will forget was wrong, it proved that the right of return will seize to being a dream and become a reality.

I hope that 2012 goes on the same tracks like its predecessor 2011, and becomes the year of Democracy for the countries that revolted, and to help the Syrians win their country back and remove the dictatorship that was established on their bodies.

The Arabic Renaissance

30 years in power are more than enough to create a state of cultural depression, where false thoughts become common in society, the equation used by the regime is as follows, if the people are poor they won’t show any interest in politics, but at the same time the people shouldn’t starve, because if they did this would endanger the regime.

And this worked on the previous generations, but with the informational revolution that developed in the twenty first century, this equation has proven to be failure. The informational revolution created a generation that won’t accept these humiliating conditions that were enforced on the people using many methods, starting with the powerful secret intelligence that spied on people, abducted people from their homes in the middle of the night, creating a wall of fear that surrounded the society, until it became a taboo to talk about politics or criticize the regime’s actions, not to mention the corruption that worked it’s way from the smallest employee in the state to the heads of the state, everyone had to take a piece of the cake until the country’s resources were in the hands of a corrupt elite, that in most cases formed less than 1% of the population, while the rest were poor. This young generation formed mostly of unemployed educated youth who said “Enough, we won’t take this anymore”, and started their revolutions shaking the grounds under the leaders, and promising a great future ahead.

After the revolution a cultural revolution is needed to accompany the political changes as well to remove the bad habits that were created as a result of the policies used by the removed regimes, the thoughts they used to fill the people’s heads with, the concept of leadership, how the leader is the one and only person capable of leading the nation, how criticizing the policies is considered an act done by terrorists only trying to ruin the serenity in the state, the propaganda that tried to prevent the people from thinking straight, and how if a leader is a good one he has the right to be a dictator to “protect” the country from outside or inside threats, and giving the president ultimate power, making him a god-like creature, where the chance of him going wrong is ZERO.

We the youth should work on removing the thoughts and ideas the old regime had planted in each and everyone of us. We should work on ourselves, by abolishing these ideas, and acts that we used to do, we should go back to reading books and write our own, we should stop the culture of violence that has grown in us and go back to be the compassionate humans we were once known as, we should clean our streets and keep them that way, we should stop the culture of negligence we carry around, we should go back to making real music, we should construct and build instead of wrecking state facilities that are there in the first place for us, we should plant trees and flowers not tear them down and pick them. If everyone ceases to do the bad habits they used to do, our country would be much better for us and those around us.

The Arabic Revolutions

The Arabic Renaissance

What Lies Ahead

“What we’re seeing here, in a sense, is the growing — the birth pangs of a new   Middle East and whatever we do we have to be certain that we’re pushing forward to the new Middle East not going back to the old one.” Condoleezza Rice in a Press Conference on July 21, 2006.

It looks like madam Secretary was right, we are indeed seeing the birth of a new Middle East only not in the form Rice imagined it would be. The Arabic nations are revolting  and the wave is spreading, those who are not revolting are demanding free speech, democracy, and better living standards. For the first time in many years people are starting to criticize their governments in a loud voice with no fear what so over from being captured or taken away after midnight.

Are we going to see a better Middle East? Are we going to see respect for human rights? Are we going to see the Middle East flourish like it was centuries ago?  We are now on a crossing, and two main scenarios rise in the air:

The first that indeed we will see a revolution by all means of the word, mental revolution that changes what’s inside the people (their thinking, their actions, and their behavior), a revolution in literature, a revolution  in the daily life of the people where people will get along and the religious tensions that were created by the regimes will dissolve, which will lead the Middle East to be similar to Latin America, with a Social-Democracy taking place, free elections and the freedom to establish political parties, providing good health care for everyone, a good educational system, and we may get to see the Middle East turn into an industrial nation, instead of living solely on the money that comes from the oil revenues, and most importantly we will see true peace occurring between the Arabs and Israel because that peace will be between the nations and not just a signed piece of paper between two leaders.

The other scenario which is the dark one although the chances of  it happening are not that high but it’s on the table, radical Islam rises to power, and tries to turn the Middle East into Islamic states like Iran, where no human rights exist, one has limited free speech but no one will care what he says, religious laws being passed every now and then slowly taking ones freedom of choice, people will be much worse than they were. Why is this scenario only has a slight chance of happening? Well it’s due to the fact that anyone who will be elected will know that if he tries to do any tricks, or shows the slightest amount of dictatorship will go away. This revolution is also a lesson to the future generations, they will know why people revolted and how were they treated.

Middle east revolutions 2011

The current hot spots in the Middle East