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On the events in Algeria and Sudan

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The ongoing popular uprisings in Algeria and Sudan have caused the countries to look to each other and left observers and analysts unable to avoid comparisons. Such comparisons are made either between the slogans, goals and active forces in the uprisings or between the consequences, outcomes and how the authorities are dealing with the two major uprisings in the two important countries.

Both uprisings occurred against a socio-economic background, triggered by their presidents running for additional terms after being in office for many, many years (Bashir for 30 years and Bouteflika for 20). Both countries face harsh living conditions and the failure of the government to ensure the people’s minimum needs and their needs to live a dignified life. Both countries have experienced civil war (Algeria in the Black Decade and Sudan in the war with and over the South, as well as with Darfur and South Kordofan).

As a result of the uprisings, the leaders emerge to the public and made tempting offers of change and prosperity. However, this did not calm the angry masses, but rather raised fundamental questions in both countries: What can you do during a new........

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