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The most important implication of what is happening in Algeria

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What happened and is still happening in Algeria, beginning with the protests against Bouteflika’s candidacy for a fifth term and most recently his decision not to run in the elections is not ordinary or normal by any standard. This is also the case for what is happening in Sudan, although the Algerian scene is more powerful and clearer.

Of course we can also add to this list a number of Arab protests in recent years, such as Iraq, Mauritania, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, along with occasional peaceful protests in the Syrian revolution. Most recently, we have seen some forms of limited protests in Egypt despite the ferocity of oppression.

These protests have several implications, but the most important implication is that the Arab counter-revolutions’ number one is to discipline the nations. It wanted to do so in order to stop the nations from taking to the streets once again, using the threat, “Do you want what happened to Syria to happen to you?” However, this goal was not achieved.

Algeria is a very important case for the simple reason that it was........

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