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The World is Angry

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I haven’t done a comparative study, but it’s probably safe to say that rarely has there been so much anger during relatively ‘peaceful’ times, in so many countries in both the ‘developing’ and so-called ‘developed’ world. The cause of the anger appears to be the same everywhere: popular discontent with the way governments are handling the complexities of modern life.

On the plus side, we’re seeing negotiations instead of revolts in parts of the south, mainly in Africa, where Sudan is negotiating its way to a power-sharing agreement between popular forces and the military; and perhaps due to a long history of French colonization, the Arab north, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco have all responded positively to popular pressure for renewal: in Algeria, the leader of the fight for independence Abdelaziz Boutiflika, resigned after twenty years in power; Tunisia rejected Sharia law as the basis for legislation in 2012, and since has the most modern regime, while since the seventeenth century, Morocco has been ruled by Alaouites, who are syncretic Muslims, its current King, Mohammed VI, a reformist.

On the other side of the world, Hong Kong has been leading the news for several weeks, with protests over a plan to send indicted citizens to China for prosecution. (The enclave was handed over to China by Britain in 1997, becoming a special........

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