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The Arab Spring may turn out better than you expect

By Adel Dajani   December 2011

Libyan women celebrate Gaddafi’s overthrow. They will not give up freedom easily

The armchair experts on Arab affairs are at it again. Still smarting from not predicting the Arab Spring and in hyping the case for the so-called Islamists who had nothing to do with the recent uprisings, many are now pontificating on what is happening—or going to happen—in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. “The Arab Spring is becoming an Islamist takeover,” was the pronouncement of Con Coughlin in the Telegraph on 25th October.

Before the election results emerged in Tunisia, we were regaled by reports about widespread voter pessimism, low…

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