Fazila Farouk of SACSIS talks to Na’eem Jeenah of the Afro-Middle East Centre about developments in the Middle East, particularly, given the threat of external military intervention looming over Syria and the undoing of the Egyptian revolution, where a military coup has unseated a democratically elected government.

Both the revolution in Egypt and the calls for the removal of Syria’s dictator are rooted in the struggles and mobilization of ordinary people on the ground. The problem is that citizens’ action is not leading to the realization of democratic rights for the people of the Middle East. Jeenah addresses this problem and its implications for citizens’ action in South Africa.

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Na'eem Jeenah, from the Afro-Middle East Centre, explains that although the Egyptian military has said it will step in if President Mohamed Morsi doesn't resign, it is unlikely it wants to rule the country.

Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, Na'eem Jeenah, has dismissed suggestions that the violent protests in Turkey are similar to those seen during the Arab Spring uprising two years ago.

Executive Director at the Afro-Middle East Centre, Na'eem Jeenah. discusses the implications of Syria joining multi-national talks with Russia and the USA.

 

Na'eem Jeenah of the Afro-Middle East Centre says the world is closely watching the volatile situation in Syria and while everyone agrees that chemical warfare was used in last week's attack, opinions differ on exactly who used it.

 

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