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Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East-The Arab Spring Two Years On

Schedule of Events for this weekend's conference at PSU in Smith Memorial Student Union [4/27/13 - 4/28/13]

[Where]Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights invites you to attend the conference

The Arab Revolutions of 2011 rocked world politics. Starting in Tunisia and Egypt and spreading to Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria, millions of ordinary people took to the streets, occupied their workplaces, and challenged dictatorial regimes that had ruled for decades. The revolutions have also reshaped the geopolitics of the region forcing the US to adjust its strategy in an effort to maintain its hold, setting regional powers jostling for stronger positions in the emerging order, and putting Israel on edge as the democratic aspirations of the masses highlighted their solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.

Two years later, the heady optimism of the initial months of the uprisings has given way to a drawn out process of social upheaval. In Tunisia and Egypt, dictators Ben Ali and Mubarak were overthrown, but their replacements have failed to deliver on the masses' expectations. The uprisings in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen, were alternately repressed and co-opted by the Gulf States and the West, while the militarization of the uprising in Syria has put a question mark over the outcome of its revolution. In Palestine the siege on Gaza continues while the settlements continue to expand in the West Bank.

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