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The Egyptian Uprising and the Global Capitalist System


  • Ibrahim Aoude


This article situates Egypt in the global capitalist system to understand better the causes of the uprising beyond the one that has been put forth primarily in the Western media, viz. the authoritarian, undemocratic Mubarak regime was the main source. While democracy is a critical instrument that gives people more say in the process of governance, the uprising was primarily caused by the failure of the Mubarak regime to bring economic prosperity. Indeed, poverty had increased and political repression was used to squelch any opposition to Mubarak’s economic policies. This article argues that the continuing uprising is part of a global resistance to a US-led global capitalist system.

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  • Ibrahim Aoude, 2012. "The Egyptian Uprising and the Global Capitalist System," International Studies, , vol. 49(3-4), pages 315-330, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:intstu:v:49:y:2012:i:3-4:p:315-330

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