Karama!: Journeys Through the Arab Spring

Karama!: Journeys Through the Arab Spring

By: Johnny West (author)Paperback

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Johnny West has lived in this area for the past decade and speaks fluent Arabic, and so has the skills and ability to talk to everyone from security guards to revolutionaries, from families of protestors, some of whom have been killed, to oil workers, to cafe owners, lawyers, barbers and clerics. Travelling on public buses, visiting with families, hanging out in shops and cafes, he brings out for all of us what made ordinary people erupt, what happened to them during those days and now, what their hopes, fears and dreams are, how they see us in the West, how each country is different but how they see themselves as part of a joint Arab culture, before Islamists. Johnny West's long experience in the area enables him to set all this in context, while never losing the vividness of a travel book or the characters of a novel. This is not a political treatise but a journey of discovery - of people, of places, of life under extraordinary circumstances - which this book allows us to share and makes one feels as if one had been there.

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About Author

Johnny West was a Reuters correspondent in the Middle East; for a decade he has run a digital news agency in the area. He is an internet journalist and blogger. He has worked in Afghanistan, as well as Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq. He lives in Jordan. He speaks fluent Arabic, Farsi and French. He now works for the United Nations.


Karama! A Prologue. PART ONE - TUNISIA: A Revolution of Wit; Small Town, Big Shots; The Great Expectations Gap; A Tale of Two Checkpoints; The Repression Industry; 'The Language of Lies and Talking Down'; You Didn't Get Us. PART TWO - EGYPT: We Are All Khaled Said; Midhat al-Yazel Street; Of Mosque and Church; The Muslim Brothers Are Just So Twentieth-Century; Counter-revolution!; Read All About It; This Revolution Will Be Televised. PART THREE - LIBYA: Looking for Mercenaries; Looking for the Green Book in Libya; Of Oil, Revolution and Complicity; Yes, It's Facebook!; Untold Treasure; Back Home, Egyptian Style. Epilogue. Acknowledgements.

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780857389947
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9780857389947
  • weight: 248
  • ISBN10: 0857389947

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