Hodjanernes Blog

4 juni 2009

Demokrati og den arabiske verden

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian sociologist and the founder of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo, is one of the Arab world’s foremost democratic dissidents.

He was imprisoned from 2000 to 2003 on charges of “defaming Egypt” and convicted of a similar charge in absentia in 2008. On May 25, his conviction was overturned on appeal. Ibrahim, who has spent most of the past two years in self-imposed exile, was interviewed by Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, who prepared the following edited excerpts:

Han taler om Hussein Obamas besøg i Ægypten, Sadat, demokrati etc.

Q: How can Americans promote Arab democracy?

A: They can pressure their government to withhold aid from the autocrats. Use your aid to support five things: rule of law, freedom of speech, civil society, gender equality, and minority rights. Those are the ingredients that will make democracy come naturally.

Læs interviewet på The Boston Globe.

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