„Revolutions cannot be planned and arranged, even if people do. Revolutions just happen. But whether the idea of a revolution was there to begin with – or not – will influence the results significantly when the revolution has already happened. A crucial paradox in the Arab revolution has to do with its refo-lutionary character (reforming-revolutionary). In the best-case scenario, the revolutions will be incomplete, because the key institutions and values of the old regime continue to destroy the wishes and demands of meaningful change.“ (Asef Bayat)

Arrival by ferry over the Suez Canal, Port Said, November 2013