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Submitted by Erik on
I agree fully with his point that this is truly the remaking of the social contract for the Arab world. Even in countries that are not undergoing widespread unrest or a transition period, it is clear that Arab citizens have changed the way they view their relationship with the state. But when Mr. Chauffour refers to social entitlements, he is stepping into dangerous territory. These social entitlements include basic social services, education for women, and investments in higher education. Another slogan from the protests was “Bread, water, no Ben Ali.” This is hardly the call of a people who would like the end to their bread subsidies.