Despite uprisings in a dozen or more countries, substantive change didn't follow. Liberating struggles remain.
Throughout most of the region, people want jobs, decent pay, better services, ending corruption and repression, as well as liberating democratic change in a part of the world where poverty, unemployment and despotism reflect daily life for tens of millions.
Regional despots enforce the worst of conditions. Fed up people want change. They're on their own against repressive entrenched power.
Western support makes their liberating struggles harder. Expect no resolution easily or quickly. Dark forces will go all out to crush them. Real change remains a distant dream.
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