How did we get from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the dislocation of the present day?
Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere, written by Paul Mason and directed by David Lan, will be performed 28–30 March 2017 at the Young Vic. Tickets are free and will be allocated by ballot.
Five years ago the Middle East and North Africa was electrified by unprecedented popular protests that heralded the start of the Arab Spring. Beginning in Tunisia popular movements swept regimes from power in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya and threatened to overthrow ruling elites across the region. Tragically, the Arab Spring has since become mired in counterrevolution and civil war with the extraordinary violence of the war in Syria, the rise of ISIS, the escalating refugee crisis, and the establishment of a new dictatorship in Egypt emblematic of the profound challenges facing the people of the region. As tumultuous events continue to unfold we present Verso's reading list of key titles addressing the developing situation in the Middle East.