There have been many comparisons between the current revolutions in Sudan and Algeria and the “Afro-Arab Spring” that toppled mummified autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in 2011. The martyrdom of a 26-year-old fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid triggered these revolutions. In all of these cases, technology-wielding, disaffected youths formed the vanguard of popular uprisings that led to military brass hats turning against long-ruling autocrats: Tunisia’s Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Sudan and Algeria historically established strong resistance movements that fought British and French colonialism. They also had long-ruling autocrats who were forced to resign within a week of each other: the fall of the 30-year reign of Sudan’s 75-year-old Omar al-Bashir followed that of the 20-year rule of Algeria’s 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in a wheelchair since 2013 following a debilitating stroke. Both countri...

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