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Rising Literacy and a Shrinking Birth Rate A Look at the Root Causes of the Arab Revolution

In a SPIEGEL interview, French social scientist Emmanuel Todd discusses the demographic roots of the Arab revolution, which he argues was spurred by rising literacy and rapidly shrinking birth rates. He also muses on the ghost of Osama bin Laden, arguing "al-Qaida was already dead," and on why he believes Germany is not a part of the "core West."
Interview conducted by Romain Leick; Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan