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Commentary: Obama ties young Africans to democracy movement

6:00 PM, Jul. 2, 2013
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Four years ago, President Obama - speaking over the heads of dictators and strongmen in the Middle East - gave a speech at Egypt's Cairo University that, if it didn't spark the Arab Spring, surely piled kindling onto the smoldering fire of dissent that ignited it.

Saturday, in an address at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg - a place that reeks of symbolism for oppressed people in sub-Saharan Africa - Obama may have unleashed another democracy movement.

As it turned out, the Arab Spring was largely a violent upheaval of despotic governments in North Africa whose outcome is ...

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