birth pangs

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a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth

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How quickly and efficiently the You Stink and other protest movements organize politically to challenge the entrenched power structure will largely determine whether they succeed in turning the historic but nascent and small phenomenon of the birth pangs of the Lebanese citizen into a national reality that reconfigures the power structure so that it treats all citizens with more efficiency, equity, and, above all, respect and dignity.
The conduct of kings is one of Munro's themes; so, too, are the birth pangs of a modern nation, the way a poor, feudal, violent society can begin to find stability and common cause.
We are beginning to see the birth pangs of such a market shift with more bullish deal brokering by landlords, specifically demand for longer-term commitments from potential occupiers, coupled with reduction in overall incentive packages," he said.
Yet unfree labour was as a ghost of capital's past, peculiar to the birth pangs of the capitalist mode of production, what Marx called--adapting from earlier classical political economists--"primitive accumulation.
Today we may be looking at the birth pangs of a new generation of Syrians, the "lost generation" of 2011, whose common sensibility has been honed at the whetstone of the Syrian diaspora.
But Chesshyre makes it clear that he's in the Middle East to witness the birth pangs of newly liberated nations--and there's plenty of material to be found.
The various elements of the societies that formed the fuel for these uprisings were sure to undergo a difficult period of birth pangs that could last for another decade, based on the lessons of history.
Digging deeply into archives and old newspapers, Freeberg takes us on a captivating intellectual adventure that offers long-forgotten stories of the birth pangs of the electrical age that are amusing, surprising and tragic.
Hammering home his point, the Council president added that "we are not witnessing the birth pangs of a federal Euroland'".
Kawamura told reporters in Nagoya, "We're going through birth pangs," referring to his hopes for a merger between Genzei Nippon and the parties led by Hashimoto and Ishihara.
Indeed, while the Republican Party struggled with perceptions of extremism in 1964, the long-term birth pangs of an increasingly robust conservative movement evidenced in the 1980s and beyond are attributable to this origin.
He makes a false distinction between mob violence and state sponsored violence and more seriously justifies the former saying "the successive mob violence in Sri Lanka both in the South and North, as pointed out by the author, have been a part of the birth pangs of 'new nations' of Asia.
We are now experiencing the birth pangs of the Messianic era.
It was obvious that the birth pangs were a constant source of trouble in the initial stages for the new state.