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There are times when a picture needs no words. This photograph by Mohamed Kacimi provides such commentary on the current violence in Tunisia and all such dictatorial mentalities. found here How to Put Out the Fires of Hate

Tunisia: Amid massive protests, prime minister takes power while president flees

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Revolution in Tunisia: photo gallery

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Tunisia: YouTubing the Uprising

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

The First WikiLeaks Revolution?

from Wiki Leaks by Elizabeth Dickinson

Tunisians didn’t need any more reasons to protest when they took to the streets these past weeks — food prices were rising, corruption was rampant, and unemployment was staggering. But we might also count Tunisia as the first time that WikiLeaks pushed people over the brink. These protests are also about the country’s utter lack of freedom of expression — including when it comes to WikiLeaks.

Saudi Arabia: Fleeing, Tunisian Ex-President Ben Ali Lands in KSA

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

On Friday, shortly after now-former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, bloggers and Twitter users began debating where his plane would land.  Some figured he’d head to France, while others thought the UAE would be his destination.  As it turns out, Ben Ali’s final destination was Saudi Arabia?the same nation that hosted Ugandan dictator Idi Amin after the fall of his regime.

Arab World: Where is Ben Ali Headed to?

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

Now that ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country, the question on everyone’s mind is: Where is he headed to?

Netizens are putting their money on any one of the Arab Gulf Countries – which comprise of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

Tunisia: Celebrations Welcome the End of Ben Ali’s Rule

from Global Voices Online by Hisham

Written by Hisham

The Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali quit his country on Friday following four weeks of popular protests, putting an end to his 23 years in power. The authorities have declared a state of emergency while the Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he was taking over as interim President. This comes after violent clashes opposed protesters and riot police in central Tunis, the capital city. This development comes one day after Ben Ali announced he was to step down at the end of his mandate in 2014. Ben Ali’s dramatic departure comes after weeks of protests that started in the central city of Sidi Bouzid before spilling into other regions and cities and finally reaching the capital city of Tunis. Twitter and the blogosphere have been flooded with reactions.

Tunisia: Ben Ali Has Left the Building

from Global Voices Online by Tarek Amr

Written by Tarek Amr

News of the Tunisian coup d’etat or may be the Tunisian revolution made the headlines across the Arabic blogosphere. Bloggers from all over the Arab world wrote to congratulate the Tunisian people.

Tunisia: Hackers take over Tunisian Foreign Minister Kamel Morjane’s Blog

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Iran: New Cops for Virtual world

from Global Voices Online by Hamid Tehrani

Jordan: Tunisian Protests May Trigger More Agony for Arab Governments

from Global Voices Online by Betsy Fisher

Written by Betsy Fisher

At least 23 people have died in unrest in Tunisia, with violent protests occurring daily and police employing tear gas and live ammunition to control the demonstrators who are reacting against high unemployment, corruption, increased fuel and food prices and lack of political freedoms. As the violence continues, so too have responses and expressions of support in Jordan.

The epidemiology of digital #activism: more than just virals

from media/anthropology by John Postill

I´m back in Barcelona after a most enjoyable seminar at the Media and Communications Department, Karlstad University, in Sweden. The weather was clement (a mild -7 celsius in the morning of my departure) and I had a very warm welcome from André Jansson, Florencia Enghel and other staff and students. Many thanks to all concerned! Some quick notes on the presentation and Q&A, which will form the basis of a forthcoming article on this topic:

Jordan: Day of Anger Protests

from Global Voices Online by Betsy Fisher

Written by Betsy Fisher

Inspired by protests in Tunisia, the Jordanian Twitter community rallied around a ?Day of Anger,? announced January 12th and held January 14th after Friday prayers. The rallies were held around Jordan, focusing primarily on rising prices, but also addressing political disenfranchisement and concerns with Prime Minister Samir Rifai’s government.

Arab World: Welcoming the Fall of Ben Ali

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

Looking at my Twitterfeed, one would think that the Arab world has been waiting for this day forever. Tweets celebrating the escape of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Tunisia have created a riot online.

Tunisia: Tweeting Ben Ali’s Speech?Change 2.0 or Just a Show?

from Global Voices Online by Hisham

What if Tunisia had a revolution, but nobody watched?

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

On December 17, a 26 year old Tunisian man named Mohamed Bouazizi reached the end of his rope. An unemployed university graduate, Bouazizi had become a seller of fruits and vegetables in the southern Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. When authorities confiscated his wares to punish him for selling without a license, Bouazizi set himself on fire. He died in hospital on January 4, 2011.

Report: Belarusian mobile operators gave police list of demonstrators

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

According to this unsourced report, the Belarusian mobile operators have cooperated with the country’s secret police to provide a list of everyone who was in the vicinity of an anti-government demonstration; the spooks are now calling in everyone on the list to interview them about their involvement in political dissidence. I’d love to see a better-sourced version of this article, but it’s technically possible for the operators to have logged every phone near a given tower at a given time.

Brock?s insights on the Tunisia media attention disparity

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

George Brock (Professor and Head of Journalism at City University London, long time writer and editor for the Times of London) has a thoughtful and helpful response to my previous post on the protests in Tunisia and my perception that they?re getting far less media attention than the ?green revolution? protests in Iran. Before addressing his helpful intervention, a quick update:

First thoughts on Tunisia and the role of the Internet

from Net Effect by Evgeny Morozov

News from Tunisia looks good. For better or worse, many of us will be pondering the role that the Internet played or didn’t play in the events of the Jasmine Revolution. Below are some preliminary reflections, which, if you know me well, are likely to change by the end of next week!

Tunisia, social media and the politics of attention

from Net Effect by Evgeny Morozov

Over Twitter, Sami ben Gharbia – who, I hope, will finally get a chance to return to Tunisia after his long exile – pointed out that social media did play an important role in “feeding” information to Al-Jazeera and France 24, conceding that at the same time it didn’t have much of an impact on the coverage of the protests in the US.

A reflection on Tunisia

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

This week started for me with a huge event in my family?s life ? after six years of study, my wife was ordained with a rabbi, and our family celebrated with her in Colorado. It ended joyfully as well, as I watched in awe as Tunisians took to the streets and kicked out a widely despised dictator. I?ve had the honor to work with Sami ben Gharbia, a passionate Tunisian activist, for the past five years, and I?m excited for him, for all my other Tunisian friends, and for everyone brave enough to take to the streets and demand change.

Tunisia: a moment of destiny for the Tunisian people and beyond?, Dyab Abou Jahjah

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Dyab Abou Jahjah

On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi a young Tunisian man of 26 years old heads towards the municipality of Sidi Bouzid, a Tunisian provincial city. He walks calmly towards the entrance of the building with the intention of protesting. Bouazizi, who was unemployed despite holding a university degree as an IT engineer was gaining his daily bread as a street vegetable-seller before the police confiscated his stall. Now he was determined to let his voice be heard and to protest this injustice along with the corruption it reflects and the lack of opportunities he is facing despite his application to study and manifest willingness to accept any possible job, including selling vegetables in the street. When the young man set fire to himself in front of city hall, he marked a day after which Tunisia and possibly the whole Arab world will never be the same.

Tunisia: Yezzi fock (It?s enough!), Rob Prince

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Rob Prince

Note: just after posting this, the Tunisian army has taken control of the city of Tunis. It is not clear at this time, whether or not this is a military coup. That said, strange as it might seem, there is the sense that at the least, the army is there not only to restore order, but to protect the populace, much of which is protesting, from the security police…

Unrest in Tunisia: a sign of things to come in Afghanistan?, Ian F. Carver

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Ian F. Carver

There are upwards of 150,000 foreign soldiers supported by tens of thousands of private security personnel operating in Afghanistan. At first impression it would appear that Afghanistan’s biggest troubles are the ongoing insurgency movements throughout the war-torn country. Moreover, it is already clear that the highly trumpeted coalition [of the willing] gains in the heartland of its chosen enemy are not backed up with local Afghan forces that are either up to the task or representative of the local culture, which further diminishes their staying power in a fight that is expected to continue after US and other foreign forces withdraw starting this year.

For Tunisia, many questions linger

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Events are still moving quickly in Tunisia, where word has just come out that 87-year-old Fouad Mebaza, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, is now the new interim president after someone (we don’t know who) determined that yesterday’s takeover by the prime minister wasn’t strictly legal. Also today, Saudi Arabia announced that it had welcomed Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the ousted president, and his family.

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