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Pour tous nos braves martyres un petit geste de la par de Fahem med ali. Diffusé par Court Métrage.
The situation remains tense in Tunis: the military controls the streets and is fighting against the exiled dictator Ben Ali’s militia. Europe’s press is optimistic at the course taken by the Jasmine Revolution but sees little hope of it spilling over into other Arab countries.
Tunisia’s long time ruler Ben Ali has fled to the Saudi Kingdom. Will the instability in Tunisia spread to Egypt and force Mubarak out next? Egypt has kept an iron fist closed on its activists for a long time. The imprisonment of dissidents has been harsh. Now human rights activists are predicting that Middle East countries ruled by dictators are gaining inspiration from the turbulence and ousting of a de facto dictator.
Written by Betsy Fisher
Tunisia’s month-long protests over economic and participation disenfranchisement culminated in President Zainelabidine Ben Ali fleeing with his family to Saudi Arabia, installing in his place Prime Minister Mohammad Ghannouchi. The same day, Jordanians held their Day of Anger, also reacting against increased prices and frustration with political stagnation. Upon hearing of Ben Ali’s departure, Jordanians reacted in celebration. Mahmoud Lattouf wrote:
Written by Jillian C. York
Following the events in Tunisia that forced former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country, netizens across the Arab world are asking: ?are we next??
Written by Claire Ulrich
After weeks of popular upraising, and a dramatic 24 hours when in rapid succession, ex president Ben Ali fled Tunisia to seek asylum in Saudi Arabia, his prime minister took power, only to be replaced a few hours later by the head of Tunisian Parliament, and with elections now planned to take place in two month, the 600,000-strong Tunisian diaspora living in France gathered today, saturday 15th, in the streets. Despite their concern for the continuous violence in Tunisia, their relatives and the future, they granted themselves one day to rejoice, celebrate and share an overwhelming collective emotion. Here are a few pictures* of the ?day after?, a Tunisian Pride in Paris.
Written by Amira Al Hussaini
Libyan leader Muammar Al Gaddafi managed to offend both Tunisians and netizens from across the world wide web in his address to the Tunisian people, following the fall of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime. With trouble brewing at home and Libyans taking to the Internet to vent off, could Gaddafi be foreseeing his doom as a ?victim of Facebook and YouTube??
Written by Claire Ulrich
It has finally dawned. After decades of state amitié (friendship) with the Zeinabidine Ben Ali regime and indifference from French politicians and mainstream media, French bloggers and twitterers are now aware that France has been living in a prolonged state of denial. The resounding silence of the French government and long complicity with the Ben Ali regime are now questioned at last.
Written by Hisham
On January 14, 2011, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali abruptly fled the country he ruthlessly ruled for more than two decades. The people of Tunisia took to the streets to celebrate the dawn of a new independence. The euphoria rapidly gave way to fear about the security situation. News spread about vandals rampaging across major cities, looting shops and homes and setting fire to properties and buildings. The sound of gun bursts echoed in the deserted streets of the capital city, while the Army deployed its troops around key areas in the capital, Tunis. The mood among citizens remained joyful. They formed vigilante groups to defend their families and properties. Some of those have been sharing their thoughts on their blogs.
Tunisia burst onto the news scene with its recent political upheaval and ousting of the president (pictured).
Tunisia’s revolt, which was triggered by the martyr Bouazezi’s self-immolation and helped overthrow the ?former? president, Zein Alabideen Bin Ali, carries many messages and lessons to be read and analyzed. It is an indicator of the direction of the political and humanitarian compass not only in Tunisia and the Arab region, but also across the globe ? for what has taken in place in Tunisia is a global event par excellence.