For those of you who have sobered up and are not hungover *ahem*, Nesrine Malik has a good piece on how protests in Tunisia, which erupted after an unemployed man set himself on fire, relate to the greater Middle East:
There are few moments in the political atmosphere of the Middle East that fill me with genuine pride. While eyes have long been fixed on opposition movements in Iran and Egypt, suddenly Tunisia has provided one of the most inspiring episodes of indigenous revolt against a repressive regime.
Following the self-immolation of an unemployed man, riots and demonstrations have swept through the country.
Lebanese journalist Octavia Nasr wrote on Thursday: “I never thought this day would come. Certainly not in Tunisia. To be quite honest, out of the Middle East region, I thought such a rebellious act would come from Egypt where the opposition to President Mubarak’s regime is so fierce and vocal that public demonstrations of anger and dismay have become a routine.”
|Post to del.icio.us|
Filed in: Current affairs,Middle East