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[Ben Ali] and his regime have lost touch with the Tunisian people. They tolerate no advice or criticism, whether domestic or international. Increasingly, they rely on the police for control and focus on preserving power. And, corruption in the inner circle is growing. Even average Tunisians are now keenly aware of it, and the chorus of complaints is rising. Tunisians intensely dislike, even hate, First Lady Leila Trabelsi and her family. In private, regime opponents mock her; even those close to the government express dismay at her reported behavior. Meanwhile, anger is growing at Tunisia’s high unemployment and regional inequities. As a consequence, the risks to the regime’s long-term stability are increasing.
And so it continues, painting a deeply unflattering and bombastic image of Tunisian leaders and their minions. It is embarrassing – sure. But it is also positive: the more attention drawn to Ben Ali’s shambolic political posturing, the more pressing the need for change. To date, the abrogations of human rights in Tunisia has been swept under the souk-bought tourist rug. This cannot be the case any more: Tunisia has potential – it just needs the right leader.
The internet is blocked, and censored pages are referred to as pages "not found" – as if they had never existed. Schoolchildren are exchanging proxies and the word becomes cult: "You got a proxy that works?"
We all know that Leila has tried to sell a Tunisian island, that she wants to close the American school in Tunis to promote her own school – as I said, stories are circulating. Over the internet and under the desks, we exchange "La régente de Carthage" [a controversial book about the role of Leila Trabelsi and her family in Tunisia]. We love our country and we want things to change, but there is no organised movement: the tribe is willing, but the leader is missing.
The corruption, the bribes – we simply want to leave. We begin to apply to study in France, or Canada. It is cowardice, and we know it. Leaving the country to "the rest of them". We go to France and forget, then come back for the holidays. Tunisia? It is the beaches of Sousse and Hammamet, the nightclubs and restaurants. A giant ClubMed.
And then, WikiLeaks reveals what everyone was whispering. And then, a young man immolates himself. And then, 20 Tunisians are killed in one day.
Sometime around noon, in the two-lane street in front of the governor’s high gate, the vendor drenched himself in paint thinner then lit himself on fire. A doctor at the hospital where he was treated said the burns covered 90 percent of his body. By the time he died on Jan. 4, protests that started over Mr. Bouazizi’s treatment in Sidi Bouzid had spread to cities throughout the country.
On Jan. 14, the president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fled the country.
The self-immolation of a 26-year-old Tunisian man a month ago that set off a popular uprising is inspiring similar acts of gruesome protest across North Africa. In Algeria, four men have set themselves on fire in the last week, and one man in Egypt and another in Mauritania did so on Monday. They appear to be evidence of how deeply the ouster of Tunisia’s autocratic president has captivated nearby countries, where citizens have limited opportunities for free expression or political participation.
Statements made by officials about the prospects of about their interpretation of what took place in Tunis. They would have to protect themselves because they feel the cause of the revolution in Tunisia has the same circumstances of poverty, of unemployment and of dispossession in Egypt and many other Arab countries. Therefore, the Arabs are one nation in a way on a popular level; maybe not on the governmental level, but it becomes infectious. The language is the same. The political language is the same among those, who are dispossessed, marginalized and have suffered exclusion in the past. Now, they are being empowered and this empowerment is definitely going to be infectious. It's going to have problems in several areas. It's going to have situations where they might be repressed yet the success of what is taking place in Tunisia today is definitely resonating with the people and civil societies in various Arab countries.
This revolution is no secret. This revolution has opened a new era in the Middle East. It signals the beginning of the end for all tyrants Middle Eastern regimes. This is the first time a popular revolt has succeeded in toppling the leader of the regime. Though the regime hangs on a bit through the prime minister now, the fact remains that this revolution has succeeded in toppling dictator Ben Ali and as such gave hope to the rest of the region that this is the way for liberation. At the same time, this sent a shockwave to the other dictators sitting in Egypt and Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria and [the countries] across the region.
There is no secret that there was a meeting in Algeria with Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef with a security officer in Algeria and John Brennan, so-called expert and counselor on counter-terrorism for US President Barack Obama. They met in Algeria to plot how to undermine and to steal away this revolution in Tunisia.
The first glimmerings of internet liberalisation were evident in Tunisia this weekend. CNN reports that filters on popular sites such as Facebook and YouTube have been lifted, and this appears to have led to speedier access speeds across the local internet. Whether this is enough to placate a populace enraged by years of cronyism and a government crackdown on unrest that has left scores dead is quite another matter.
Recent press reports about the continuing adventures of WikiLeaks assure: 1) that this phenomenon will not go away anytime soon; 2) that the definition and role of media is changing in warp speed; 3) and that the virtue of whistleblowers is in question.
Originally posted by starless and bible black
Julian caused this? LMAO. Sure he did. And how, exactly, is this nwo drone going to help bring down tptb here in the states? Answer, he isn't going to. He is status quo.
julian is 'mildly annoyed that people cling to conspiracy theories involving 911'.
He said it. Why can't his cult members understand the natural ramifications of this?
Business as usual.