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The Wikileaks Revolution Continues

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posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 02:38 AM
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Wikileaks: The Tunisian Revolution




(A video grab shows a fire at a residence said to be owned by a member of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's inner circle. By Clotilde Gourlet/AFP/Getty Images.)

Back in November, Wikileaks released cables pertaining to conversations held between Tunisia and the US State Department. Discussed were the rampant human rights abuses then-President Ben Ali subjugated the population to.




[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.


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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.


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Discontent for the reigning leadership at the time was already beginning to hit boiling temperatures, but when Julian Assange released "Tunileaks" to the public, finally did the good people of Tunisia decide to stand against their oppressors.


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.


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Freedom Burns Pure





What began the actual revolution throughout the county was the self-immolation of a man named Mohamad Bouazizi back on December 27th. Clashes between demonstrators and the government continued off and on for over a month, leading to the successful overthrow of the Tunisian dictatorship.


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.


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The power of the message sent by the self-immolation of Mohamad Bouazizi has captivated the North African region. Since the Tunisian Revolution, several other people in countries such as Algeria and Egypt have set themselves alight in opposition to the autocratic control over life their governments posses.




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.


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Indeed, the spirit of true revolution is beginning to kindle across many Arab nations feeling the oppressive finger of their respective leaders continuing to press down upon them. So far the official death count in Tunisia is over 20 people, and there is no telling if, how, or when similar resistance movements will take place or how violent they will become.


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.


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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.


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The Wikileaks Revolution Continues





It is no secret what kind of effect Wikileaks has had on alternative media up until this point. Despite what you think about Julian Assange, whether you are a supporter or an opponent of the alternative media outlet, not even George Soros himself could imagine the effect of a few Tunisian embassy cables could have on an entire geo-political region. However many questions remain unanswered at this time. What will be the extent of the damage of these cables across North Africa? Will countries in similar positions heed the call of their brethren's cries freedom? Will intervention come in the form of UN/Western military aid to these countries to try and circumvent possible uprisings, or will this only serve to keep the newly sparked flame of liberty alight?

It is important to take note of the events currently unfolding in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere at this time. In countries with significantly less of a 'social safety net' than the United States, the effect of these Wikileaks cables is profound. Perhaps as the state of Western Society continues to deteriorate will future cable releases have the same effect here at home.



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.


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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.


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posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 02:44 AM
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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.



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 02:52 AM
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from the first couple of lines i think the USA should shut up and point that finger back on them selfs. Corruption dislike of the president and being out of touch with the people also using the police and law to keep its citizens in line sounds more like our own government. The funny thing is I'm American and hearing them condemn another nation for actions it does to its own people is the most retarded thing i have ever heard its almost like they trying to take attention off them selfs. But i will be honest here and say i only read the first paragraph or so but in truth i really think they should be more worried about corruption among their own ranks as even the American people are getting tired of it.



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 01:50 PM
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Recipe for better government:

A tree
Some rope
Example bodies (effigy works)

Maybe start at wall street then work our way south...

But I'm sure our "non-police state" would respond quick...



posted on Jan, 23 2011 @ 01:59 PM
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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.


You are right on about this, I can't prove it, but remember, Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them", not their 'leaked' government cables.
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