Since mid-January, North Africa and the Middle East have been gripped by revolutionary fever.
Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down on Jan. 14 following a month of violent demonstrations over worsening economic conditions, corruption and political repression. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak followed suit on Feb. 11, after more than two weeks of protests. And the uprisings have spread from there.
If there is a starting point to all this anti-government action, it was when a Tunisian fruit vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in early January after police seized his goods. He later died.
Bouazizi's act has touched off a wave of demonstrations in the region against autocratic governments, high food prices and unemployment.
Originally posted by coyotepoet
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I wasn't saying it that way. I think the threads are different enough, especially with your use of cool visuals. I was merely adding my 2 cents to yours. I don't care either way, as long as the info is out there somewhere.