December 18, 2013

The Arabs, Three Years After Bouazizi

Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The Associated Press

When Bouazizi, a fruit and vegetables peddler, set himself alight in the rural Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid on Dec. 17, 2010, his spontaneous act comprised a combination of protest, self-assertion and defiance that resonated instantly and widely across the entire Arab world. It launched a series of rolling protests and revolutions that have morphed into wars and chaotic conditions in some countries, and slow constitutional transformations in others.

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TAGGED: Egypt, Middle East, Arab Spring, Tunisia, Mohammed Bouazizi


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