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Q & A: What role did social media play in Tunisia’s revolution? | Posted | National Post

Q & A: What role did social media play in Tunisia’s revolution? | Posted | National Post | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
When President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia on Jan. 14, Tunisians declared victory and social-networking site Twitter went berserk with traffic. Soon after, Tunisia — where Internet penetration is roughly 35%, and where cell phone use is reportedly upward of 95% — joined Iran and Moldova on the list of countries that underwent...
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Tunisia’s revolution: ‘Twitter saved my life’ | Posted | National Post

Tunisia’s revolution: ‘Twitter saved my life’ | Posted | National Post | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia’s so-called Twitter Revolution is different than the Iranian and Moldovan ones that preceded it: Some say Twitter saved lives in Tunisia. There were tweets warning of sniper locations, tweets asking for blood donation, and tweets organizing protests. At least one man, known on Twitter as BulletSkan, says he...
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More cases of self-immolation in Egypt after Tunisia| News by Country| Reuters

More cases of self-immolation in Egypt after Tunisia| News by Country| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
* Other Arabs share anger about high prices, unemployment

* Two factory workers set themselves alight

* Mosques give sermons on the ban of suicide in Islam




CAIRO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Three more
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Early Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Early Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Last week's post about the increasingly draconian and desperate measures the Tunisian government was taking to censor bloggers, journalists, and activists online was rapidly made irrelevant by subsequent events. Over the next few days, Tunisian dicta...
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Tunisia Imam Says He Isn't Seeking Political Role - WSJ.com

Tunisia Imam Says He Isn't Seeking Political Role - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's best-known Islamic movement, said in an interview his long-banned group isn't seeking a role in the nation's transitional government.
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Robert Fisk: Tombs that bear witness to Algeria's Jewish tragedy - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent

Robert Fisk: Tombs that bear witness to Algeria's Jewish tragedy  -                    Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
"Do you want to see the Israelite graves?" the security guard asked me.
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Raining on the Tunisian revolution - thestar.com

Raining on the Tunisian revolution - thestar.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
No sooner had longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled his country after a 29-day popular uprising than the race of the naysayers began.
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After Tunisia: Why Egypt Isn't Ready to Have Its Own Revolution - TIME

After Tunisia: Why Egypt Isn't Ready to Have Its Own Revolution - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Copycat self-immolations have taken place in Egypt but few, even among the popular opposition movement, are rushing to take advantage of the north African revolution
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Arabs want change, not Islamism - The Globe and Mail

Arabs want change, not Islamism - The Globe and Mail | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Why did the West fail to support the Tunisian protesters? Ask the Algerians and Palestinians
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Tunisia: The Three Main Causes Of The Recent Riots | The New Republic

Tunisia: The Three Main Causes Of The Recent Riots | The New Republic | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
But Bouazizi is just a small part of a more complex story of longstanding discontent in this North African country. I recently spoke to several experts, who pointed to three main factors that contributed to what some are calling the “Jasmine Revolution.”
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BBC News - Tunisian PM Mohamed Ghannouchi pledges to quit politics

BBC News - Tunisian PM Mohamed Ghannouchi pledges to quit politics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's long-time PM Mohamed Ghannouchi pledges to quit politics after polls, amid calls for all figures linked to the ousted president to stand down.
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The Post-Tunisia World - By James Traub | Foreign Policy

The Post-Tunisia World - By James Traub | Foreign Policy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Last week's upheaval showed that citizens of the Arab world are willing and able to overthrow their dictators -- and the Obama administration has to figure out how it will respond when they do.
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Islamist movement at forefront of Tunisia's protests - Telegraph

Islamist movement at forefront of Tunisia's protests  - Telegraph | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's underground Islamic movement has emerged at the forefront of nationwide protests against its leadership and appears set to emerge as the strongest political force in elections.
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How Tunisia's Once-Suppressed Islamists Are Re-Emerging - TIME

How Tunisia's Once-Suppressed Islamists Are Re-Emerging - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ben Ali pummeled them into submission but secular Tunisia's Islamists are shaking off their fears and eager to participate in politics and elections
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Opinion | Crowd-sourcing Tunisia: separating electronic rumor from reality | Seattle Times Newspaper

Opinion |  Crowd-sourcing Tunisia: separating electronic rumor from reality | Seattle Times Newspaper | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia’s so-called Twitter Revolution is different than the Iranian and Moldovan ones that preceded it: Some say Twitter saved lives in Tunisia. There were tweets warning of sniper locations, tweets asking for blood donation, and tweets organizing protests. At least one man, known on Twitter as BulletSkan, says he is still breathing because of the social network. Indeed, in some ways, Twitter was used as a way to navigate the tumult on the ground.
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Tunisian government interrogates 33 from ousted president's entourage - CNN.com

Tunisian government interrogates 33 from ousted president's entourage - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's new government is interrogating 33 people from ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's entourage, a top official said Friday, while 1,200 others who have "spread terror among the population carried out unacceptable acts" have been arrested, according to state media.
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Tunisia: the burning man revolution - The Irish Times - Sat, Jan 22, 2011

Tunisia: the burning man revolution - The Irish Times - Sat, Jan 22, 2011 | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It took the death of a fruit seller in a small town in central Tunisia to spark the revolution that has sent President Ben Ali and his family into exile after 23 years in power
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Algeria takes steps to maintain calm (Magharebia.com)

Algeria takes steps to maintain calm  (Magharebia.com) | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An atmosphere of precarious calm has taken hold in Algeria. As the country is keeping a close eye on the unfolding developments in neighbouring Tunisia, authorities seek to maintain peace on the social front and prepare for any possible return to rioting.
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WPR Article | The Realist Prism: Applying the Lessons of Tunisia in Yemen

WPR Article | The Realist Prism: Applying the Lessons of Tunisia in Yemen | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The fall of Tunisia's President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is the latest
reminder of how difficult it can be to encourage
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Democratic hope blooms in West Asia - The Economic Times

Democratic hope blooms in West Asia - The Economic Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Events in Tunisia are of far greater import for West Asia, and the Arab world in particular, than the immediate fact of a people’s revolt forcing a head of state out of power.
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BBC World Service - News - Tunisia pilot hailed hero for refusing to fly President Ben Ali's family

BBC World Service - News - Tunisia pilot hailed hero for refusing to fly President Ben Ali's family | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Captain Mohamed Ben Kilani has been hailed a national hero after refusing to fly members of Tunisian President Ben Ali's family out of the country.
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Tunisia And The Lessons Of The Iranian Revolution | The New Republic

Tunisia And The Lessons Of The Iranian Revolution | The New Republic | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Some in the West have long argued that because of the lack of a viable liberal alternative, supporting authoritarian regimes in Arab countries is the only political choice against the Islamists. Now, in Tunisia, as people flood into the streets demanding democracy, we see that this is not the case. It was not the case in Iran in 1979 either, but the West was so invested in the Shah that it failed to strongly back the liberal opposition. We don’t have to repeat that error today.
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Guardian Focus Podcast: Tunisia's Jasmine revolution | World news | guardian.co.uk

Guardian Focus Podcast: Tunisia's Jasmine revolution | World news | guardian.co.uk | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A week after President Ben Ali fled the country he ruled with an iron fist, we ask whether the 'unity government' is just a new name for the old regime
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