The protesters who toppled Tunisia's dictator weren't advocating sharia or Islamic law. They were calling for freedom, democracy, and multiparty elections. Across the Arab Middle East, the generation that is leading the protest against dictatorship does not have an Islamist character.
Tunisia's revolt rages on in protest town: News24: Africa: News. An authoritarian ruler has fallen but the resentments at the heart of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution are still burning in the poverty-stricken town where the first protests began last month.
There is a precedent in common between the events of Tunisia and the events of Lebanon at the beginning of 2011: it is the precedent of accountability and of insistence on non-impunity. There is the precedent of a popular uprising of a new kind for the Arab World, taking in the Jasmine Revolution the form of toppling the tyrant and insisting on taking to court those who were essentially responsible for oppressing the Tunisian people.
Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Tunisia's new coalition urged demonstrators to give it time to prove itself, as flags flew at half staff in honor of those killed during five weeks of unrest that led to the ouster of President...