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Archive for January, 2011

In Tunisia, It’s Far from Over

While the eyes of the world have been focused on Egypt, in Tunisia the security forces of the old regime have staged a counter-attack against democracy protesters.

The End of the Beginning

“On the ground [in Tunisia] today, a face-off is occurring between yuppies and proles: two revolutions, two forces on the scene.”

And in Other News

Yesterday’s dump of leaked documents by Al Jazeera shows just how weak and accommodating Palestinian negotiators have been over the last ten years in trying to reach a deal for the “two-state solution” with Israel.

Three Revolutions

There is not one revolution in Tunisia, but three: the revolution against the dictator, Ben Ali, which succeeded; the revolution for freedom of expression and new democratic institutions, which is ongoing; and a third revolution against the economic policies that created the social inequalities in the first place, which has not even begun.

One Down….

Congratulations to the people of Tunisia! The dictator has taken flight.