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    Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

    HAMMAMET, Tunisia — The police on Thursday all but abandoned this exclusive Mediterranean beach town — haven to the capital’s rich and powerful — as rioters calling for the ouster of Tunisia’s authoritarian president swarmed the streets, torched bank offices and ransacked a mansion belonging to one of his relatives.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/wo...isia.html?_r=1

    It looks like the oppressive and brutal regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is finally getting what it deserves. And unlike in other countries that seemed primed for revolution, the protesters actually seem to be winning.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    This is good news. I've been to Tunis, beautiful city.

    Here's the problem though, revolutions sometimes falter, in the way that, sure they could over throw the government, but who's to say whatever government takes their place isn't just as repressive. Especially since you'll be turning many years of status quo on its head over night, which sometimes leads to repression even after a revolution has occured.

    The issue also will be how will a new government be formed, should the rioters win? Will it take the form of an Islamic Republic. If so, would that not take a repressive nature as well?

    Anyway. This is all wild speculation and theory.

    VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

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    State of emergency declared in Tunisia - Government dissolved

    It was less than 24 hours ago that Tunisia's President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali appeared on national televison in response to weeks of protests in the country.

    The president announced that he would not be standing for re-election in 2014 in a bid to appease those angry at the apparent lack of political freedom in the country as well as high unemployment levels.

    But today the capital once again saw confrontation between the police and demonstrators calling for the president to go.

    There have now been further dramatic developments. BBC's Adam Mynott reports from Tunis.
    BBC World Service - Africa - State of emergency declared in Tunisia

    Woohoo. Go Tunisia's people. But please don't turn into a military dictatorship which may happen


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    Re: State of emergency declared in Tunisia - Government dissolved

    PM replaces Tunisia president

    Tunisia's long-standing president has left the country amid violent protests and the prime minister has taken over control of the government from him.

    "Since the president [Zine El Abidine Ben Ali] is temporarily unable to exercise his duties, it has been decided that the prime minister will exercise temporarily the [presidential] duties," Mohammed Ghannouchi, the Tunisian prime minister, said on state television.

    Ghannouchi is now the interim president.

    He has vowed to respect the constitution and restore stability, and has called on citizens to "maintain patriotic spirit ... in order to brave through these difficult moments".

    He also vowed to carry out inflation and unemployment redressal policies "exactly" as they had recently been announced by President Ben Ali.
    PM replaces Tunisia president - Africa - Al Jazeera English


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    Re: State of emergency declared in Tunisia - Government dissolved

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    It was less than 24 hours ago that Tunisia's President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali appeared on national televison in response to weeks of protests in the country.

    The president announced that he would not be standing for re-election in 2014 in a bid to appease those angry at the apparent lack of political freedom in the country as well as high unemployment levels.

    But today the capital once again saw confrontation between the police and demonstrators calling for the president to go.

    There have now been further dramatic developments. BBC's Adam Mynott reports from Tunis.
    BBC World Service - Africa - State of emergency declared in Tunisia

    Woohoo. Go Tunisia's people. But please don't turn into a military dictatorship which may happen
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    Thousands of European Tourists have been evacuated in the last 48 hours...
    and tyrants throughout the Middle East are quaking in their boots.

    I started an analysis string in the Africa section this morning.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    The President has fled the country.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    This is good news. I've been to Tunis, beautiful city.

    Here's the problem though, revolutions sometimes falter, in the way that, sure they could over throw the government, but who's to say whatever government takes their place isn't just as repressive. Especially since you'll be turning many years of status quo on its head over night, which sometimes leads to repression even after a revolution has occured.

    The issue also will be how will a new government be formed, should the rioters win? Will it take the form of an Islamic Republic. If so, would that not take a repressive nature as well?

    Anyway. This is all wild speculation and theory.

    VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
    you know the same food price increases they're seeing over there, we're seeing here. does this mean you support revolting against our government?
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    That's probably good for the 3000 British tourists still there. Now they just have to hope the airport is reopened before they get shot at.
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    Re: Tunisian Rioters Overwhelm Police Near Capital

    Here's the scary part of this.

    Much of this is simply a food riot. People are hungry, unemployed, and going stir crazy.

    A third consecutive poor global food harvest is expected this year. Prices will go up.

    Oil is breaching $100 per barrel. Food is more expensive to transport, so prices will go up further.

    The global economy is already hurting many people, who can doubly not afford for prices to go up.

    Too many things are coming together the wrong way. Expect food riots to increase across the globe, possibly even in America.

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