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    True.
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    Update -

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    RT @bbclysedoucet: #Egypt #Morsi declares state of emergency & curfew in Suez, Port Said and Ismailia for 30 days
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    The original "soccer riots" were at best encouraged by the police and it was hardly an accident that the verdicts were announced to coincide with the anniversary of the spring of 2011. Now the army is on the streets in Port Said.
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    http://allafrica.com/stories/201309180115.html

    Tunisian journalists went on strike Tuesday (September 17th), one day after a reporter whose detention sparked an outcry was freed on bail.

    The arrest of journalist Zied El-Heni prompted media professionals to stage a sit-in at the courthouse on Friday, mount a Tunis rally on Monday and adhere to the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) call for a general strike on Tuesday.

    The action is the latest in a series of demonstrations by Tunisian reporters claiming free speech suppression by the Islamist-led government.

    "It's a victory for everyone who supports freedom of expression over those who, with the help of the judiciary, would like to suspend this freedom and settle their scores with people not willing to give it up," El-Heni told AFP after his release Monday.

    Last Friday, former SNJT president Neji Bghouri called for "launching an international campaign to highlight the condition of media in Tunisia". He also did not rule out the possibility of filing international lawsuits about violations of press freedom under the Ennahda-led government.

    El-Heni, a journalist for La Presse, was charged with accusing the public prosecutor of fabricating evidence implicating a cameraman in an egg-throwing attack on a minister.

    "The reasons for arresting El-Heni seem to be very weak and are completely unacceptable," SNJT Secretary-General Mongi Khadraoui said. "He accused some judicial entities of 'being loyal to the authorities' and of 'lacking independence', although most of the members of that sector are honest."

    "The arrest was made based on a law that has been cancelled since 1975, i.e. at the time the press code was issued," Khadraoui added. "Therefore, the arrest decision is void and illegal, especially as El-Heni's lawyers confirmed that the investigating judge read the decision from a piece of paper in front of him and didn't write it during the hearing in which neither El-Heni nor his lawyer was allowed to talk."

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    in the last week there have been two days of substantial and violent clashes between the youth and police in Tunisia over unemployment and lack of a future. The spark was, as 5 years ago, the suicide of a young man protesting his situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lord View Post
    Wiki article on Ghannushi. Sounds very cultured. His degree is in western philosophy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashid_Al-Ghannushi
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    After era in which pan-arab nationalism and socialism was pushed back from view by supposed radical islamism, I find it a avery encouraging start to the year to see the Tunisians en masse out on the streets for straightforward goals of social equality.
    AlgerianDude on twitter has provided these links for update on the situation there.

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    (french) http://nawaat.org/portail/

    (english) http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/01/01/tu
    This is one of the more solid and worthwhile analyses of "Arab Spring" I've read, although I don't agree with everything Cockburn writes, I think he as a point that the collapse of the USSR brought to an end, at least for a while, the potential for progressive revolutions.

    https://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n01/patric...-of-revolution
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    This is one of the more solid and worthwhile analyses of "Arab Spring" I've read, although I don't agree with everything Cockburn writes, I think he as a point that the collapse of the USSR brought to an end, at least for a while, the potential for progressive revolutions.

    https://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n01/patric...-of-revolution
    In fact, I don't think it is possible to understand the Arab Spring events outside the context of the post USSR period, in which the US and its Western/NATO allies have moved in to mop up areas that were not in their control during that multi-polar era (when the USSR inspired confidence in workers and practical supports to allies). States that had done a balancing act between West and USSR were all vulnerable.

    Disturbances erupted across North Africa in resistance to austerity / 'liberalisation', but were rolled over by the well-honed transitioning gambits / processes of the US in alliance with pro-capitalist (including Islamicists) layers in the region.

    There was no real political alternative put forward by the 'Spring' movements, in which different classes came together to express their frustration with the existing regimes/governments. The idea that the West was going to spend all that money on bombs without getting its post colonial pay back was always a delusion. So military dictators or jihadist militias are now ensconced.

    Shift of industry from the Middle East and North Africa to the Far East/China was also a factor, undermining the organised working class, which was the only group with potential to produce an alternative.
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    Interesting that Tunisia is leading what you might call the second/third phase of the Spring. Recent reports indicate little has changed in Tunisia. Tourism returning, but still French owned and managed, no change there.

    Maybe that is fuelling frustration? Second time around, already dumped the first post Spring government?

    It will be interesting if it has any effect..

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