Tunisia: A Wikirevolution?

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Tunisian demonstrator throws a rock during clashes with security forces on Mohamed V avenue in Tunis on January 14, 2011. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty)

Secret documents leaked to WikiLeaks describe "persistent rumors of corruption" as fueling frustration with Tunisia's government. Tunisians have already been frustrated with their repressive leadership, but these documents may have helped to incite the current protests. Reporter for The Guardian, Ian Black, says that it is significant that these protests have forced the current president to announce that he will not seek another term in 2014.

Black explains that a "regime that has made that kind of concession may be forced to make a lot more."


Ian Black

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Luis Cesar Nunes from Rio de Janeiro

Now everything is explained. So that was why the U.S. is adopting a position very close to China's Internet-related issues. The biggest fear the U.S. is that the democratization of information access generate diplomatic "awkward" like this one. After all America has always been the biggest supporters of authoritarian regimes in the world. These events Tunisians - serve as displays for the populist democracies, which rely on economic indicators of development, can produce disappointing results for pro-American governments that do not meet the demands of the people.

Jan. 15 2011 09:59 PM

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