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Revolt spreads across the Middle East

01 February 2011
The battle for the future of the Tunisian revolution is continuing.

Statement on the Tunisian revolution

27 January 2011
The importance of the victory of the Tunisian masses is not limited to the successful overthrow of Ben-Ali, ending 23 years of dictatorship. The Tunisian Revolution refutes the arguments that had been disseminated by many right-wing intellectuals over the past few decades that the Arab masses are incapable of achieving revolutionary change, and that the times of revolution are over.

Can non-violent action bring about change?

25 January 2011
Can we beat the state with non-violent methods? This is the question that emerges in many mass movements and has come up most recently during the student protests and the Tunisian revolt.

Kick out Clegg & Cameron - Tunisia shows the way

25 January 2011
Students have led the fightback against the Tory coalition. Thousands of young people have poured onto the streets to battle student fees and cuts.

Tunisian trade unionist: ‘Our revolt inspires hope across the Arab states’

25 January 2011
Waves of anger generated by the Tunisian revolution continue to crash against the country’s battered ruling class.

‘People are discussing politics and poetry’

25 January 2011
Tunisian socialist Mohammed told Socialist Worker that his mother Sadiha and his aunt Khwala went to greet the "Liberation Caravan".

Tunisia: patterns of revolt

25 January 2011
The Tunisian revolution has dramatically interrupted what passes for normality in the Arab world. Despite huge economic inequality, the hated domination of US imperialism, and the occasional assassination, the region suffers from astonishing political stagnation.

Dictators everywhere are living in fear of Tunisian example

25 January 2011
The Tunisian revolution has given confidence to people everywhere to resist:

Eyewitness to the fall of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali to speak at London meeting

20 January 2011
A socialist from Tunisia who was present during the uprising which toppled dictator Ben Ali will speak. Professor Phil Marfleet, who has recently returned from Egypt, will talk about the situation across the Middle East.

Tunisia: workers can transform the world

18 January 2011
Revolutions often appear to come from nowhere. People living under a brutal regime who for generations have got on with their everyday lives—making a living, studying—suddenly revolt.

Permanent revolution: how to win liberation in the Middle East

18 January 2011
Hossam Bahgat of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said he was glued to the news from Tunisia.

Threatening the power of Arab rulers

18 January 2011
This is the first time in decades that the Arab world has witnessed an insurrection that brought down a dictator. The revolt started with demands for work, bread and water, but these soon merged with political demands for freedom and liberty.

Tunisia timeline

18 January 2011
1881: France invades and Tunisia becomes a French colony. Hundreds of thousands of Tunisians flee after a rebellion is crushed9 April, 1938: French troops open fire on independence demonstrators, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians20 March, 1956: Tunisia becomes independent after 75 years as a French protectorate. Nationalist leader Habib Bourguiba is named prime minister25 July, 1957: The monarchy is abolished and Tunisia becomes a republic. Bourguiba becomes president. US aid floods in19 July, 1961: Bourguiba demands that French forces leave their nava

Eyewitness to the fall of brutal dictator Ben Ali

18 January 2011
Mohammed, a Tunisian socialist living in London, flew to Tunis last week to take part in the mass protest that forced Ben Ali to flee the country. He spoke to Socialist Worker:

Mass protest topples tyrant

18 January 2011
Revolution sweeps away a hated dictator. Thousands fill the streets to celebrate their newly won freedom. The scenes sound like something from a history book. But this is Tunisia in January 2011.

Revolution in Tunisia: ‘We have the power’

18 January 2011
The revolution that is ripping through Tunisia has led to celebrations across the Arab world and beyond.

‘A lesson no Arab regime should ignore’

18 January 2011
Across the Arab world, millions of people suffer the same poverty, unemployment, soaring prices and oppression that lie behind the Tunisian revolution.

The new government will be weak

18 January 2011
The situation on the ground remains quite volatile. The flight of Ben Ali gave remnants of the old regime a platform to regroup—despite the fact that it was on its last legs—and they are trying to organise a counter-revolution.

Tunisian revolution topples tyrant - and panics Arab rulers

16 January 2011
Revolution has ousted the corrupt Tunisian leader President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Riots rock North African regimes

11 January 2011
Uprisings are shaking the authoritarian regimes of Tunisia and Algeria in North Africa.

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