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Arab Spring One Year On: What Happened, What Changed?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2011

One year ago today, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in Tunisia. It was a personal protest that had huge ramifications not only for his homeland, but the entire region. This was the incident which triggered the demonstrations that spread from Tunisia into Egypt, Libya, Syria and beyond. This was the start of the Arab Spring.

At Bouazizi’s funeral 5,000 marchers chanted: “Farewell, Mohammed, we will avenge you. We weep for you today, we will make those who caused your death weep.”

For all their passion, no one expected what happened next: 12 months of intense protests, violence and revolution across North Africa and the Middle East, which brought down governments and resulted in thousands of deaths.

But 12 months later what has the impact really been? Which governments have fallen, which are on the brink – and which, if any, are stronger than ever? Was the Arab Spring really a movement – or was it always an invention of the press?

And with protests breaking out in Russia, Greece, China and even New York throughout 2011, as well as in the Arab world, has the spirit of the Spring spilled become a truly global phenomenon?

IN PICTURES: A Photographic History Of The Arab Spring

ARAB SPRING TIMELINE: How The Arab Spring Unfolded

As the Arab Spring marks a year of protest, we look back at what happened, and what changed.

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Party That Was Banned For Decades Wins First Free Tunisian Elections

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 28, 2011

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party Ennahda, banned for decades, emerged the official victor in the nation’s first free elections, taking 41.47 percent of the vote and 90 of 217 seats in an assembly that will write a new constitution, the electoral commission announced Thursday.

The announcement of final results in Sunday’s landmark voting capped an ebullient period for this small North African country, which inspired the Arab Spring as it moves toward democracy after more than a half-century under one-party systems.

However, protests linked to the party placing fourth in Sunday’s voting erupted in and around Sidi Bouzid, the town where the uprising that drove this North African nation’s strongman from power.

The leader of Areedha Chaabiya, or Popular Petition party, Hachemi Hamdi, announced on national television that he was withdrawing the 19 seats his party won after the electoral commission invalidated six of its lists.

The results carried other surprises, like the second place, and 30 seats, won by the Congress for the Republic party, founded in 2001 by noted human rights activist Moncef Marzouki, a doctor who had lived in exile in Paris.

The third-placed party was the center-left Ettakatol, or the Democratic Forum for Labor and Freedoms, led by Mustapha Ben Jaafar, also a doctor. It won 21 seats in the constituent assembly.

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Tunisia Elections Milestone For Arab Spring

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 26, 2011

TUNIS, Tunisia — No matter what the results, Tunisia’s landmark election was a monumental achievement in democracy that will be a tough act to follow in elections next month in Egypt and Morocco – and later, in Libya.

In just five months, an independent Tunisian commission organized the first free elections in this North African nation’s history. The ballot attracted 80 parties offering candidates, drew a massive turnout by impassioned voters and was effusively praised by international observers.

“I have observed 59 elections in the last 15 years, many of them in old democracies … and never have I seen a country able to realize such an election in a fair, free and dignified way,” said Andreas Gross, a Swiss parliamentarian and the head of the observer delegation for the Council of Europe. “I was elected in Switzerland on the same day in elections that were not much better than here.”

Tunisia’s success, however hard to replicate, is a milestone for the Arab Spring, the wave of popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East that have overthrown long-serving leaders and are changing the face of the region.

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Medvedev deserves Nobel Prize for Libya peace process – Tunisian FM

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 19, 2011

According to the Russian president’s special envoy in Africa, Mikhail Margelov, the idea of nominating Dmitry Medvedev for the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating in the Libyan conflict belongs to the Tunisian foreign minister, Muldi Kefi.

Margelov shared the news with Russian journalists during a media briefing in Moscow on Saturday. Margelov said that the Tunisian authorities are certain the Russian president justly deserves the reward “even today” and “to a greater extent surely than US president Barack Obama, who got his Nobel in advance,” less than a year after entering office.

Awarding the recently inaugurated American president Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 sparked hot public debate worldwide, with the reasoning and phrasing of the award causing a great deal of headscratching.

Since February 2011, when the civil war started in Libya, Russia has consistently stuck to a neutral position. Then, once Moscow established contact with the rebels’ National Transitional Council in late May, Russia offered to become an intermediary power to settle the conflict in Libya.

Mikhail Margelov returned to Moscow on Saturday after his official visit to Libya where he held talks with both the pro- and anti-Gaddafi sides. In the course of negotiations, Margelov stressed that Moscow intends to send humanitarian aid to both sides.

He also said that both sides were willing to talk, but the Alliance should first stop its airstrikes:

“Tripoli is expecting to see an immediate ceasefire before a peace process can begin. It’s also refusing to discuss the departure of Colonel Gaddafi from the political scene. There is a dialogue going on between the warring sides, but for those talks to bring any results, Tripoli says its ceasefire must be put in place and international mediators in to keep regulating the process. One thing is clear: Russia is very welcome as a mediator, both in Tripoli and in Benghazi. We will keep working together.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Gaddafi Says Libya Ready For Ceasefire Provided NATO ‘Stop Its Planes’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 30, 2011


Let’s create “win win situation”
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Libya War: U.S. Military Plane Crashes, Two Crew Members Ejected

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2011


Does this indicate something? Most probably.
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Stalemate Feared In Libyan Conflict

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2011


This problem must be sorted out as soon as possible. Otherwise it could create unexpected problem to the world.
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For Obama Administration, Libya Could Erase Gains From Egypt

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 18, 2011


The political war now enters into Internatio­nal level.
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Bahrain’s King Declares Martial Law

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2011


He did the same as every other ruler does.
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U.N. Claims 1 Million In Libya Will Need Emergency Aid

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2011


Gaddafi said that people love them and there was happening nothing against him. Finally he invited NATO that is no good.
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Ban Voices UN Readiness to Help Tunisia Hold Credible Elections

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 1, 2011

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for support for the establishment of an inclusive interim government in Tunisia, telling the summit of the African Union that the United Nations is willing to help the North African country hold credible elections.

“We at the United Nations will be pleased to help the people of Tunisia freely choose their leaders through timely and credible elections,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Civil unrest forced Tunisia’s president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, to flee the country earlier this month as people took to the streets in often violent protests reportedly against rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leila Trabelsi, Former Tunisian First Lady, Family Despised By Nation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2011


It is already kind of general rule all over the world that responsibi­lity / post directly proportion­al to mafia.
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New Leader In Tunisia Calls For A Unity Government

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2011

Tunisia’s new interim president called for the formation of a coalition government as riots and unrest continued to grip the North African country.

It was another tumultuous day in Tunisia’s capital, marked by gunshots, helicopters flying overhead and a fast-paced series of political changes for this normally staid North African country.

Just hours after hardline president Zine El Abdine Ben Ali fled the country, Tunisia swore in a new, interim leader. He is Fouad Mebazza, the former head of the lower house of parliament. He has ordered the creation of a unity government that includes members of the opposition.   The Tunisia Constitutional Council, which swore in Mr. Mebazza, says the new leader has 60 days to hold new presidential elections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tunisia Revolution News (Latest Updates)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 15, 2011


Congratula­tion and wishing all the best with new president!
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TUNISIA From Revolution To Freedom

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 15, 2011

The overthrow of Tunisian President Zine Al-Abedine Ben Ali is a sign of political ferment both in Africa and in the Islamic world, fed by economic distress, political repression, and young people with the tools — including mobile phones and Internet — to make changes.

Special request: Be careful as some scenes very dreadful

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