Since we’re discussing international matters and intra-national strife today, I thought rounding up a few links on the political activity going on in Tunisia would be a good idea. I am embarrassingly ignorant of the Maghreb, but the unrest there has already spread to Egypt, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East, and I’m not seeing a lot of MSM attention.
So, first, for a run-down-in-a-nutshell, I’d recommend this piece from Dreams of a Typewriter.
Then, for a little more in-depth look at Tunisia, check out this article from The Nation. I especially appreciate this paragraph, as to why I’ve heard so little about the foment, despite it having gone on for a month already:
The initial lack of interest by the American press in the Tunisian protests may have something to do with the fact that there was no Islamic angle: the Tunisians were not trying to oust an Islamic regime, nor were they supporters of a religious ideology. In other words, this particular struggle for freedom was not couched in simple terms that are familiar to the Western media—Islam, bad; America, good—so it took a while for our commentariat to notice.
Lastly, since we do feminism here, and I heard a tiny slice of a story on NPR about Tunisian women’s role in these protests, I’d point you towards this article from The Australian, which does a little bit of the “Islam, bad” stuff, but is worth reading, because a democratic uprising against a (relatively) benevolent dictator might not end with net gains for women.
If you have other quality links about Tunisia, Egypt, or Yemen, please drop them in comments and we’ll try to get them through the mod queue in short order.