Tunisian Revolution Shakes, Inspires Middle East – Cole in Truthdig

My column is out at Truthdig on the wider repercussions in the Middle East of the Tunisian events, “Tunisian Revolution Shakes, Inspires Middle East”.


‘The spectacle of masses of demonstrators pouring down Bourguiba Avenue on Friday, overwhelming security forces and putting the president to flight, raised the hopes of the dispossessed and the downtrodden, even as it inspired a gathering dread in the breasts of the region’s dictators and absolute monarchs.’

Read the whole thing.

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  1. Professor Cole,

    Regarding the protests in Jordan, 3000 is a substantial number of people but hardly a significant proportion of the population. Would you say that antipathy towards the government is growing? And does it extend to the monarchy?

    • Jordanians are ordinarily not allowed to demonstrate at all, and there are high costs to doing so, so any demonstration there is noteworthy in some way.

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