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11:13 PM on 01/17/2011
The social-economical situation in Tunisia is similar to that in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. The issue is the WEST (official administra­tions) supports these regimes and invest in these countries and would not name them dictators. It was funny that 5 days ago when the Brave Tunisians were still in the streets fighting for their Freedom, the French government offered to send police support to Tunisia to help Ben Ali silence the people! I admire Obama for speaking "early" in support of the people!
11:14 PM on 01/17/2011
I completely agree.
11:11 PM on 01/17/2011
Brave men and I hope they will be able to accomplish the change and bring freedom to their countries.
12:39 AM on 01/18/2011
you think committing suicide is "brave"?
02:01 AM on 01/18/2011
You have to live in one of these countries to be able to judge
06:32 AM on 01/18/2011
Forget living in they're countries. Just knowing how brutal death by fire is should be enough to show the character and/or complete desperation of these people.
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M Zahran Sallay
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10:17 PM on 01/17/2011
is it really neccessary to have an accompanying picture of the dead man with this article, never mind it being a screen capture?
09:31 PM on 01/17/2011
It would be interesting to know how many here in the US are taking their own lives because they have no job prospects.
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toocoolfoschool1234
Stab your television. Get a guitar.
09:36 PM on 01/17/2011
Things aren't bad in the US yet. They probably will be someday.
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Mizz Givens
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10:33 PM on 01/17/2011
Really? Did you ask one of the millions who have been out of work for a year or more?
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Horatio Nelson
I was born at a very early age . . .
09:37 PM on 01/17/2011
Only the famous suicides are reported here. For the remainder, it's pretty hush-hush.
12:42 AM on 01/18/2011
is it? got any documentation or support of any kind whatsoever for that theory?
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sue denim
09:18 PM on 01/17/2011
I'm old enough to remember the monks who set themselves on fire in the streets of Saigon in protest over American bombing. You bet it makes an impression.
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11:31 PM on 01/17/2011
Not to mention Jan Palach, the Czech who committed suicide by burning himself to death in Prague in January of 1969 to protest the Soviet Invasion in 1968. At least two others followed his example. It is memorable because it is so horrific. There was also a man in Chicago who burned himself to death to protest the war in Iraq.
06:04 AM on 01/18/2011
Good to see him remembered.
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09:16 PM on 01/17/2011
Is this a precursor to more suicide bombers? Or an alternative?

While a part of me hopes that this is a more effective alternative to suicide bombers - another part is horrified that any kind of life-taking is seen as necessary for reform or change.
09:05 PM on 01/17/2011
Some day to day experiences as a North African:
- Any administrative paper (birth certificate, passport, identity card..) can almost exclusively be obtained by bribing administrative officials. The amount you pay is based on your status and power. If you are someone important, not only do you not pay bribes but you end up not paying the legal administrative fees to process your document and your papers are issued on the same day. The closer you get to a nobody, the higher the price you pay , the longer the time you wait (sometimes months)
- Access to jobs even the most basic ones requires one the following: 1-Bribes, 2- Being from an important family, 3- Having something to offer namely sex (numerous of my women friends were asked to have sex if they wanted get a job) or connections for personal dealings (in the private sector, people like recruiting someone who’s father/uncle/cousin works for the equivalent of the IRS or in municipalities or other government bodies who could help the recruiter (not the company he works for) in his personal dealings.
Now, if you have the misguided idea of protesting peacefully (say in front of parliament) for your rights, you often receive the privilege of getting beaten up by the police. One of my second cousins who has PHD in computer science had his teeth broken and face busted because after 4 years looking for job he went to protest in front of parliament.
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09:37 PM on 01/17/2011
Thank you for a glimpse into that reality. Too seldom do people post comments that are as informative as yours.

Thank you.
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toocoolfoschool1234
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09:46 PM on 01/17/2011
thank your perspective Omar.
09:01 PM on 01/17/2011
Being a young north african adult from a country that is still considered by United States and the EU as a model for the region (I will let you guess which one), I have to say that the daily hardship, humiliations (In spoken Arabic, the word used is "hogra" to designate these small daily humiliations), lack of justice and ultimately hope, are hardest part to deal with in our country, notwithstanding the exotic beach paradise image Europeans and Americans had of your politicians call moderate countries.

What most foreigners (even the ones who live there) fail to understand about our countries, is the day to day treatment of citizens is degrading and dehumanizing. I know these words seem strong but I will give you some examples in my next post to give you a better understanding.

I am grateful to the Tunisians for having shattered the false image foreigner's had about our little paradises and for resuscitating our will to change our countries.
09:11 PM on 01/17/2011
Some day to day experiences as a North African:
- Any administrative paper (birth certificate, passport, identity card..) can almost exclusively be obtained by bribing administrative officials. The amount you pay is based on your status and power. If you are someone important, not only do you not pay bribes but you end up not paying the legal administrative fees to process your document and your papers are issued on the same day. The closer you get to a nobody, the higher the price you pay , the longer the time you wait (sometimes months)
- Access to jobs even the most basic ones requires one the following: 1-Bribes, 2- Being from an important family, 3- Having something to offer namely sex (numerous of my women friends were asked to have sex if they wanted get a job) or connections for personal dealings (in the private sector, people like recruiting someone who’s father/uncle/cousin works for the equivalent of the IRS or in municipalities or other government bodies who could help the recruiter (not the company he works for) in his personal dealings.
Now, if you have the misguided idea of protesting peacefully (say in front of parliament) for your rights, you often receive the privilege of getting beaten up by the police. One of my second cousins who has PHD in computer science had his teeth broken and face busted because after 4 years looking for job he went to protest in front of parliament
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09:32 PM on 01/17/2011
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you have a very oppressive Govt. I wish you courage and success.
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UmmKais
10:52 PM on 01/17/2011
Omar-thanks for sharing this, no matter how dark. I usually only follow Lebanon's news, which can be bad, no nowhere near as bad as the Maghreb as far as the rights of the citizens. Lebanese are really pulling for the region and hope that something good can come out of it.
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11:25 PM on 01/17/2011
I always follow Lebanese news and with all the outside interference in Lebanese politics, the Lebanese still have a good marge of freedom to advance to a better future. Peace!
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bbriani3842
400+ yrs of science & STILL no evidence for a god
08:58 PM on 01/17/2011
The downtrodden are seeking change. . .
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OtayPanky
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08:45 PM on 01/17/2011
Vietnamese monk Thich Naht Hanh led the charge of Buddhists doing the same thing in Vietnam during the war.
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Horatio Nelson
I was born at a very early age . . .
08:54 PM on 01/17/2011
As the corrupt regime at the time carried an American check book.
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OtayPanky
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12:07 AM on 01/18/2011
Absolutely.
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Forester
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08:45 PM on 01/17/2011
As a kid, I never forgot the image of the Buddhist monk Lam Van Tuc who self-immolated to protest mistreatment of Buddhists in Vietnam. It was surreal to see him in the lotus position, in a state of calm, burning in a street in Saigon. That act was actually quite successful in bringing attention, and improving their treatment by authorities.
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Ghoaster
The time is now
08:31 PM on 01/17/2011
Power to the people.
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Horatio Nelson
I was born at a very early age . . .
08:33 PM on 01/17/2011
Indeed.
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GirlInNYC
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08:29 PM on 01/17/2011
I should set myself on fire for the poor job market.
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bbriani3842
400+ yrs of science & STILL no evidence for a god
08:59 PM on 01/17/2011
I dunno know. . .with gas approaching $4.00/gallon, is it really worth it?
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DessLoch
Power to the sexy!
06:46 AM on 01/18/2011
Waste not - want not?
Wicked way to save a life;-)
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toocoolfoschool1234
Stab your television. Get a guitar.
09:38 PM on 01/17/2011
Keep looking and keep finding new ways to make yourself a valued asset. Things will probable be going downhill in America for the next century.