ON December 17, 2010, young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in front of the local governor’s office in an ultimate attempt to denounce corruption and injustice in his country. This act of despair triggered the Arab Spring. Eight years later, despite the government’s sustained efforts, corruption seems to be more prevalent in Tunisia than it was under former president …
Parallels have been drawn between events in Algeria and the “Arab Spring” which swept through North Africa from 2011. The uprisings led to the overthrow of three authoritarian regimes: Tunisia’s Ben Ali, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
A genuine and inspiring people’s revolution, powerful yet so far remarkably peaceful, perhaps a second Arab Spring, has been unfolding in Algeria.
Today, both Sisi and the Egyptian people are in a considerably less jubilant mood. Food is more expensive than ever, and inflation still running at more than 20%
Many Tunisians feel that the promise of democracy has not trickled down, and as an increasing number attempt the dangerous sea journey to Europe.