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Falling Arab dictatorships and Israeli government panic

The walls are crumbling. The walls behind which dictators indulge in decadent opulence while "their" people are mired in wretched circumstance. The walls behind which "leaders" secretly sell -- for personal gain -- the rights of the people they claim to represent.

Across North Africa and the Middle East, across the Arab world, for decades dictatorship and deepening corruption, firmly supported by imperial powers, seemed beyond challenge. Today, once "stable" regimes are now facing a popular reckoning.

From the vantage point of Palestine, there are three new dynamics.

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We support the Tunisian struggle

Friday, January 14th 2011

The associations and organizations signing the present declaration strongly condemn the violent repression by the Tunisian government of the current demonstrations by citizens that the country is now witnessing. We stand with the far-ranging expressions of dismay and international solidarity to demand an immediate cease-fire by the government in Tunis. We support the legitimate demands of Tunisians for respect of their rights to dignity and their democratic freedoms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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A world of fear: Tracking 'terror' in Tunisia

Photo: Chasing Donguri/flickr

While I was visiting my family and friends in Tunisia this summer, I came across a new feeling, or maybe it is an impression -- a feeling or impression that I never encountered before in the country that is proud today to be called the sparkle of the "Arab Spring."  

I grew up there in the '80s. I remember seeing in people's eyes the fear of authority, humiliation, loss of dignity, the sorrow of poverty, suspicion, but I didn't see the "fear of terrorism." Even in the darkest hours of the country, during the '80s, when there were violent incidents attributed to Islamist militants, I didn't hear from people around me that they were afraid.

MAWO PUBLIC FORUM: Imperialists Hands Off Tunisia!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Location

Joe's Cafe
1150 Commercial Dr. at William St
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 16' 26.9652" N, 123° 4' 9.9912" W

MAWO PUBLIC FORUM
 
>> Imperialists Hands Off Tunisia!
Political Report from Two Women Organizers in Tunisia through Videoconference

Facilitated by: Janine Solanki – Co-Chair of MAWO &
Alison Bodine – MAWO Executive Committee Member
 
TUESDAY August 20
7pm
Joe's Cafe [In Large North Hall]
1150 Commercial Dr. at William St
 
Multimedia – Speakers – Discussion
 
For poster click:
http://mawovancouver.org/materials/posters/130820-Tunisia-forum-poster.pdf

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A participant's account of the World Social Forum in Tunisia

Photo: Amine Ghrabi / flickr

"This was like a dream come true," said a radiant Sossi Mohamed Sadek, a Tunisian second year engineering student who was one of the hundreds of local volunteers at the World Social Forum in Tunis. "To see our university overflowing with over 50,000 people from Africa, Europe, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East -- it was extraordinary. I came away with new ideas and new friends that will surely have a great impact on my life."

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The roundtable conversation begins.
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Blue Planet Project water campaigner Meera Karunananthan introduces the day.
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