How a man setting fire to himself sparked an uprising in Tunisia

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The Tunisian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Watching events in Tunisia over the past few days, I have been increasingly reminded of an event in 1989: the fall of the Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. Is the Tunisian dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, about to meet a similar fate? 

After 22 years in power, Ceausescu’s end came suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly. Read the rest of this entry »