Tunisia’s Unfinished Revolution: From Dictatorship to Democracy? by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 11, 2013


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On January 14, 2011, Tunisia’s 23-year long dictator Ben Ali fled the country he ruled over in the face of a popular uprising which began the previous month. Tunisia represented the spark of what became known as the ‘Arab Spring.’ Over two years later, Tunisians are back in the streets protesting against the new government, elected in October of 2011, now on the verge of collapse as ministers resign, protests increase, clashes erupt, violence flares, and the future remains unknown.

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Tunisia, Shousha – We are dying slowly

U.S. Out of Libya

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Dandelion Salad

 on Jul 14, 2011

Since the start of the Libyan conflict in February, over 250,000 of people have passed through the Ras Ajdir transitory camps, located at the northern Tunisia-Libya border.

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Pepe Escobar: The Hijacking of the Arab Spring Protests, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds


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by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
May 21, 2011

Pepe Escobar returns to our show to discuss the ever-changing, constantly-shifting, and holes-filled script in the US raid that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden. He reports on the news accounts on the Arab uprising in Egypt and the rarely reported realities of the Libya War, the conflicted responses of the United States to the uprising in Egypt and Libya versus those in other places such as Bahrain and Tunisia, and the hypocritical stand on Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Speech on the Middle East and North Africa + transcript

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Propaganda Alert!

Power of the people

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by Barack Obama
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
State Department, Washington, DC
May 19, 2011

Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark — one million frequent flyer miles.  (Laughter.)  I count on Hillary every single day, and I believe that she will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State in our nation’s history.

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The Truth About Libya By J. Brett Whitesell

By J. Brett Whitesell
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Come The Revolution
May 12, 2011

US, Keep Your Hands Off Libya

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It would be impossible for anyone to discuss the ongoing revolution/war in Libya without talking about many of the events prior to February 17th. To say Greece, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, and Yemen have no influence over the Libyan revolt would be unimaginable. However, with Libya there are some major differences, specifically the new players involved. The U.S. along with France, Great Britain, and an Arab Coalition are involved under the auspices of a U.N. resolution for a “No-Fly Zone” over Libya to protect its citizens. Why would the West suddenly get involved now with Libya than with previous revolts? What then, was each about and how did they really affect the Libyan insurgency. Lastly, who, surprisingly, was not involved in the uprisings themselves?

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Is the World Too Big to Fail? + The US does not care about Pakistan By Noam Chomsky


By Noam Chomsky
April 21, 2011

Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum in 2003...

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The Contours of Global Order

The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces — coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of thousands in support of working people and democracy in Madison, Wisconsin, and other U.S. cities. If the trajectories of revolt in Cairo and Madison intersected, however, they were headed in opposite directions: in Cairo toward gaining elementary rights denied by the dictatorship, in Madison towards defending rights that had been won in long and hard struggles and are now under severe attack.

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. Imperialism and Fake Democracy + transcript

Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Updated: Mar. 30, 2011 Added link to the transcript.

on Mar 15, 2011

Noam Chomsky (2011.03.13) – Amsterdam Westerkerk

Noam Talks About Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi, Bahrain, Iran, US Imperialism & Fake Democracy

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IMF Rates Up Dictatorships Just Before Revolutions By Michael Collins


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By Michael Collins
The Money Party
March 3, 2011

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) made an embarrassing error just two days before the start of the Libyan people’s revolution on February 17.  This quote from an IMF country study appeared in a previous article: “The outlook for Libya’s economy remains favorable.”IMF Feb 15 This advice was 180 degrees off target.  The Libyan economy has ceased functioning as protests and popular demands imploded the Gaddafi regime. (Image)

Further investigation unearthed a specific pattern of positive IMF endorsements for each of the nations experiencing popular uprisings that are sweeping the region.  When the IMF blesses a nation’s progress for conforming to the economic policies underlying globalism, watch out! There is a popular rebellion in the wings.

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Will Tunisia Transition from Tyranny into Democratic Despotism? by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 15, 2011

Part 1: America’s Strategic Repression of the “Arab Awakening”

Part 2: Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution?

North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 3

It has been a month since President and dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, sparking the civil disobedience and protests that have since resulted in the fall of one of the Arab world’s strongest and most long-lasting dictators, Hosni Mubarak. Yet, where does Tunisia stand today, and where is it headed in the future?

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America’s Strategic Repression of the “Arab Awakening” by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 10, 2011

North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 2


In Part 1 of this series, I analyzed the changing nature of the Arab world, in experiencing an uprising as a result of the ‘Global Political Awakening.’ Ultimately, I assessed that these could potentially be the birth pangs of a global revolution; however, the situation is more complicated than it appears on the surface.

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Noam Chomsky: This is the Most Remarkable Regional Uprising that I Can Remember


Chomsky at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegr...

Chomsky at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegre) in 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Egyptian masses against the U.S.-backed Mubarak regime + The Global Revolution Has Arrived

Next #Egypt protest 1 pm Sat Feb 5 @UN Plaza #...

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LeiLani Dowell, Workers World managing editor, speaking at the Workers World Forum Jan. 28, 2011 in New York.

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Noam Chomsky: Both parties have moved to the right


English: A portrait of Noam Chomsky that I too...

English: A portrait of Noam Chomsky that I took in Vancouver Canada. Français : Noam Chomsky à Vancouver au Canada en 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UTactivities | January 27, 2011

Noam Chomsky’s Lecture at the University of Tennessee. January 25, 2011 in Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Brought to you by the University of Tennessee Issues Committee.

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Roots of the Egyptian Revolutionary Moment + Egyptian and Tunisian People vs US Dominance


TheRealNews | January 29, 2011

Ezzeldin: Egyptian uprising is the product of years of worker’s strikes and student protests – now inspired by the Tunisian people

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Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution? by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 28, 2011

North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 1

For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive… The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… The worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening… That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing… The nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious passions. These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still perches…

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