Revolution in Egypt – and the Hypocrisy of the US and the West

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
2 February, 2011

For the United States and other Western countries, the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (which threaten to spread to other countries, including Yemen and Algeria) are something of a nightmare. Just as the authorities in these countries are struggling — and failing — to cope with popular uprisings, so too the United States and other Western countries are rudderless when faced with an undefined enemy — and make no mistake about it, the people of foreign countries are the enemy when their revolts against dictatorship threaten Western interests.

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Tunisian President steps down after violent protests

Map of Tunisia

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Channel 4

After two decades in power, the Tunisian President stands down in the face of violent anti-Government unrest across the country.

Jonathan Rugman reports on the crisis, from Tunisia.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has taken over from President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali on an interim basis after violent rioting spread across Tunisia, protesting against high unemployment, high food prices, and the President’s leadership.

The country is now under a state of emergency, and a curfew, with threats that anyone who breaks the curfew could be shot.

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