So Tunisia Goes, So Goes the ME?

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    So, Tunisia rather famously started this domino effect across a variety of countries in the ME... Egypt, Bahrain, Lybia, and the domino effect continues.

    What next?

    Let's take a look at how things are going in Tunisia....



    A few hundred metres from the main mosque in the heart of Tunis’s old quarter lies Abdallah Guech Street, a red-light district which has thrived since the 19th century. Here, the Ottomans legalised and regulated prostitution — as they had in much of the rest of the Muslim world.
    Uniquely, though, in the Arab world, the tradition in Tunisia endured. Every one of the country’s historic quarters boasts bordellos; even, most remarkably, Kairouan, Islam’s fourth holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.
    In keeping with Tunisia’s deep-rooted secularism and unprecedented championing of Muslim women’s rights, the prostitutes carry cards issued by the Interior Ministry, pay taxes like everyone else and enjoy (along with their clients) the full protection of the law.


    Read more: Sex, brothels and the REAL tyranny threatening the Arab world | Mail Online

    Tunisia has a well educated, very secular society. Much like Egypt. It's a wonderful country.... and now, sadly, it's falling to radical Islamists. And Egypt is teetering on a similar scenario.

    So, to those posters who mocked us as 'nay-sayers' and 'fear mongers' for speculating about how this would turn out.... what say you now? Still confident that the ME is gonna nurture the democracy that it's people wanted?

    For the record, I hope that it does. But, those of us who live in the real world, know things often don't turn out the way we hope.
     
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    Granny says ya better watch out fer dem technocrats - dey'll shoot ya...
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    Tunisian PM says will form small technocrat government
    6 Feb.`13
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    Tunisian opposition leader killed amid tensions
    6 Feb.`13 — A Tunisian opposition leader critical of the Islamist-led government was gunned down as he left home Wednesday in the first assassination in post-revolutionary Tunisia, setting off anti-government riots that left downtown Tunis choked with tear gas and patrolled by armored vehicles.
     
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    Exasperated ruling party quits Tunisian gov't. paving way for Islamists...
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    Tunisia: President's party quits government
    Feb 10,`13 -- Tunisia's political crisis entered a new phase Sunday with an announcement that Cabinet ministers of the president's own party are quitting the governing coalition, which could force the ruling Islamists to compromise with the opposition.


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    Clouds gather over bellwether Tunisia
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21402778 - Ennahda supporters come out to rally behind their party in Tunis
     
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    Be careful what you wish for because what you may get could be worse than what you had.

    In the rush of western nations jubilation of the mass uprisings it was generally assumed the people would embrace the western conception of government and rights. The failure to recognize the power vacuum that exists when a government falls and the home based Islamic radicalism that exists in North Africa and the Middle East was just a part of the problem. The people were not ready for democracy, if they ever will be, and the bribery, religious doctrines, tribal pettiness and other factors will continue to keep them controlled by a strongman. That strongman may be one leader, a religious dogma or crime lords.

    To assume that these people will rise up and install a democratic government and for it to last is without getting hijacked is fantasyland.
     
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    Jebali resigns as Islamic extremism threatens to take over Tunisia...
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    Tunisia's Prime Minister Resigns
    February 19, 2013 - Tunisia's prime minister resigned Tuesday amid a political crisis stemming from the assassination of an opposition political figure.
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    Fears Grow of Islamic Extremism in Tunisia
    February 18, 2013 — Tunisian opposition groups continue to blame the assassination of party leader Chokri Belaid on extremist Muslims known as Salafists. They accuse the ruling Ennahda party of encouraging religious violence - a charge the government denies. But no matter who might be behind Belaid’s death, there is growing fear among moderate and secular Tunisians that extremism is on the rise.

     
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    Another Tunisian opposition leader assassinated...
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    Tunisians Protest After Opposition Leader Assassinated
    July 25, 2013 > Protests have erupted in Tunisia after the killing of outspoken opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi outside his house in the capital, Tunis, the second political assassination in the country this year.
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    TUNISIA: SAME WEAPON IN BOTH POLITICIANS' KILLINGS
    Jul 26,`13 -- Tunisia's Interior Minister says the same weapon used to assassinate a leftist politician Thursday also used in an assassination in February.
     
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    Arab Spring heatin' up in Tunisia again...
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    THOUSANDS PROTEST GOVERNMENT AT TUNISIA FUNERAL
    Jul 27,`13 -- Thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a funeral march to lay to rest an assassinated Tunisian opposition politician, a display of the anger threatening the survival of a government once seen as a model in the region for the transition to democracy.
     
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    Army seals off Tunis square after rival protesters clash...
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    Party in Tunisian ruling coalition demands new government
    29 July`13 - A secular party in Tunisia's ruling Islamist-led coalition demanded a unity government on Monday to defuse a deepening political crisis, hours after the army sealed a square in the capital where protesters had clashed.
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    Tunisia to Hold Elections by Dec. 17, Says PM
    July 29, 2013 > Tunisia's prime minister says the government will not step down despite opposition demands. He also promises to finish the constitution by October and hold elections on Dec. 17.
     

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