It’s been just over a year since a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze, sparking demonstrations, revolts, and revolutions in the Arab world and beyond. Bouazizi’s despairing act, in the face of rampant corruption and a lack of economic opportunity, catalyzed the ouster of Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the dismissal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, and the toppling of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh may be the next to go. Throughout 2011, hundreds of thousands of people across the Middle East and North Africa braved tear gas, water cannons, beatings, and worse to demand greater freedoms and more rights. In Libya and Syria, the uprisings turned into civil wars that killed thousands. Emboldened by the so-called Arab Spring, frustrated citizens from Italy to Israel to India, from Chile to China have rallied to fight the power.
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