If you care about truth, please read on…


Recently I have switched the focus of my blogs to politics – democracy and freedom- as it relates to leadership, or lack of. The world as we know it, has taken a turn for the worse, or the best, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live in.

I have just searched for Tunisian Jasmine revolution on Google, and in less than 3 seconds I have available to me over 3200 articles, from over 145 countries. I have spent the last 4 hours reading many from around the world. I looked at Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and others. I found, most, if not all, incomplete and based on unsubstantiated reporting. I doubt many have reporters on the scene, and some might not be able to point Tunisia on a world map. One Finnish newspaper spoke of the self immolation of  Sidi Bouzid. While Sidi Bouzid itself, is a victim of burning, it is a city not a person.

My point is that I grew up in Tunisia, was in Sidi Bouzid just a few months ago, and in Tunis when the economic and social unrest broke out in mid December 2010.

These more recent blogs are my own attempt to provide insight and analysis from the point of view of a local person. While I do not pretend to know how it feels to be out of a job, out of hope, living under the oppressive regime of Ben Ali, I am in direct contact, on a daily basis, with others who are. My own family included.

Finally, as a disclaimer, I would like to say that I too, while a university student in Tunis, was a victim of the Ben Ali brutality and indiscriminate torture methods. Physical and emotional scars I will always carry with me, and still, will try to be objective about what I see, feel, and share with my readers.




  • lotfisaibi  On May 16, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Thank you for your input and interest.
    Lotfi Saibi

    • Top Myers  On July 4, 2009 at 11:57 am

      The race goes to not the smartest nor the strongest but to the ones that adapt so said Charlies Darwin. My friend I watch you adapt and survive and I now understand it is by continually trying to understand the enviornment in which you operate.

  • Joy Abdullah  On May 18, 2009 at 2:13 am

    My personal thanks for your post. In today’s commercial times, it’s rare to have the remmnant of a individual willing to help another selflessly.
    Thank you, for reading why your post is different, provided me with a ray of hope (for now).
    It is said, ‘failure is success because you get to practice”.
    Thank you.

  • anissa  On March 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Appreciated your point of view !

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