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.