From ‘Facebook Revolution’ to ‘Twitter Jihad’
Pacific Standard - 12/17/2015
On December 17, 2010, a 26-year-old vegetable vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in front of a provincial government building in Tunisia. It was a bold, dramatic act of defiance, and it touched off cascading protests across the country and region. Since those early days of the Jasmine Revolution and the swift exiling of its longtime dictator to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia has seen a rocky but still-imperfect democratic process unfold. In October, the Nobel Committee awarded its key civil society groups the Peace Prize for steering the country away from an impending civil war.