By Nicholas Contompasis
"Today Tunisia’s head of security, Ali Seriati was arrested while the former President, Ben Ali is in exile in Saudi Arabia. The country is now attempting to put itself together and should announce on Monday who will be running the place and what direction it will take, Democracy or Police State.
People around the world should watch this transition and the way the world courts handle it. Human rights violations were a way of life in Tunisia under Ali and his henchmen. I’m sure after the dust settles evidence will emerge that will condemn many that ran the government for over twenty years.
This could be the first Muslim nation that would be put to the international test of human rights violations, but will it happen?
If the international community is so concerned with these violations, they now have their first test case of Muslim led rights violations. The ramifications are massive to countries like Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Algeria.
If the people of these Muslim countries know, all they have to do is take to the streets to overthrow their tyrant dictators, it will spread like wildfire and the failed leaders of these failed lands will hang by their balls in the noonday sun."
Tunisia: All Arab Dictators Are Shaking on Their Thrones – Left and Arab Voices on the Insurrection
By Dyab Abou Jahjah
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January 16, 2011 -- Abou Jahjah commentsتعليقات أبو -- The Tunisian revolution continues to dictate its own logic on all levels. After attempts by regime leftovers to spread chaos by several techniques (cars driving through the streets shooting at people and houses, randomly destroying infrastructure, etc.), the Tunisian people have organised themselves in committees that have spread all across the country in every neighbourhood and in every city and started patrolling the streets and protecting the people. Popular committees even chased the militias of the old regime and in one case in a shoot out a martyr fell and two militiamen were executed by the people.
There are reports of Israeli activity in Tunisia in support of the counter revolution, also of infiltrators sent in from Libya to sabotage. It is not clear yet if this is a pattern or independent isolated cases.
On the political level the leftovers of the old regime are still officially in power and they are negotiating with the fake opposition that always served as decoration for the regime. However, the popular committees and the trade unions and the real opposition are all working on changing this and translating the revolution into political effects.
I believe it will not take long before a political road map will be drawn towards preparing elections. It is important to note that elections according the old regime will not bring about change, so the real opposition and the people are demanding changing the constitution first and then going towards election.
The Arab regimes are shaking and the Arab people are euphoric even in places like Oman and the Emirates. On Twitter, the Saudi youth are also showing support to the Tunisian revolution and expressing shame for their country receiving the tyrant. The Egyptian regime is delaying measures that were planned to lift state [subsidies] for some basic goods, and Qadafi expressed his regret and said the Tunisians should have kept Ben Ali for life. Qadafi is clearly nervous about a real revolution on Libyan border unlike his own phony one.
On another level, the Egyptian opposition is now more convinced that the answer is the street and nothing else. This revival of the revolutionary ideal is universal all over the Arab world. In Algeria there are reports of three cases of citizens setting themselves on fire, one of them is reportedly dead. Egypt and Algeria are looking to be the two Arab countries with the most resonance of what happened in Tunisia.
Hezbollah saluted the Tunisian revolution and asked all Arab leaders to draw conclusions from it. Internationally, the French and the Americans issued statements that reveal a high level of hypocrisy. They always supported the old regime knowing very well of its nature as Wikileaks revealed and now they cannot sell us their so-called support to the people’s choices. They do not like to see revolutions unless they are orchestrated by the CIA and the CIA-financed NGOs like in Ukraine, Georgia and Lebanon. This is a real revolution and therefore they feel unsettled about it.