Tunisia: Checking In on the Jasmine Revolution

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Steven Cook, senior fellow for the Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations, and Borzou DaragahiLos Angeles Times Beirut bureau chief, discuss what's happening on the ground in the Tunisian capital and what it means for the rest of the Middle East and North Africa.


Steven A. Cook and Borzou Daragahi

Comments [11]


@ asdf: why do you think that Jews/Zionists/Israelis should be blamed? I dont get your point at all...!! This was a "homemade" revolution that took everyone by surprise even the police state of the dictator!

@herb e from NYC: yes on both! In the southern part of Tunisia there is an island called Jerba, which has the oldest Synagogue in the region and the oldest Torah and thousands of Jews go to TN on a pilgrimage every year!

Jan. 19 2011 11:50 AM
marjorie hirsch

Your guests on the Tunisian issue were clear, informative, and sensitive to the subtleties of the situation. You, on the other hand, were like a dog with a bone -- the bone being the Wikileaks phenomenon. You have a tendency to project a black and white film of a situation, hanging on to your own biases and visions of a particular issue. You've got to ask the right questions -- not just those that reflect a "popular" assumption, or your own idea. Fortunately, today your "experts" transcended the parochial tenor of your questions.

Jan. 19 2011 10:41 AM
john from office

Brian, will you now back off your statement that no one has died because of wikileaks. You admire this criminal event soo much. What will you say when the proposed bank leaks effect some of your sponsors.

Beware what you pray for or admire.

at least 100 people have died in Tunisia

Jan. 19 2011 10:23 AM
Dave from Brooklyn

First democracy in the modern Arab World?? What about Lebanon? What about the Palestinian Authority?

Jan. 19 2011 10:20 AM
Monder gegachi from NYC

The wikileaks cables, face book, and the Tunisian youth has brought the government down.

Jan. 19 2011 10:18 AM
Maggie from Brooklyn

It is unlikely that Egypt will rise up in the same way, but even it did, the US would not support the people. Mubarak is their man, and the prospect of a genuinely free election too scary to our government. What if the Moslem Brotherhood won?! Quite a moral dilemma.

Jan. 19 2011 10:17 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

There have been some reports in the international media that this chaos may, paradoxically, be used by religious extremists to establish an islamic dicatorship....that al-Queda elements are participating for their own ends. What is the chance of this hijacking by anti-freedom forces?

Jan. 19 2011 10:14 AM

It's obvious as to why other Arab powers are watching this closely.

But does anybody know if there has been an official position taken yet on this "revolution" by China's leadership?

I'm sure it is watching closely too. Hu's visit to the US is a good time to ask.

Jan. 19 2011 10:07 AM
Fafa from Harlem

Wondering what part the U.S. played in this - overtly or covertly. Can your guest provide a blow-by-blow account of what led to Ben Ali's exit? Self-immolation is dramatic indeed, but it alone does not usually lead to regime change...Thanks.

Jan. 19 2011 10:04 AM

I'm finding it extreeemely strange that the Jews/Zionists/Israelis are not being blamed by displaced Tunisian arab leaders for the situation in which they find themselves.

This is the near perfect situation to cast such suspicions.

Any thoughts as to why this hasn't happened yet?

Jan. 19 2011 10:04 AM
herb e from NYC

Is Tunisia friendly to US, Israel?

Jan. 19 2011 09:10 AM

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