11:50 pm in Uncategorized by Sebastos
The Tunisian Revolution has been compared to the storming of the Bastille and the fall of the Berlin Wall; its repercussions are already being felt in Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Sudan, and Yemen. The head of the Arab League has warned Arab heads of state that they might be next if they don’t clean up their acts. Yet the Tunisian Revolution continues to be grotesquely underreported in the U.S. news media, including the mildly left-leaning media such as MSNBC — and on Firedoglake. Only in the foreign media — especially, and unsurprisingly, Al Jazeera — has it been given the prominence that it must have in our minds if we are to understand what drives events in the world of 2011, and not be eternally surprised by them.
As one step toward rectifying this lamentable state of affairs, I’ve compiled this very preliminary first version of an annotated bibliography on the Tunisian Revolution, comprising 43 items. It makes no pretense to completeness (even with regard to events that have already occurred). Currently the main sources are Al Jazeera and WikiLeaks.
Al Jazeera has a “Spotlight on Tunisia” portal:
as well as a “Spotlight on Algeria” portal to cover unrest there:
The total number of diplomatic cables available through WikiLeaks is enormous, but there are apparently only 10 WikiLeaks cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, all available from the following page:
It is my hope that this annotated bibliography will make it easier for us to give the Tunisian Revolution the level of attention that it deserves. The section on “Repercussions Outside Tunisia”, in particular, will reward close scrutiny.