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The Network of… troubled Arab leaders

The news is ablaze with stories of riots in various Arab countries; Kipp takes a look at those leaders who have suddenly found themselves facing the wrath of the people.

January 26, 2011 4:40 by

‘2011 could be the Middle East’s 1989′ read the BBC this week. It is referring, of course, to the current mass political riots across the Arab World, which all started in Tunisia when Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old unemployed graduate in the central town of Sidi Bouzid, set himself on fire after police confiscated the fruits and vegetables he was selling without a permit.

Bouazizi’s act of desperation sparked off weeks of protest, toppled Tunisia’s dictatorial president and resulted in contagious unrest in various countries in the region, causing the leaders of those troubled nations to find themselves in Kipp’s rather unusual and unfortunate network: Arab leaders facing their own angry people. Kipp takes a quick look at six men of power that we don’t envy at this point of time.


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