Lessons From Tunisia’s Past Crises Can Help Resolve This One

Lessons From Tunisia’s Past Crises Can Help Resolve This One
A demonstrator holds a sign reading, “poverty rises, starvations rises” during a protest in Tunis, Tunisia, Jan.23, 2021 (AP photo by Hedi Ayari).

As Tunisia marked the 10th anniversary of the removal of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14, people poured into the streets, defying a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. While every January brings some form of popular protest around the revolution’s anniversary, things are different this year. Last month’s milestone serves as a grim reminder of what democracy has not brought: jobs, social justice and an end to endemic corruption. And this year, the country is in the midst of twin crises: an economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and a deep political divide due to increasing polarization. Tunisians, often […]

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