Pro-Democracy Uprising Fails to Keep Washington From Backing Tunisian Dictatorship

Zunes, Stephen
January 2011
Foreign Policy in Focus;1/13/2011, p1
The author comments on the demonstrations in the Tunisia and their implications to the U.S. foreign policy. He believes that the lack of stricter nonviolent discipline led demonstrations to riots and increased repression. He adds that U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton is more concerned with the U.S.-Tunisia relation instead of commending the latter's nonviolent pro-democracy movement. In his view, the U.S. supported the repressive regime of Tunisian dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali when Congress proposed 12 million dollars in security aid to Tunisia.


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