Dominoes falling in the Arab world
By Hamid Golpira
The dominoes are beginning to fall in the Arab world, and it all began in Tunisia.
A series of street protests in December 2010 and January 2011 led to the ouster of Tunisia’s former president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14.
The events in Tunisia have set off a chain reaction across the entire Arab world as citizens of Arab countries have been inspired by the Tunisians’ people power movement.
Major demonstrations have been held in Yemen, Egypt, Algeria, and Jordan, and there have been smaller demonstrations and minor incidents in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Oman, Sudan, and Libya.
A demonstration was held in Jordan on January 14 in which protesters demanded that Prime Minister Samir Rifai and his cabinet step down.
After demonstrations in Yemen, on January 23, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced that he would step down when his current term expires in 2013.
Over the past week, the demonstrations in Egypt have gained steam every day, and it appears that President Hosni Mubarak may have to step down.
The situation has been compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which led to the collapse of communism in the Soviet satellite states of Eastern Europe.