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Middle East Protests

Middle East Map

Updated April 18, 2011. Credits

Text: Korena Di Roma

Design: Shawn Greene

Development: Stefan Estrada

Iraq Iran Jordan Lebanon Syria Saudi Arabia UAE Oman Yemen Qatar Kuwait Morocco Algeria Tunisia Libya Egypt Bahrain

Country-by-Country Overview

In December 2010, a young street vendor's desperate act of protest sparked an uprising in Tunisia that ended with the forced resignation of the country's longtime leader. The successful revolution inspired popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, toppling the government of Egypt and leading to armed conflict in Libya. Income inequality, high youth unemployment, and autocratic rule are often the key ingredients that fuel unrest.

Click on a country to get a snapshot of its standings.

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