KDK has asked why I haven’t posted anything on the insurgencies in Tunisia and Egypt. I haven’t posted anything because the truth is, I don’t have a clue what’s actually happening….
A quick scan of the news this morning on Al Jazeera and the BBC didn’t really further my understanding either. Much has been made of the influence of social media in this, but I think this might be overblown, although as a tool for organising protests and insurgencies, from student flying protests in England, to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, it certainly has an influence in how insurgencies function. Al Jazeera has even mentioned a small part played by the WikiLeaks disclosures in the uprisings.
Perhaps our correspondent in the UAE, Mr. Othman, can help us understand the situation and provide some insight? For the time being, I’m appealing to my ignorance as an excuse for not commenting, even though I do have a direct interest in what happens in Egypt and North Africa. I help organise the production and processing of chickpea and faba bean for export to these countries.