Many people have reached the point at which every uprising in Arab, Asian or African countries is being attributed to the U.S. Government, but few really look into the contradiction that such theory arises, as there are truly orchestrated uprisings and other uprisings which come from the true need of the people. With that in mind let's try to piece this together:
The common or official story is that Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire on December 17, 2010 in protest of the confiscation of his ware, the harassment and humiliation that was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides.We are to believe that this sparked the Tunisian Revolution, sparking deadly demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country. Undoubtedly this man has been a catalyst of the outrage that, eventually sparked the revolution. He was truly led to his actions by the continuous harassment by the police and suffered the great humiliation of being slapped in the face, spat at, and his produce cart tossed aside all of this in the middle of the street. Now, how many times have self immolates started a revolution? Because there are many examples of these types of actions in fact researchers have counted almost 100 self-immolations covered by the New York Times and London Times between 1963 and 1971. Most of these suicides occurred in the United States protesting the Vietnam War and Asia. In 1968 the practice spread to the Soviet bloc with self-immolation of Czech student Jan Palach.A particularly high wave of self-immolations in India has been recorded in 1990 protesting the Reservation in India. Also take note that there have also been self-immolation protests in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, and Syria. Now apart from very few exceptions no revolution has been sparked trough this form of martyrdom.
The cause of the revolution for me, in this particular case is money, big money and i will explain why. Islamic banking and financing are partnerships between customers and institutions, where risk and reward are distributed equitably. Partnerships, rather than corporations, are the key concept in collective Islamic business. Financing and investments are accomplished in this manner, as purchases and resales, with equity shifting over time between the institution and the client as payments are made or returns are recognized. Conversely, no individual is shielded from the consequences of poor judgment or bad timing. The Islamic financial and investment models have taken root in the West and begun to flourish, even as the financial underpinnings of large Western corporations collapse under the weight of unevenly distributed risks. Classic Islamic law details the manner of contracting, the types of transactions, the assignment of liability and reward, and the responsibilities of the parties in Islamic trade. Also the common practice of making money trough money without assets such as in the west is illegal for the Sharia Law. With this in mind we should also be aware of the following snippet of a leaked cable you can read at https://tunileaks.appspot.com/?p=18001
09TUNIS108 Date26/02/2009 01:59 OriginEmbassy Tunis ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header
"El-Matri said he is working with a British bank to secure funding for his port expansion project. He also received permission from the Central Bank at the end of January 2009 to open an Islamic bank."
Classified By: Ambassador Robert F. Godec for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
It should be noted that El-Matri is Ben Ali's son-in-law and that this snippet proves that he was going to open the first Islamic Bank in the Maghreb region. This of course brings me to believe that the watching eye of the U.S Goverment became concernerd over this type of bank, and subsequently decided to end it. This is of course becaue a Central Bank system was already active in Tunisia from 1958 and this newly created bank would conflict on policies sustained by the Central Bank. Also not only was Ben Ali forced to step back but also Taoufik Baccar ex-governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia who was replaced by Mustapha Kamel Nabli. Isn't it strange that the governor who issued the permission for El-Matri was also replaced. Of course now you can rest assured that there will never be a bank such as that planned by El-Matri. I leave to you the conclusion but in my opinion the Tunisian evolution was just a way to ensure the Tunisians will never be truly independent.Effinhome