In this hardscrabble corner of southern Tunisia, near the Algerian border, «Jasmine Revolution» seems a misnomer for the popular uprising that ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Jasmine suggests the middle-class villas in greater Tunis, their outer walls covered with sweet-scented vines. «Jasmine Revolution» suggests intellectuals, artists and professionals bringing a police state to its knees by marching arm-in-arm.
Tunisia indeed has a large middle class, and educated, relatively well-off Tunisians played a key role in toppling the regime. But in Qasserine and several surrounding cities that consider themselves the cradle of the revolution, the story has been more about blood than jasmine.… Seguir leyendo »