Photo by Talel Nacer, used with permissionOn January, 14, 2011 thousands of protesters gathered near the Interior Ministry building in Tunis calling for the fall of the regime of dictator Zeine El Abidine Ben Ali. Later on the same day, Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.
Author unkownA powerful message from “the occupied city of Kafar Nabel”, Syria.
Photo by KrikOrion, used with permissionEven though Lebanon has not witnessed a revolution in 2011, the Land of the Cedars was highly affected by the developpements and turmoil in the area. But for Lebanese it’s the high cost of living that is haunting them the most. Following each wage increase by the government and even before the plan is approved by parliament, prices soar tremendously.
Photo by Jillian C. York, used under a CC license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Palestine: “Marching United Towards Freedom”
Copyright Shohdi Al-Sofi, used with permissionThe peaceful massive marches of Yemen which never stopped throughout the year are a testimony of Yemenis’ steadfast and resilience and prove ultimately, like the billboard reads, that “victory is to the people”.
Picture posted on Twitter by @almaknaThe above photograph, shared by @almakna on Twitter, shows the number of areas reportedly tear gassed by the Bahrain authorities in one night. On that particular day, I myself choked on the tear gas, spending the night and the following day sick and closely followed tweets and complaints by Twitter users from across the country.
Picture posted on Twitter by @SanabisVoiceThis photograph, from the Sanabis Voice, shows empty teargas canisters, collected from a small area, in one day. Such photographs are found in abundance online, shared by netizens on social networking sites, and tell a story that has been recurring for 11 months - a story not much of the world cares about.
Picture by rouelshimi, used under CC license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)January 25, the first wave of protesters go to Tahrir square. It’s the dawn of the revolution.
Copyright Amine Hachimoto. Used with permission.The little girl looking up at this Moroccan Superman pausing in front of the parliament seems to be wondering if he can fly. Maybe he’s an ultra-nationalist trying to make a point? Or maybe he’s a supporter of the pro-reforms group February 20? It doesn’t really matter. Because behind this amazing photo by Amine Hachimoto lies a new reality in Morocco: 2011 is the year when the street has become the theater of nonviolent political expression. Something that is likely to continue in the years to come.