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The Tunisian Revolution, Wikileaks, and Social Media

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According to media reports, the Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country under mounting public unrest. He reportedly has arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after being denied entrance to France. As the events unfold in Tunisia, the country is just beginning to fill the vacuum left by Zine El Abidine, who ruled the country for 23 long years. The northern African nation could very well be claimed as the first causality linked to the phenomenon of Wikileaks. The social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter also seem to have played a role in galvanizing the unrest. Events in Tunisia represent a wake up call for the rest of the Arab and Islamic world, where the gulf between the rulers and the people is ever widening.

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