Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Egypt and Tunisia have become more corrupt, as a result of the Arab Spring.

On 4 December 2012, Transparency International produced its annual Corruption Perceptions Index

Egypt has fallen six places to 118th out of 176 countries.

Tunisia has fallen two places to 75th

Levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings have increased.

Egypt slips in corruption index due to Arab Spring

Tunisian troops fire tear gas at protesters

On 1 December 2012, it was reported that Tunisian security forces, using armoured personnel carriers,  fired tear gas and live rounds,  to try to disperse thousands of protesters in the town of Siliana.

There have been several days of clashes over economic hardship.

Tunisian troops fire tear gas at protesters - Yahoo! News

"Siliana will be the graveyard of the (Islamist) Ennahda party" the protesters shouted.

Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on 30 November 2012, that the authorities must stop using firearms against demonstrators.

Medical sources say 17 have been blinded. 

On 5 December 2012, we read: "It was an unprecedented moment. The presidential palace in Cairo under siege, the police close to losing control.

"President Morsi had to be hustled away for his own safety.

"Nothing similar happened, even in the protests against former President Hosni Mubarak last year."

Egypt crisis: Morsi opponents vow to continue protests

In Egypt, "the poverty rate has considerably increased, as it has reached an average of 25.5 per cent."

Poverty rate rises in Egypt, widening gap between rich and poor ... - Ahram Online-29 Nov 2012

"Rising food and fuel prices and a drop in foreign currency reserves are making it harder to Egyptians to put food on the table, causing the level of malnutrition to rise in the country." 

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