Unrest in the Arab World: interactive map and timeline

Unrest in the Arab World is a nicely presented interactive map and a timeline designed by CNN in which it details the significant moments in the Arab Spring.

The timeline begins in December 17, 2010 with a photo of the family of late Mohammed Bouazizi, who sets himself on fire, reading Al-Fatiha at his grave. The second event is in January 14, 2011 when the former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family fled the country.

Eleven days later, Thousands of Egyptian protesters take over many pivotal squares in Cairo, Alexandria, Mahalla and Suez.

The timeline continues through August 2011 , ending with a photo of Libyan rejoicing (at the moment NATO said that the capital Tripoli is no longer under Muammar Qaddafi control.

Along the timeline, they are links to news stories, opinion and analysis and pieces about key players and the faces of the unrest.

The map also divides the Arab countries into four categories or levels:

Civil war (such as in Libya)

Sustained violence (such as Syria and Yemen)

Protests (such as almost the rest of the region)

Post-revolution as in Egypt and Tunisia

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Also have a look over the Economist’s table about the Arab spring death toll.

SINCE the Arab uprisings began in Tunisia last December, details of each one—plus the related government crackdown—have been widely reported by the world’s media and the protesters themselves. But it is tricky to make accurate calculations of the number of lives lost. The death toll in Libya has proved particularly difficult to determine. Groups such as Amnesty International that gather casualty figures have been unable to operate in some parts of the country and both the rebel forces and Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s government tend to inflate the numbers killed to bolster their causes. Beyond Libya, though, humanitarian groups are still able to record reported deaths. Our table lists the number of lives lost in the five countries that have seen the worst violence since the protests began. Yet since official figures only reflect recorded deaths, the true numbers are likely to be a lot higher.

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One response to “Unrest in the Arab World: interactive map and timeline

  1. All I know is that I am ecstatic that the rebel movement were victorious in the war. Ghaddafi is gone at last and Libyans can now move into the next chapter in history! Leah Gibble in French Guiana

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