Notes from 31 May, 2017

Tunisia: “Lessons for a Small Place”

  • Ben Ali seized prime real estate along the coast, through shady legal and illegal means
  • Convicted of embezzlement of public funds; and smuggling of arms, narcotics, and archaeological objects
  • Tailors laws to enrich their friends and family and bankrupt the population – treated the country’s wealth as his personal property
  • Continuously promised a middle class in order to silence opposition, and never delivered.

(pages 13 – 15)

  • A lot of groups are vying for power and political recognition
  • Religious movement clamoring for a unification of church and state
  • Fighting Ben Ali throughout all of this

(pages 22 – 23)