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Not a Happy New Year for All

As many of us prepare to take a break to celebrate the new year, things may be different for so many people around the world. The Ammeri family in Tunisia will end 2010 in mourning and sadness. Their 18-year old son Mohamed is no longer with them, dead after being allegedly shot by the anti-riot police in Menzel Bouzaiene during this past weekend. At the same time, in neighboring Algeria, riots broke out in Diar Echems, Oued Ouchayah and Baraki near the capital where thousands have been protesting about the misery of their housing conditions and a relocation program gone arye. And so as we close the year, North Africa’s economic gains and growing money reserves seem to serve no clear purpose for the general public and the average citizen. Discontent is widespread and authorities continue to miss the point. Their longer-term survival, historical legacies and the way history will judge them will be linked directly to the performance of the economy under their watch, not just in terms of GDP growth measurements and daily statistics that the IMF likes to rehash but in terms of improving basic living conditions of those they govern. ...
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Army seals off Tunisian town after fatal violence [Video]

18-year old protestor Mohamed Ammeri was killed and others injured when Tunisia's police opened fire on protesters in Menzel Bouzaiene over the weekend. The state-controlled news outlet TAP says the police were forced to use their weapons in self-defense after "a group of individuals set ablaze a railway engine and set fire to three National Guard vehicles before raiding the city's National Guard station."...
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