An introduction

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Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Monday, January 17, 2011

Unsorted notes on

Robert Fisk
The Arabs used to say that two-thirds of the entire Tunisian population – seven million out of 10 million, virtually the whole adult population – worked in one way or another for Mr Ben Ali's secret police

[doh: so what kind of recrimination can they look forward to? Truth and reconciliation? Look at how stasi files are still and issue in Germany, 20 years on]

More Fisk
the "unity" government is to be formed by Mohamed Ghannouchi, a satrap of Mr Ben Ali's for almost 20 years, a safe pair of hands who will have our interests – rather than his people's interests – at heart.

Also: Amelia Andersdotter on the internet aspects. She also raises the prospect of Tunisia becoming a francophone outsourcing destination (not that there's a shortage of those

Justified boosterism

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