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I feel that many of us are watching Revolution 2011 sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East in very much the same passive manner as we watch a weather report map. Our citizen journalists on the ground are sending tweets and our leaders are expressing concern, but there is very little analysis on the causes of such spontaneous combustion. Was it the after-shock of Obama’s Cairo speech in 2009? Was it a yearning for liberty that we are told we all share in our bosoms? Was it decades of corruption from tyrants who oppressed their people and mismanaged their economies? Is religion playing a role? “Probably” is an answer to all of the above, but still, the question should be asked: Why now and not five years ago? It couldn’t just be because of a Tunisian market trader. It’s food security stupid.

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EurActiv Network