Political Unrest in North Africa and the Middle East: An Interactive Map

By Sara Sorcher & Brian McGill
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Last updated: Libya, Yemen, and Syria.


Coalition forces launched strikes against Libyan targets on March 19 to carry out the United Nations resolution authorizing "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan citizens from Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces. Meanwhile, revolts varying in scale continue in various countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Political opposition groups and street protesters organized by social networking sites are challenging regimes in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, The Democracy ReportLibya, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, and even China. The catalysts for revolt are common: restricted liberties, rising food costs, and high unemployment. But the size of the protests and the force of resistance by the government vary by nation. Click a country on the map to learn more about the stability of the surrounding nations and the leaders who may be next to fall.


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