The anniversary of the Arab uprisings will be marked on Dec. 17, the day that Bouazizi, the young Tunisian fruit seller, doused himself with gasoline. Since then, his self-immolation touched the entire Arab World and has thus far dismantled three dictatorial governments in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Ethiopia also had its own case of self-immolation when Yenesew Gebre, who burnt himself alive in protest against political repression in his home town of Dawra, on 11/11/11. Analysts say, Ethiopia's own spring revolution is now heating up.
NPR's All Things Considered today had an interesting story about a Serbian activist named Srdja Popovic, who is credited with teaching non-violent struggle methods to end dictatorship around the world.