Arab Leaders Fear Unrest in Tunisia Will Spread

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Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRANDON TWICHELL You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy...
Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRANDON TWICHELL You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy The revolution in Tunisia might spread across the Middle East -- or that’s what Arab leaders fear. Protests against governments have already taken place across North Africa. Arab leaders claim to have everything under control -- while taking steps to quell any discontent. We’re looking at coverage from Sky News, PBS, Al Jazeera, and the Los Angeles Times. A reporter for Sky News says Arab leaders should be fearful of the unrest spreading. “The factors that led to this unrest--the unemployment, rising prices, enormous corruption, and they way the ruling family, the elite, has really hijacked the economic liberalization of the country for its own benefit, really plundered the assets of the country--all those factors are, to a certain extent, greater or lesser played out across other regimes in other countries.” A former Middle East reporter tells PBS News Hour the people most likely to protest against regional governments -- are the youth. “The majority of Arab citizens are younger than 30, and the majority of them have known no other leader than the current dictators who run the Arab world. So what I’m seeing when I look across the Arab world is a very youthful population that has been energized and empowered by watching their fellow youth of Tunisia go out on the street and say no.” The Arab League’s secretary general notes the dangers of unrest spreading, but says Arab leaders still have everything under control. “What happened in Tunisia will affect the rest of the Arab world. Contrary to what is said about the Arab world being in disarray, the Arab community is one. It’s a cohesive community. Every nation affects the other. This is why we are all monitoring developments with great interest.” And the Los Angeles Times reports some nations have already started taking actions to prevent unrest in their respective countries. “Kuwait is dispensing food coupons and grants to its citizens. Jordan has offered a $230-million package to create jobs and help ease the burden of rising commodity prices. Egypt has promised the benefits of its economic changes will begin trickling down to the working class and poor.” Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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