On December 18, 2010, the first protests of what became the “Arab Spring” took place in Tunisia. The Arab Spring was a series of populist protests against governments across the “Arab world”—Arabic-speaking countries in North Africa and the Middle East.Tunisians were driven to protest by the suicide of Mohamed Bouazizi. Bouazizi was a street vendor who set himself on fire to protest abuses of power by local officials and police. News of protests and protesters was shared through social media, especially Twitter. A year later, demand for government reform had spread to Algeria, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Bahrain, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Protests in Djibouti, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Israel were also associated with the Arab Spring.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry abuse Verb
to treat wrongly, or in a harmful way.
Arab Spring Noun
(2010-ongoing) demonstrations and uprisings supporting democracy throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
extreme, harsh, or cruel.
civil war Noun
conflict between groups in the same country or nation.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
to forcibly remove from power.
local, state, or national government organization for law enforcement.
person or idea that supports grass-roots democracy and activism.
protest noun, verb
demonstration against a policy or action.
reform noun, verb
change or improvement of a policy or process.
social media Plural Noun
online means of communication used by people to develop social and professional contacts.
intentional taking of one's own life.
someone who sells something.