Throughout 2011, the Arab world has been in upheaval, with citizens demanding rights and overthrowing long-established dictators. This theme looks at both sides of the regional conflict.



Mohamed Bouazizi

publication date: Friday, September 23, 2011

category: Humanitarianism

clue: set the world afire

explanation: Bouazizi's self-immolation in protest of mistreatment by Tunisian authorities in December 2010 is widely considered the beginning of the revolution that spread across the Arab world. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Manal al-Sharif

publication date: Thursday, September 22, 2011

category: Humanitarianism

clue: is four-wheeled mobility a right for all? not in Saudi Arabia

explanation: al-Sharif has worked for Saudi women's rights for years, but her 2011 campaign for their right to drive brought international attention amid other revolutions in the Arab world. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn

trivia: The source photo was of fellow protester Najla Hariri, which Scott had found online mislabeled as al-Sharif. He counted guesses for both women.


Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

publication date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

category: Government

clue: as Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolution, it's fitting that her leader was the first to fall

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Hosni Mubarak

publication date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

category: Government

clue: once the surveyor of all of Egypt, he can now only see it through the bars of his courtroom cage

explanation: Mubarak was the ousted dictator of Egypt. In 2011, he was forced to attend his own trial in a cage for security reasons. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Muammar Gaddafi

publication date: Monday, September 19, 2011

category: Government

clue: after the Battle of Tripoli, Libya became free of its decades-long dictator at last

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


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