About the least happy news to come out of the Tunisian revolution

An upsurge in (primarily) young people in countries in that region of the world engaging in copycat self-immolation. The linked article says there have been 10 cases in the Arab world in the past week.  The motivation, I take it, is that, just as the self-immolation in Tunisia sparked the revolution, others oppressed by their governments hope that their acts will likewise create popular protests against their own leaders.

Things cannot be going well for you when self-immolation seems like a reasonable option.

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