Tunisia presents President Obama with the opportunity to show that, unlike Bush and his other predecessors, he will put the long-term interests of Arab people ahead of the short-term interests of Arab governments.

Click here to read my latest column from Gulf News. Please return to the home page to leave comments.


 
 
Media reports over the last hour indicate that Tunisian President Zein Al-Abdine Ben Ali has fled the country (see this story from the NYT). The Prime Minister went on national TV a short time ago to announce that he is taking power. This all comes a few hours after Ben Ali dissolved the government in the face of rising unrest.

More thoughts on all this shortly.