Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen. And, according to Ted Rall, the United States, too.
This week's issue reeks of revolution. The big read, "Region in Revolt," is an overview of events in the Middle East that attempts to summarize civil unrest throughout the region. It's a story first reported by our international news provider, GlobalPost. The piece was originally published on Jan. 27, at globalpost.com, and since then, it has been edited and updated to reflect the most current developments in each region. It's not heavy on analysis or theory. Rather, it's a piece that tackles the very basics--the who, why and when--to bring you up to speed on a story that's changing every day. Although what's printed in this week's edition represents what was the most recent news as of press time, no doubt there will be new developments as these pages sit on the shelf for the week. Also, due to the simple space constraints of print, we were not able to print the piece in its entirety. For the full version of the story with any updates GlobalPost has added to the story, visit boiseweekly.com and find "Region in Revolt" online.
Ted Rall also tackles revolution in his column this week, but he's talking domestic unrest. Regular Rall readers know that his take on the next American revolution is a question of when, not if. The story that has dominated national headlines for two weeks is happening in Wisconsin--not the Middle East--and Rall lumps the liberal uprising there in with the increasing disruption in the Middle East.
Speaking of liberal uprisings, this week's choice of Citizen certainly may cause one among BW readers. To be frank, Wayne Hoffman is not Boise Weekly's biggest fan--in fact, Hoffman isn't a fan of much of the local media. The former reporter who now heads up Idaho Freedom Foundation and idahoreporter.com, a website devoted to news about state government, talks education reform, tax increases and his own brand of revolution.