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The Arab Powder Keg

An animated map of protests in the Middle East as they spread from country to country, updated with the most recent events.

Read more of Slate's coverage of the //Libya conflict//.
The protests that drove Hosni Mubarak out of power in Egypt were only the beginning of a wave of civil unrest that has boiled over into nearly all of the Middle East. Tunisia had already driven longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from office, and by the beginning of February, unrest had spread to Jordan, Lebanon, and Sudan. Many more countries were to follow. This map depicts the tides of protests and government retaliations day by day, beginning in Tunisia and ending with the unresolved conflict in Libya. You can click through the days one by one with the green arrows or choose "Autoplay." To get the big picture, just turn off the info boxes and crack up the speed.

The Arab Powder Keg
added April 5, 2011

Islam: Empire of Faith episode one study guide -

National Geographic Map of the World

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Our map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go!


WORLDOMETERS - Fascinating Data!

7 Billion - National Geographic

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