Dec. 17 - December 17 marks one year since the day Tunisia's Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, sparking the Arab Spring.
It was an act of protest which inspired the Arab Spring. On December 17, 2010, Tunisia's Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. The unemployed university graduate had been driven to despair after police confiscated his unlicensed fruit and vegetable cart. He later died in hospital. Bouazizi's death sparked widespread demonstrations throughout Tunisia over poverty, unemployment and political repression. Less than a month later, Tunisia's the government fell. The unrest spread across the region to Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, with populations seeking to topple their own authoritarian rulers and reshape the Arab world. Jessica Gray, Reuters