Middle East Protests: An animated map.

Visualizing the world.
April 11 2011 4:39 PM

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 crank up the speed.

Protests in the Middle East and Africa
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Elizabeth Weingarten is the associate editor at New America and the associate director of its Global Gender Parity Initiative.

Chris Wilson is a Slate contributor.

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