Cross-posted at Interest of the State.
In 2005, Lebanon's Cedar Revolution blossomed. Syria was booted out of occupying its coastal neighbor and the yearning for freedom with responsive government grew, especially after the March 14 protest in Beirut evolved into a political coalition of pro-Western pacifists.
In 2009, Iran erupted in its second revolution after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won reelection on votes completely fabricated by the president's ministry. Hossein Mousavi, the candidate who "lost" the election took his movement to the streets. The death of innocent bystanders and protesters like Neda became fuel for an ever growing revolt against Iranian government lies.
In 2011, Tunisians lashed out against government officials and their President Ben Ali; the President fled the country to safety in the island of Malta when the revolt in Tunisia made things too unsafe for him to stay. Laborers, lawyers, doctors, and students all protested both violently and peacefully against the low standards of living and lack of civil rights made available to them.