Interactive Timeline Of Middle-East/North Africa Turmoil

Tyler Durden's picture

Feeling overwhelmed by all the news coming out of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? With at least 12 different countries now on the verge of full blown violent rioting, or already having succumbed to a revolution of some form, it is easy to lose track of all the ins and outs. Luckily, the WSJ has compiled a handy real time interactive timeline that highlights the increasing escalation in events in the MENA region, broken both chronologically and cartographically. Bookmark the following link to be always up to date on all the most recent events.

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jesse livermoore's picture

yemen looks to be the next domino to fall


What does it all mean's picture

For a timeline, shouldn't it go all the way back to WW 1 and maybe at least 1970s, and including Israel?


Let's hope this WSJ interactive graphic will extend past 2012....  ;-)


VyseLegendaire's picture

All too true.  All of this business needs to be put in context of colonialism and the origins of these nations. 

Lord Koos's picture

None them were nations at all a century ago, just a bunch of different tribes and clans.  The British (and to a lesser extent other European nations) are famous for fucking up the world by giving preferential treatment to some groups over others, and for drawing arbitary borders that had nothing to do with ethnic and tribal boundaries.  The repercussions of that style of colonialism continue to this day.

PenchantForHoarding's picture

Really solid snapshot of the MENA craziness YTD.

Just bought some more physical.  Now, to watch the fireworks.


Ray1968's picture

Yawwwnnnn.... we have air dominance. Time for a market rally. (unless M.K. blows all his oil rigs)

serotonindumptruck's picture

"We have front row seats for this theatre of mass destruction. The demolitions committee of Project Mayhem wrapped the foundation columns of a dozen buildings with blasting gelatin. In two minutes primary charges will blow base charges and a few square blocks will be reduced to smoldering rubble. I know this, because Tyler knows this."

"It's getting exciting now..."

metastar's picture

Whoa! Terrorist punch card.

blunderdog's picture

That looks like it would map pretty well as Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor.

NaN's picture

This proves that imitation and social proof is a big force. 

That plus the everyone knows that everyone knows that everyone knows:

Too bad EveryoneKnows^3 is not sufficient to reduce systemic risks in the banking system.


CitizenPete's picture

Good post.  I stay away from WIMP as much as possible... Its like playing a computer game ... you don't come back for days. 

sub Z's picture

I liked it too.

They know they can make money off the game while knowing all sides are aware, they just need to bail before the other guy. But when all sides collaborate they can keep the game going. In the case of the banking system the risk is passed on to the tax payers. Heads they win tails we lose.

CitizenPete's picture

Is this map complete?

I guess the daily torture and murder of Palestinian women and children is implied since it's not on the map.  Not like it has any impact on the Middle East.  </sarc> Who are the guys with their boot on the Palestinians Semite faces? Oh yeah, the other Semites, the ones who came from Europe.  Just because they're the only Nuclear Power in the region (that are crazy enough to use them, or sell them to the South Africans) , doesn't mean they should be on the map, I guess -- I mean it would just be a solid line going across the chart. 



Canucklehead's picture

...Have another sweet...  They are free today...

TexDenim's picture

This WSJ interactive graphic was really fantastic. I spent 20 minutes just moving around the timeline. I know Tunisia very well, and Algeria, and yet I learned quite a lot about the relative timing of events in the last 3 months. Memory plays tricks on you. I get the paper WSJ every day, but don't go to their site every day. That will change.

jkruffin's picture

This is prophecy playing out in real time....Soon, we will see the 3rd anti-christ evolve with the blue turban to lead the muslims into WWIII against the infidels....

This is also biblical writings playing out at the same time....

It's going to get ugly folks, and world markets are all doomed...

sub Z's picture

Interesting... In January Lindsey Williams talked about causing conflict in the Mid East to drive up oil to $150-200 a barrel and then tapping oil reserves. And Petrobras has received final approval to operate the Gulf of Mexico's first floating production, storage and offloading vessel, clearing the way for the Brazilian oil giant to start pumping oil from two deep-water fields.

March 6:

White House considers tapping oil reserves

(Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff William Daley said on Sunday the Obama administration was considering tapping into the U.S. strategic oil reserve as a way to help ease soaring oil prices.

U.S. oil prices jumped on Friday to more than $3 a barrel to $105.17, their highest level since September 2008, as fighting in Libya worsened and protests in the Middle East intensified.

On Thursday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner played down the risks to the oil supply from political disturbances in the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa in testimony before a congressional panel.

There has been support among Senate Democrats for tapping America's emergency oil supply to cool gasoline prices.

Senator Jay Rockefeller urged Obama on Thursday to allow a "limited draw-down" from the oil reserves, to "protect our national security by preventing or reducing the adverse impact of an oil shortage.