The media have focused on Facebook and Twitter, but the pro-democracy movements have flourished thanks to unions
Eric Lee and Benjamin Weinthal
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 10 February 2011
"Perhaps the most overlooked factor in the demise of the authoritarian Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, and the weakening of Hosni Mubarak's grip on state power in Egypt, has been the trade unions in both countries.
While the media has reported on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook as revolutionary methods of mobilisation, it was the old-fashioned working class that enabled the pro-democracy movements to flourish......"