Arab World: A Revolution Time-Table

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An Arab revolution time-table is being circulated online, with potential revolution dates pencilled in for Sudan, Syria, Algeria, Libya and Morocco. The dates are January 30 (Sudanese students are already marching the streets of Khartoum), February 5, February 12 and March 13, respectively.

In Bahrain, the date being whispered is February 14 and the conversation on Twitter is also bidding changes for Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Arab world.

After Tunisia, which took people by surprise, the question on everyone's mind was: could this successful oust of a dictator be repeated in any other country. Ten days later, the Egyptians rose, first demanding economic and political reforms and now asking for the head of president Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled them for 30 years.

Reactions on Twitter range from disbelief to complete solidarity with change, some even wishing that the waves of revolution would reach their shores. The conversation is international, with Twitter users from around the world adding their two cents.

@ewilke tweets:

@ewilke: Seriously, a timetable!? on twitter. The Arabic Revolution Timetable: Sudan #Jan30 Syria #Feb05 Algeria #Feb12 Libya #Feb30 Morocco #March13

@martinchulov adds:

@martinchulov: Activists are using twitter to line up the dominoes post-Egypt. Yemen Feb 3, Syria Feb 5, Algeria Feb 12 – the ‘Arab Revolution Timetable’.

And @kywa_kt jokes:

@kyaw_kt: “Arab Revolution Timetable”? How motivating it is!

Yvonne Ridley quips:

@yvonneridley: It's not only #Mubarak who doesn't want TV in #Tahrir Square it's all other Arab leaders who dont want people watching #Egyptian Revolution

And @hamish6PM agrees:

@hamish6PM: Could there be a more poignant symbol of Arab revolution than thousands of heads lowered jointly in prayer in liberation sq? #Egypt #jan …

Meanwhile, the drumbeats of revolution continue to reverberate across the region:

@lostronaut1: walk like an egyptian —— the dictators must go! #egypt #revolution #china #saudi #kuwait #iraq #algeria #oman #libya #yemen #sudan

Although Saudi Arabia doesn't have a date pencilled in the calendar of events, the conversation on Twitter is full of speculation:

@mkingscott: RT @AhmedKhan01 Saudi Arabia, I think – then that will fall, hopefully. Revolution is never pretty or easy, we may be having one here soon ;-)

@Medros: RT @SagibbsVentCo I would imagine the US would be all in on a revolution in Syria, Iran, or elsewhere. Now Iraq, Saudi Arabia, or other places?

@SaleemaGul: @goldenrox77 Revolution in Saudi!! Wouldn't that be sweet! Let's have a #revolution from Pakistan to Saudi. Let's be free! #Egypt

Others look at the hard facts:

@KidsHaveRights2: RT @Tharwacolamus: Age of Arab Rulers: Saudi 87, Egypt 83, Kuwait 82, Iraq 78, Algeria 74, Oman 71, Libya 69, Yemen 69, Sudan 67 #revolution

Bahrain too is not included in the original schedule, but the #feb14 hashtag is drawing conversation and comments:

@TruthWitness: 14th February 2011 Day of Anger in #Bahrain ! Let the #Revolution begin! #Egypt #jan25

According to the calendar, Syria should be the next big thing, but people I have spoken to in Syria have played it down.

Here is a selection of reactions from Syria:

@sy0free: More security in the Syrian cities, the number of armed individuals protecting security branches has doubled, getting ready for #feb05

@Hamawii: ppl in #Syria are you ready for #feb05 ?? i hope so :s ==>

Meanwhile, reports continue to flow of unrest in Libya, Yemen and Jordan, whose King just appointed a new Prime Minister.

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