REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi - Men walk past a statue depicting Tunisian vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi's cart, who set himself on fire in December 2010 in an act of protest that triggered the Arab Spring revolution in Sidi Bouzid August 14, 2012.

Opinion

How 2014 Is Strikingly Similar to 1914

June 23, 2014, John McLaughlin

It has been 100 years since Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination led to the First World War, leading John McLaughlin to reflect on the parallels between the global situations of 1914 and 2014. Amidst the similarities and differences, McLaughlin points to the persistent power of earth-changing reverberations that began with one small event—from the actions of a young Serbian nationalist to those of a young Tunisian fruit vendor.

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