On Tuesday, The Guardian posted an excellent infographic, ”The path of protest,” which promises to make the popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East a little easier to follow.

The timeline begins on December 17, when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia, and goes up until today, with Libya’s Gaddafi calling the U.S. and its allies “a bunch of fascists” and Syrian forces killing six civilians in an attack on a Deraa mosque.

Key events are divided into protests, political moves, regime changes, and international/external responses, and plotted along different lines for different countries where they take place. When you click on the graphic for each event, you are directed to an article about that development.

The events are all plotted on a kind of ramp that zooms you forward as you slide the arrow on the timeline—giving the graphic an appropriate feeling of exponential movement and momentum.






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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner