Fragrant jasmine is the flower of the moment in North Africa. The Tunisian government's indifference to the plight of the poor and desperate young led Mohamed Bouazizi to set himself on fire when his vegetables were confiscated because he didn't have a permit to sell them. That is a story all Africans got, it is the pettiness of bureaucracies from the Cape to Cairo, the flexing of absolute power over dignity by the ubiquitous police and military who prop up unpopular regimes. These are the folk about whom the Nigerian Afrobeat superstar, Fela Kuti, wrote the tune Zombie: "Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go. Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think " The Nigerian singer compared the foot soldiers of his country's military regime in the 1970s to zombies, shells of dead human beings without minds of their own. BBC News - African viewpoint: Bread or the ballot? Jee wimbi hili la kuziangusha tawala kupitia maandamano lililoanza Afrika kaskazini litafika Kusini?