Asma Smadhi, Author at Tunisia Live Asma Smadhi, Author at Tunisia Live

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Clash Over Exclusion of Ben Ali Officials Delays Elections Law
Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly rejected Wednesday an article of the electoral law that would ban senior members of the party of former autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali from running in legislative elections expected this year. Article 167 bans former Ben Ali government officials who were also members of his political party, the RCD i...

Bookworms Few and Far Between in Tunis
A bystander reading a book while waiting for the metro or the bus, often a lengthy ordeal, is an odd scene in Tunisia. To be engrossed in a novel at a coffee shop, a normal scene in many countries, garners stares and comments from bystanders. While many Tunisians read newspapers daily, books are not as...

I Too Burned a Police Station, Online Activists Declare
A Facebook campaign called I Too Burned a Police Station is supporting Tunisians facing criminal charges related to protests during the 2011 revolution. The page was launched on Sunday and received over 1,500 likes as of Monday evening. This is a campaign denouncing the false and arbitrary arrests against the young activists fa...

Tunisian Kidnapped in Libya: “They Can Kill Me”
A video featuring a kidnapped employee at the Tunisian embassy in Libya was released online Saturday by a Libyan militant group, Chabab Tawhid (Youth of Unification). The employee, Mohamed Bechikh, missing since March 21, asked the Tunisian government to negotiate seriously with Chabab Tawhid, saying this is a legitimate reques...

UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has accepted the nomination of the UGTT labor union for its peace award, according to the union. The union was nominated by the presidents of four major Tunisian universities a few days after the adoption of the Tunisian constitution on January 2014, according to Huffington Post Maghreb. The UGTT was one...

Martyrs Day Remembers Protesters Killed Under French Rule
Tunisians were protesting long before December 2010. On April 9, 1938, thousands of Tunisians took to the streets of Tunis to protest against French colonial rule. Twenty-two died and 155 were wounded. Their deaths are commemorated by the annual Martyrs' Day holiday. Back then, protests were led by members of the Neo-Destour, a political par...

Ministry Claims Facebook Photos Are Evidence of ‘Terrorist’ Camp
Photos presented by the Ministry of Interior as depicting a training camp for Tunisians preparing to fight in the Syrian civil war actually show a group of teenagers on a camping trip before the conflict even started, a person in the photos told Tunisia Live. Marwen Belhaj Ammar, 18, said he was shocked when he...

Private Airline to Start Flights to New York
Negotiations are underway between Tunisian private airline Syphax and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to launch a direct flights between New York and Tunis in 2015, the company's CEO announced Tuesday to TAP state news agency. Mohamed Frikha, Syphax's CEO, made the statement from New York. He is part of the official delegatio...

Lawyer Expects Delay in Retrial of U.S. Embassy Attack Suspects
An appeal hearing for 20 defendants accused of participating in the September 2012 U.S. embassy attack is scheduled to continue Tuesday, but with the prospect of another delay, according to the defense lawyer. The initial verdict providing two-year suspended sentences was issued on May 2013. These sentences do not require jail time. The sentences w...

Students at Historic Tunis High School Organize TedX Event
Like many high schoolers, students at Tunis' historic Sadiki College were intimidated by what their futures held and the choices they would have to make. Unlike many, though, they did something about it. Students organized the school's first TedX event on March 16, bringing in speakers from an array of career fields to t...