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Trading in Ben Ali-Era Bills at the Local Bank
Tunisians can say goodbye to some familiar symbols on their existing currency. On December 31, 2012, 20 and 50 dinar bills will cease to be legal tender, and residents will have to trade them in at a Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) office to receive the new, approved bills. Announced in February 2011, the new...

Tunisians Weigh in on a Second Term for Obama
Election projections in the United States indicate that Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama has likely secured a second term in office, scoring a victory over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The most recent statistics from American news outlet CNN project that Obama scored at least the 270 electoral votes necessary to win reelection....

Another Night of Violence in Manouba Leaves One Dead, Three Wounded
One man was killed last night in an attack that also injured three security officers in the Douar Hicher neighborhood of Manouba.  The event has been linked to rising tensions in the area since the attack of an alcohol vendor last Saturday night. According to anonymous security sources present during Tuesday's attack, the event started...

Protest over Death of Nida Tounes Member Draws Hundreds
Several hundred members and supporters of opposition parties Nidaa Tounes, al-Masar, and al-Joumhouri protested on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis earlier today, calling for the fall of the current government. Organizers called for the demonstration following the death of local Nidaa Tounes leader Lotfi Nagedh in Tataouine on Friday during...

Sheep Shopping in the Suburbs
If you've been walking around Tunisia in the last few days, you've probably seen the bales of hay, children running around with sticks, and men sitting on crates as they drink coffee or smoke. And the sheep. Dozens of them at a time, kept in place either tethered  to the ground or reined in by...

Government Responds to Journalists’ Demands Following Media Strike
In light of a strike by journalists on Wednesday that left much of the country's media in a state of blackout, the government announced the implementation of several major changes. Key among the journalists demands were the implementation of decrees 115 and 116. Issued after the revolution, the decrees were an attempt to ensure the...

Joumhouri Party Calls for Minister of the Interior's Resignation
In a press conference today, spokesperson for the Joumhouri Party Isam Chebbi called for the resignation of Minister of the Interior Ali Laarayedh. Chebbi described the minister as incompetent in dealing with Tunisia's security situation. According to the spokesperson, the position of interior minister should be given to a national figure, w...

Press Strike across Tunisia Stalls Headlines
Journalists across Tunisia went on strike today, protesting what they claim is unnecessary and unwelcome government interference in their affairs. Newspapers across the country participated, many deciding either to withhold publication or only publishing content pertaining to the strike. Some radio stations shifted content towards music, choosing n...

Questions Arise from Detention of Ansar al-Shariah Member
The recent detention by police of Ansar al-Shariah member Hassan Brik has raised questions about the legal basis for his detention. Brik is the head of Ansar al-Shariah's outreach committee and alleged right-hand-man to leader Abu Iyadh, currently wanted by police. After Brik was taken into police custody on September 23, the Minist...

Dar Assabah Journalist Run Over by Newspaper's Director
Tunisian journalist Khalil Hannachi is in the hospital today after an act of protest ended in a car accident, involving the recently appointed managing director of Dar Assabah Lotfi Touati. The incident first came to light on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook where a video of Hannachi lying on the ground and surrounded...