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No hate, no fear: This is what democracy looks like
Terrorism has succeeded in feeding fear and anger into Americans, not only harming the Arab world’s transition into democracy, but also shaking the core principles of the American democracy, which was once a leading model of freedom and inclusivity to the rest of the world. The uprising of multiple countries in the Arab world against...

Tunisian-Italian relations: the limits of the classic paradigm
” This article was originally published on Herillos blog” Tunisian-Italian relations: the limits of the classic paradigm (by Eugenio Dacrema*) On 8-9 February, the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi visited Italy where he met Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, the President of Republic Sergio Mattarella, and addressed the Foreign...

The Tripartite Initiative and the Prospects of a Political Settlement in Libya
” This article was originally published on Herillos blog” The Tripartite Initiative and the Prospects of a Political Settlement in Libya By Bacha Khayreddine * The so-called Skhirat agreement, concluded on December 17, 2015, is considered an satisfactory framework for building consensus among the various parties in conflict since the re...

Opinion: Referring Hizb Al-Tahrir to the Military Court Threatens Tunisia’s Democracy
CPR Deputy and lawyer, Samir Ben Amor argues that, though he might not agree with the radically conservative Islamist party, Hizb Al-Tahrir the government’s attempts to use the Military justice system to ban the group risks Tunisia’s emerging democracy and undermines the rule of law.  Why do we refuse to involve the military court in...

Editorial: Keep the Faith, But Be Wary Of the Hype
The Unity Government of Youssef Chahed will either be confirmed or rejected by the Assembly of Peoples’ Representatives later today. Right now, any other outcome than a solid endorsement seems hard to imagine. What is less predictable is how Tunisia’s new government will differ in substance from many of its predecessors. Many of the challenges...

Opinion: Open Discussion Could be one of Tunisia’s Best Weapons Against Islamic State Recruitment
Olfa Hamrouni’s story has been well covered by the Tunisian press. She has appeared on local television, and has taken her case to Tunisia’s government. I met Olfa in her tiny ground floor flat in Mornag, South of Tunis. She lives opposite an over flowing rubbish tip, the stench is unbelievable, and despite the heat,...

Sousse: One Year On
Port el Kantaoui, the resort town near Sousse, is quiet today. Waves lap the white sands that separate the sprawling resorts from the still, azure sea. It’s hard to imagine anything breaking the calm. However, as we know, something did. One year ago today, Seifeddine Rezgui emerged out of the darkest recesses of the country and...

Happy Birthday to Us
Tunisia Live is five years old this year, making this as good a time as any to launch our new website and maybe look back over the last half decade. We’re hoping you’ll like the new site. We’ve opened new sections and structured the front page differently, which should make it easier to access the...

Opinion: What Women Wear is None of Your Business
I was the victim of an assault on Friday, April 8. Some people have said it was because of radical activism, others because of the shorts I was wearing. I will not say why, because just trying to find a reason for the attack means searching the darkest part of our souls to find the...

Opinion: Enough With the “Jasmine Revolution” Narrative!
Five years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia is widely recognized as the last country in the region where the revolutionary wave of 2011 may yet yield sustainable democracy and political stability. Last year Nobel Peace Prize Committee celebrated a “pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” Yet a perfumed...