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Spain Arrests Five Tunisians on Terrorism Promotion Charges

Spain Arrests Five Tunisians on Terrorism Promotion Charges

| 12 June 2013 | 2 Comments

Five Tunisian men living in Barcelona, Spain were arrested today on charges of disseminating “materials with jihadi content” through social networks, according to the Spanish Ministry of Interior’s website. The ministry posted pictures of the five Tunisian men: Kamel Boulehmi, Sabri Riahi, Sassi Ghrab, Hamed Ben Dhaou and Ali Ben Tahar Ghazouani. The suspects are [...]

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Ministers Visit Sidi Bou Said Shrine Day After Attack

Ministers Visit Sidi Bou Said Shrine Day After Attack

| 14 January 2013 | 1 Comment

A shrine in Sidi Bou Said, a famous tourism destination in the northern suburb of Tunis, was burned on Saturday night, confirmed a source in Sidi Bou Said’s police station. This attack was strongly condemned by all parties as well as high-level officials including Minister of Interior Ali Laarayedh and President Moncef Marzouki. Laarayedh visited [...]

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Two Years on: Has the Tunisian Uprising Plagiarized the French Revolution?

Two Years on: Has the Tunisian Uprising Plagiarized the French Revolution?

| 14 January 2013 | 2 Comments

By Baligh Ben Taleb At the dawn of 2011, a new revolutionary spirit touched major parts of North Africa and the Middle East, while others remain inviolate. Comparisons between historical uprisings triggered discussions as to whether the birth place of the Arab uprising, Tunisia, could plagiarize the French Revolution. But, was there really a genuine [...]

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Al-Qaeda Terrorist Cell Dismantled in Tunisia

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Cell Dismantled in Tunisia

| 21 December 2012 | 4 Comments

Minister of the Interior Ali Laarayedh declared today in a press conference at the National Guard headquarters in the northern Tunis suburb of Aouina that an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell in Tunisia has been dismantled. The terrorist cell carries the name of “The Militia of Uqba Ibn Nafaa in Tunisia” and sought to act as the [...]

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Tunisians React to Habib Bourguiba Protest Ban

Tunisians React to Habib Bourguiba Protest Ban

| 29 March 2012 | 2 Comments

  The decision to ban protests on Tunis’ main avenue, avenue Habib Bourguiba, that was taken by the Tunisian Ministry of Interior yesterday March 28th, caused various reactions among Tunisian citizens and activists. Tarak, the owner of a silver shop which has been situated on Avenue of Habib Bourguiba Tunis for over 60 years, stated that [...]

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Tunisian Whistleblower Samir Feriani Acquitted of Major Charges

Tunisian Whistleblower Samir Feriani Acquitted of Major Charges

| 27 March 2012 | 1 Comment

The Primary Court of Tunis has acquitted Tunisian whistleblower Samir Feriani of the charge of “spreading false information to destabilize the public order.” Feriani, who is a high ranking official in the Ministry of Interior, was thrown in prison last May after accusing the Ministry of Interior of corruption, in an article published in the Tunisian newspapers [...]

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Appointment of Five New Tunisian Governors Causes Controversy

Appointment of Five New Tunisian Governors Causes Controversy

| 26 March 2012 | 4 Comments

In a statement released on March 24, the Ministry of the Interior announced that Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali had appointed five new governors. Habib Sithom, Abdelmonem Sahbani, Mahmoud Jaballah, Abdelkader Trabelsi, and Hamadi Mayara were appointed, respectively, as the heads of the governorates of Monastir, Zaghouan, Nabeul, Kef, and Medenine. Their nomination sparked controversy, as [...]

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Several Thousand Salafists Demonstrate for Islamic Law, Attack Dramatists in Tunis

Several Thousand Salafists Demonstrate for Islamic Law, Attack Dramatists in Tunis

| 25 March 2012 | 38 Comments

A group of several thousand Salafists and their supporters demonstrated in downtown Tunis today in support of the Koran, claiming that the Muslim holy book was under threat by more secular elements of Tunisian society. Demonstrators climbed the clock tower of Tunis to fly black caliphate flags from the top of the tower and chanted [...]

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Tunisian Interior Minister Casts Doubt on Journalists’ Claims of Recent Abuse

Tunisian Interior Minister Casts Doubt on Journalists’ Claims of Recent Abuse

| 02 March 2012 | 1 Comment

Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh expressed doubt about the recent claims of Tunisian journalists having been assaulted by security forces while filming and reporting last Saturday’s protest. The remarks came at yesterday’s meeting of government ministers with the Constituent Assembly. Each minister had a chance to speak, and Laareyedh took on the issue of violence against journalists [...]

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Case of Tunisia’s Pirate Party Remains Afloat

Case of Tunisia’s Pirate Party Remains Afloat

| 02 March 2012 | 0 Comments

The most recent hearing of the ongoing lawsuit involving the Tunisian Pirate Party (Parti Pirate Tunisie) – an extension of the African and international branches of the Pirate Party – was postponed today by the judge of the Primary Court of Tunis. He claimed the case was outside of the purview of the court. The party [...]

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