Tag: Tunisia

Environmental Activists in Gabes Launch Anti-Pollution Campaign

Environmental Activists in Gabes Launch Anti-Pollution Campaign

| 15 May 2013 | 3 Comments

The recent death of a four-year-old girl has become a rallying point in Gabes for local activists and civil society organizations fighting to curb poor sanitation and pollution in the region. Arwa Cherif died in the southeastern governorate this weekend after contracting Hepatitis A, an infectious disease of the liver. Her family and local activists [...]

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Algeria Sends Troops to Border in Fight Against Militants

Algeria Sends Troops to Border in Fight Against Militants

| 15 May 2013 | 2 Comments

In the ongoing fight against armed groups hiding on Chambi Mountain, Algeria has deployed 6,000 troops to prevent militants from crossing the border from Tunisia, radio Mosaique FM reported today. Meanwhile, National Guard officers arrested Monday an individual suspected of providing supplies to the militants, according to the Interior Ministry’s Facebook page. At least 37 suspects [...]

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Lawyers Call for Release of Ailing Ben Ali Minister

Lawyers Call for Release of Ailing Ben Ali Minister

| 14 May 2013 | 2 Comments

Civil society activists are calling on the government to either release or accelerate the trial of a former official from the regime of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali who is dying of cancer. An arrest warrant was issued for Ridha Grira, former Minister of Land and State Property and briefly Minister of Defense, in September [...]

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Constitution Fails to Protect Minority Rights, Activists Say

Constitution Fails to Protect Minority Rights, Activists Say

| 13 May 2013 | 1 Comment

International and domestic monitoring organizations have criticized the most recent draft of the Tunisian constitution for failing to adequately protect the rights of minorities. A recent statement by Human Rights Watch (HRW) highlights these concerns, taking issue with articles that specify the country’s president must be Muslim and noting the lack of protection of freedom of [...]

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Artillery Bombardment Targets Alleged Al Qaeda Militants

Artillery Bombardment Targets Alleged Al Qaeda Militants

| 09 May 2013 | 6 Comments

Tunisian tanks yesterday bombarded sites on Chambi Mountain near the Algerian border that were suspected of harboring militants with alleged Al Qaeda ties. The intensive artillery fire caused a blaze to break out on the mountain, according to radio station Mosaique FM, but firefighters have been able to contain the fire. The suspected militants have [...]

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Unemployed Man Self-Immolates in Sidi Bouzid

Unemployed Man Self-Immolates in Sidi Bouzid

| 29 April 2013 | 7 Comments

A young man in his twenties who had trouble finding work self-immolated yesterday in front of the town hall in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid. Ibrahim Slimani poured gasoline over his body and set himself alight in front of passersby, according to AFP. He was taken to the local hospital where doctors treated third degree [...]

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Badi Testifies before NCA; Survives No Confidence Vote

Badi Testifies before NCA; Survives No Confidence Vote

| 16 April 2013 | 0 Comments

A motion of no confidence that would have removed Minister of Women’s and Family Affairs Sihem Badi from her post was rejected today by the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). This was the first time that a government official had been called to testify before the Tunisian parliament. 90 members voted against the motion and 70 [...]

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Online Activists Fight for LGBTQ Rights in Tunisia

Online Activists Fight for LGBTQ Rights in Tunisia

| 08 April 2013 | 20 Comments

Even in the wake of the revolution members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer) community continue to feel uncomfortable speaking out in public. But Tunisian activists have created an online space for dialogue and support. “Silence of sexual minorities was no longer a choice,” said Ali*, one of the founders of Kelmty, or [...]

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Tunisian Political Rivals Come Face to Face at Stanford University Conference

Tunisian Political Rivals Come Face to Face at Stanford University Conference

| 31 March 2013 | 10 Comments

Two veteran politicians whose parties are locked in heated rivalry in post-revolutionary Tunisia crossed paths for the first time since the country’s democratic elections of October 23, 2011. Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Islamist Ennahdha party, and Beji Caid Essebsi, former prime minister and founder of opposition party Nidaa Tounes, were both convened on Friday, [...]

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World Social Forum Addresses “Ideological War” in the Arab World

World Social Forum Addresses “Ideological War” in the Arab World

| 29 March 2013 | 2 Comments

The Alliance for Freedom and Dignity International held a conference today at the World Social Forum to address the role of civil society in helping to bring about change in the Arab world. The panel attracted a large crowd interested in learning about the impact of the uprisings in the Arab World. It featured speakers like Ahmed Rahmani, a professor at the Institute for Modernity in France, [...]

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