Tunisia

Arson attack sends Tunisia’s Sidi Bou Said mausoleum up in smoke

 
On Saturday, two days before the second anniversary of the fall of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the mausoleum in Sidi Bou Said, in a chic northern suburb of Tunis, was deliberately set on fire. The anthropologist Youssef Seddik describes his anger at the destruction of the mausoleum’s precious manuscripts. Read more...
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Islamists throw TVs on beach to denounce “corrupt” media

 
Concerned by what they say is incompetent and corrupted media, the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), a group of activists that is, according to Tunisia’s opposition, close to the Islamist party in power, organised a “flash mob” protest in the city of Sousse. Television sets were thrown onto the beach like rubbish. Read more...
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Meet Slimane Rouissi, a catalyst of the Tunisian revolution

 
Two years ago, a young, impoverished vegetable seller named Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the central Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. His desperate act sparked a revolution that ousted the country’s leader and marked the start of a series of revolutions throughout the region, now known as the Arab Spring. However, his story would never have been told throughout the world – if it were not for a small group of activists, including a man named Slimane Rouissi. Read more…
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Footage of French police deporting Tunisian man sparks outrage

 
A video of an undocumented migrant being forced by the police to board a plane for Tunis last weekend has caused outrage on the Internet. The man who took the video says he is shocked by the inhumane treatment suffered by his compatriot. Read more...
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Pollution turns a Tunisian lake blood red

 
Cap Bon, a cape located in northern Tunisia, is known for its resorts and its rich biodiversity. However, one of its villages, Mrigueb, is now experiencing an ecological catastrophe: the waters of the wadi located next to it have turned bright red, due to pollution from fish processing factories. Read more…

Police fired live rounds during Tunisian rubbish dump protest


Guellala, a small town in the south of the Tunisian island of Djerba, was the scene of violent clashes between police and locals on Saturday. Residents had organised a sit-in to call for the closure of a rubbish dump that has been polluting their area. Since then, the authorities have strongly condemned the violence of the protesters, without mentioning that police fired live bullets. Read more...
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French expats react to embassy closures

 
France has ordered the closure of its embassies, schools, and embassies Friday in 20 countries, mostly in the Muslim world. The French government is worried that these institutions could be targeted during protests against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s publication of incendiary cartoons representing the Prophet Mohammed. We asked three French expatriates living in Muslim countries what they thought of these measures. Read more…

Sidi Bouzid runs dry after Salafists destroy last remaining bar

 
Tunisia’s western city of Sidi Bouzid is now dry. The last remaining bar was forced to close earlier this week after it was ransacked by a mob of religious extremists. Although the establishment had long been targeted by threats, its owner chose to keep his doors open, believing the local authorities’ promises to protect his business. Read more…
 
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String of cultural events shut down by Islamic extremists: “Where are the police?”

 
Screenshot of a video showing Islamic extremists setting up prayer mats in front of a theatre in Menzel Bourguiba, where the well-known comedian Lotfi Abdelli was supposed to put on a show on Tuesday. Read more...

Are women’s rights in Tunisia under threat?

 
Considered one of the most progressive countries in the Arab world when it comes to women’s rights, Tunisia feted its National Women’s Day on Monday, August 13. This year’s celebrations, however, were marred by a proposed constitutional article, which would define a woman as “complementary” to a man rather than his equal. Read our Observers' reactions…
 
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