Tunisia – One Year Later

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Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution only exploded after of years of pain and suffering. Their years-long struggle is usually romanticized by attributing the suicide of one young man as the spark that lit a new flame of bravery and courage. The struggle for Tunisians and their neighbours is far from over, and this week, thousands in Tunisia protested against the political rise of conservative Islam. Immolations have reportedly increased across the Arab world; though we don’t know if it only seems that way now because, prior to Mohammed Bouazizi, hardly anyone was looking. A year of the Arab Spring has seen hundreds of thousands more seeking a new life away from harsh economic and social conditions receive an increasingly hostile, unwelcoming reception in Europe or farther afield. Here is a summary of posts about Tunisia: one year later.

Tunisia: A Revolutionary Model?

A year after the Jasmine Revolution, can the country’s new government fix the vast social injustices that triggered it?

One year ago, Tunisia overthrew decades of oppression and dictatorship. Its revolution rocked the Middle East and inspired the ‘Arab Spring’.Now, Tunisia has adopted an interim constitution, held free and fair elections, and is becoming a modern democratic state. But does the recent electoral success of the Islamists herald a return to narrow, sectarian rule or consensual leadership?Will the interim president, Moncef Marzouki, be able to bridge the divide between secular, democratic principles and more extreme views?And perhaps the biggest question of all is can the new government fix the ailing economy and vast social injustices that triggered the Tunisian revolution in the first place?

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by Al Jazeera English 28 Jan, 2012 posted with vodpod

Tunisian media: One year after the revolution

By Fahem Boukadous for CPJ 23 Jan, 2012

The doses of freedom that the Tunisian revolution injected into national media have not been sufficient to revive it after decades of systematic destruction. It is not surprising that our evaluation of media one year after the tyrant fell reveals more negativity and pessimism.

Public media remains unchanged. The ministry of the interior and the Carthage Palace are no longer the source of instructions, leaving this role to [Prime Minister’s spokesman] Moez Sinaoui, who firmly prevented media and political figures from appearing on TV for being radical critics of the interim authorities. He banned discussion of heated topics such as post-revolution torture cases, the involvement of public figures in corruption, and criticism of the government of Beji Caid El-Sebsi. Nonetheless, some journalists attempted to address these topics, and as a result they have been marginalized and intimidated by the administration, which has preserved all characteristics of the former regime. Continue reading

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Tunisia marks anniversary with prisoner amnesties

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Tunisia Anniversary AmnestyTunisia Saturday granted an amnesty or conditional release from prison to 9,000 detainees to mark the first anniversary of the fall of despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, officials said.

“On the occasion of the first anniverary of the Tunisian revolution the justice ministry has announced that 9,000 detainees will be pardoned or benefit from a conditional release,” the ministry said in a statement.

The amnesty on what is now a public holiday in Tunisia had been expected and will include Tunisian and foreign prisoners.

Capital punishment of another 122 detainees will be converted to life imprisonment.

The death penalty remains on the books in the north African country but is no longer applied.

Tunisia amnesties thousands on Ben Ali ouster anniversary | Morocco World News.

Rumoured spat between #Mauritnia &amp #Qatar enters phase…

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Rumoured spat between #Mauritnia & #Qatar enters phase 2. Of boring us to death. Now we’re supposed to believe that the Development Centre project created to help women in rural communities has been “ordered to close” and – this is the biggest stretch – that this has been done “in response to the outrage felt by citizens” over the last rumour. Absolute piffle. For one thing, there is less than zero evidence of the Mauritanian authorities ever listening to civil society. Anyway, here’s the link in Arabic if you want to sacrifice a few braincells, be my guest: http://snup.us/ohH You might also want to check the photo I posted earlier to day of Aziz in a cosy threesome of handclasping at Tunisia’s one year anniversary of the departure of Ben Ali with the Emir of Qatar and Moncef Marzouki. And by the way, Marzouki should be ashamed of himself. Thank goodness Radhia Nasraoui had the good grace to condemn Aziz’ presence as scandalous.
Again, I have to ask: who benefits from painting this elaborate picture of Aziz and the Emir having fallen out, and needs to always couch it in terms that suggest a détente between the two countries?