الإعلام والصيف اللا-اسلاموي

قناة الميادين والفضائيات السورية والإيرانية وزملاؤهم ينقلون أخبار احتجاجات تونس آملين بسقوط الحكومة التي تعادي نظام الأسد، وبعضهم يأمل في سقوط الثورة التونسية كحراك جماهيري ثوري، لضمان إستمرارية ...

تونسي 2013

تماماً كما شق موسى البحر بعصاه، وكما قصيت الدلاعة في الصيف، قسم الربيع العربي المجتمع التونسي إلى نصفين. فهناك نوع من التوانسة يحب صدام حسين وفلسطين، وعدوه الأسد، ويموت على بورقيبة عدو كليهما، ...

New Arab Debates: My Introduction (October 2011, Before Elections)… I was optimist!

This was the question of the first edition of new Arab Debates on October 20th, 2011: This House be lie ves that in the ir first free e lections, Tunisians have nothing to fear from the Islamists. Here is my introduction: In my opinion, we should not fear, but we should be careful. Tunisians gained awareness and they are not ready to compromise this ...

Tunisia assembly defines woman as man’s associate, reactions from Tunisia

Perhaps we can blame it on the summertime; which is usual in its heat, but lately with an unseasonable mugginess. But the latest news from Tunisia’s constituent assembly has caused outrage for many here. At issue is constitutional article 27, passed yesterday in the committee on rights and freedoms, one of the six committees drafting the new ...

Thug violence vs. Salafist violence – do definitions really matter?

With a return of calm on the streets of Tunis after the remarkable instability in Tunisia over the past week the question has now moved to who and what has caused the recent violence. While conspiracies abound, most press accounts have pointed the finger at religious extremists intent on destabilizing the regime. Some at the time of the riots disputed ...

After extremists riot, political brinkmanship creates major risks for Tunisian revolution

A shocking display of political brinkmanship is underway in Tunis this week. While commentators, including myself, have called attention to the culture wars (see here and here), the real power play is a political one, pitting the three major political forces, Islamist, secular, and former regime, against each other. The sight of riots consuming entire ...

Culture wars: Salafi attacks in La Marsa target heart of Tunisian secularism

Divine creatures from the La Marsa art exhibition It only happened yesterday, but already a lot of ink has and will be spilled on the confrontations at a local art fair yesterday in La Marsa, a coastal suburb of Tunis. The situation took place, according to several eyewitness accounts, at the Abdallia Palace, a former Ottoman palace turned gallery ...

Constitution watch – Reaction and problems with the preamble

Last week the Constituent Assembly officially released the agreed upon preamble to the new constitution. Here are a few brief takeaways from its release. 1) It’s just a preamble. Constitutional preambles set the tone and background for a constitution, but they are rarely in and of themselves law. The preamble to the U.S. constitution is one sentence ...

Constitution watch – updates on the drafting of Tunisia’s new constitution

In what hopefully (depending on government progress and my discipline) will be a regular feature on the blog over the coming months, I give you my first “constitution watch” – updating readers on progress in the Constituent Assembly in drafting Tunisia’s new constitution. —— Two articles this week discussed contents ...

Will Egypt’s disfunction spillover to Tunisia? The presidential race raises questions

Despite the obvious parallels between the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and the clear effect Tunisia’s successful ouster of Ben Ali inspired Egyptian activists, there has been surprisingly little cross-pollination of democratic ideas between Egypt and Tunisia. But as the Egyptian presidential race heats up and Tunisia enters another dangerous ...
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