Bin Laden’s Death Not an End: A guide to Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence Post-Arab Spring /Al-Ahram Online/

Excerpts of my interview for Al-Ahram Online regarding terrorism in North Africa : http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/95317/World/Region/Bin-Ladens-death-not-an-end-A-guide-to-AlQaedas-re.aspx Al-Qaeda emerged as a fiercer movement after the death of its mastermind three years ago and gained new grounds in many areas- the Arab world becoming ...

Le musée National du Bardo: voyage a travers les multiples cultures de la Tunisie:

Debate continues over women’s rights in the new Tunisian constitution

As I noted in my post of August 3, the Tunisian Constituent Assembly created controversy when the commission on rights and liberties approved an article in the constitution that states: women’s rights should be protected under the principal of complementarity at the heart of the family and as man’s associate in the development of the country. Women’s ...

Political Party update 1: Marzouki shows independence, the CPR chooses its new leadership

I’m back from a little vacation and will be providing a series of updates to Kefteji over the course of the week. We start today with a continuation of my series on Tunisian political parties. Despite August holidays, Ramadan, and Aid el-Fitr, political wrangling continued in Tunisia in the month of August. Today’s updates focus on the parties ...

NPR Series on Tunisia looks at politics, women, presidents, and booze

NPR reporters buying moonshine on the side of the road. Photo by John Poole, NPR NPR’s Steve Inskeep has been reporting from Tunisia this week on the first leg of a road trip across North Africa. He’s filed a number of interesting reports that are well worth checking out. Some highlights: Tunisian Women Turn Revolution Into Opportunity ...

Education: Tunisian women continue to outpace men and the demographic challenge that creates

Almost 130,000 Tunisian students will attempt to pass the Baccalaureat exam this year. Based on the French system, le Bac is a cumulative exam that allows those who pass to enter the university system. Suffice it to say – in a country that has emphasized education since its independence – it’s a big deal. Daily news reports update ...

Cimetières militaires en Tunisie:

 North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial: Cimetière militaire français de Gammarth Oued Zarga War Cemetery (commonwealth)

What does it mean to attack Tunisian bar culture?

A series of stories has grabbed the attention of the international press about religious attacks on Tunisian bars and liquor stores. Attacks have occurred across the country over the past year, intensifying in the past 10 days with major incidences in Jendouba and Sidi Bouzid. These attacks raise the question, what is the prevalence of Tunisian bars ...

Ben Ali-style security arrests raise questions on government commitment to security reform

Security has been a major preoccupation of Tunisians since the fall of the previous regime. The fear is based not only on actual risks, including increases in small arms traffic, the release of several thousand prisoners, and general lawlessness – but also on increased crime reporting in the media. Information long surpressed under Ben Ali is ...

Political party watch – updates on the state of Tunisia’s political parties

A CPR supporting car with Marzouki’s signature glasses. One of the continuing themes in Tunisian politics is the ever changing political landscape of Tunisia’s political parties. Changes within secular parties have become a daily occurrence, and the upcoming assembly of Ennahdha and the legalization of at least one Salafist party have ...
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