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By Marwan Muasher When the Arab awakening began in 2011, its primary goal should have been to advance pluralism and democracy – causes that were neglected in the Arab world’s first, anti-colonial awakening in the 20th century. But, after three years of struggle, the process has only just begun. Will the second Arab awakening finally …
Reuters – The private sector arm of the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank plans to increase its activities in Africa, part of plans to widen the appeal of Islamic finance across the region, its chief executive said. Established in 1999, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) supports the economic development of …
The hostage, Mohamed ben Sheikh, is shown crying during the five minute video as he calls on Tunisia’s president to help rescue him
World Bank has helped finance several projects in various sectors during the past year
A source close to the talks said on Tuesday that there was a proposal which could see Pollard freed before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins mid-April.
The North African country hopes to welcome 7 million tourists this year, a slight increase on the 6.9 million who visited in 2010 before the revolution that ousted a decades-old dictatorship and unleashed outbreaks of Islamist violence that damaged Tunisia’s reputation.
Egyptians know now what it was like to watch the Tahrir Square uprising in 2011 from outside of the country – because the same kind of media attention was recently projected on Ukraine. This country, which hasn’t been the subject of monthly breaking news for a while – let alone daily breaking news – has …
Tunisia’s economic recovery since its 2011 “Arab Spring” revolution has been hampered by political instability, social unrest and Islamist violence.
How would the man who ignited the Arab Spring view his unintended legacy?
It is the biggest loan package Tunisia has received since the 2011 revolution that toppled autocratic president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
AFP – Jobless Tunisian protesters have torched a police post in the impoverished central region of Gafsa, where social discontent is rife over high unemployment despite the strategic importance of its phosphate mines. The demonstrators set fire to the building in the town of Metlaoui late on Tuesday and confronted policemen, an AFP journalist reported. …
AFP – Around 400 Tunisian jihadists have returned from fighting in the Syrian war, the interior minister said, sparking fears that the battle-hardened militants could fuel Islamist violence back home. Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has been rocked by sporadic violence linked to Muslim extremists who were suppressed under the regime of ousted strongman Zine …
The whole plane was completely burnt out.
Tunisia has been wracked by violence blamed on jihadist groups since the January 2011 Arab Spring revolution that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Lebanon, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Qatar and Kuwait are among the world’s lesser developed markets and are outperforming more mainstream emerging markets
The formation of a new government comes after weeks of horse-trading and is the cornerstone of a roadmap to end a political crisis that has plagued Tunisia since the assassination of two opposition MPs in 2013.
The line-up was only agreed after weeks of horse-trading and will replace the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, which accepted last year to step down as part of deal to end a crippling political crisis.
Tunisia’s dominant Islamist party Ennahda said it expected elections to take place in October.
Marzouki was the first to sign the charter which the national assembly adopted by an overwhelming majority in an overnight session.
The prime minister named a caretaker cabinet tasked with organising fresh polls
Three police officers have been held in custody in connection with the case, two of them, Chawki Ben Ammar and Walid Feriani, on rape charges and the third on charges of extortion.
The emerging Tunisian constitution is profoundly encouraging on multiple fronts, especially equal rights
A two-thirds majority of parliament’s 217 elected members is then needed to adopt the charter and avoid it being put to a referendum.
The main groups demonstrating were supporters and critics of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that was voted to power after Ben Ali’s downfall, but which finally resigned last week under an agreement to end months of political turmoil.
Scattered protests over economic hardships have broken out as Tunisia‘s new prime minister takes office to lead a caretaker administration to end a crisis three years after its uprising ousted Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
Tasked with forming an interim government of technocrats and overseeing fresh elections
The Islamist Ennahda party has been under mounting pressure to relinquish the grip on power
The region is one of the poorest in Tunisia and was a hotbed of unrest during the January 2011 revolt that toppled veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The Islamists also agreed in recent months to drop their insistence on Islam being the main source of legislation, or criminalising “attacks on the sacred”.
They are equal before the law without discrimination,” states article 20 of the new charter, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out the 169 who voted.