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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Paradises of the earth: activism and film production

Hamza Hamouchene, producer of the groundbreaking web documentary Paradises of the Earth, talks about the reasons that led him to embark on this amazing project.

Paradises of the earth, Part 2: Redeyef [video]

The second episode of the ground-breaking web documentary series “Paradises of the Earth” follows an international solidarity caravan to the second stop of the trip:  Redeyef, a marginalised and polluted mining town in Tunisia.

Paradises of the earth, Part 1: Gabes [video]

The first episode of the ground-breaking web documentary series “Paradises of the Earth” follows an international solidarity caravan to the first stop of the trip: the Mediterranean oasis of Gabes in southern Tunisia.

But what was so appealing about ISIS?

What happened before, during and after the Tunisian revolution that made the Islamist morbid utopia seem possible and attractive?

The anti-Islamist campaign and Arab democracy

Egyptians, Libyans, Tunisians, and other Arabs deserve better than to be told that they must choose between extremism and chaos or autocracy.

In pictures: Chouftouhonna – a North African feminist festival

This unique arts festival began in 2015, in post-revolutionary Tunisia. This year it challenged patriarchy, gender roles, and class privileges.

Attacks on Tunisia’s transitional justice process threaten women’s advancement

Continued attacks on the transitional justice process in Tunisia will weaken the gains made by women, and prevent an inclusive transition to democracy.

Despite Tunisia's positive reforms, more changes are needed

Many in Tunisia feel that the lifting of the ban on women marrying non-Muslims is merely a small step, and greater democratic reforms are needed.

Another case of energy colonialism: Tunisia’s Tunur solar project

The unrestricted flow of cheap natural resources from the global south to the rich industrialized north, maintains a profoundly unjust international division of labour.

Political Islam in Tunisia: a history of Ennahda and the Tunisian exception

A review of Anne Wolf's Political Islam in Tunisia: A History of Ennahda, a book that presents the hidden history of Tunisia’s main Islamist movement, from the 1960s until the post-revolution present.

The politics of nudity as feminist protest – from Ukraine to Tunisia

Frontline activists, including women who use their topless bodies as political statements, are gathering in London to deplore threats to free expression worldwide.

تونس : النفط واعتصام الكامور بين الحقيقة و المغالطات

يعود ملف النفط والثروات الطبيعية في تونس الى الواجهة الاعلامية كلما تصاعدت الاحتجاجات على غرار التحركات الاجتماعية الاخيرة في تطاوين

Tunisi’s dream, Erdogan’s nightmare

“Our principles remind us that not justice, but oppression will inevitably result from an unrestrained one-man rule that is unaccountable, unchecked and unstoppable…”.

Tunisia’s struggle against corruption: time to fight, not forgive

A new economic reconciliation law protects clientelist structures in Tunisia and replaces the process of transitional justice, but a real transition away from the old authoritarian social contract will be impossible if it passes.

Blogging at the time of dictatorship

The Tunisian Internet Agency is responsible for harming national memory. Questions need to be answered and those responsible need to be held accountable.

Jemna in Tunisia: an inspiring land struggle in North Africa

Jemna is a beacon of hope for a Tunisia and needs to be supported, celebrated and emulated for the sake of its people and for our sake.

The victims of tyranny and the need for transitional justice in Tunisia

It is important that a law be enacted to criminalize the whitening of dictatorships so that those longing for the past stop their hopeless ventures of trying to falsify history.

Tunisia’s moment of truth: process, outcomes, expectations

The historic televised public testimonies of survivors of the repressive regimes in Tunisia since 1950s can open the way for transitional justice in the country.

Tunisia: performing justice in difficult times

The Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia faces many challenges holding its first public hearings in the country’s transitional justice process.

US drone base in Tunisia: expanding a borderless war against terror to North Africa

By normalising the use of drones, the US might be planting a seed that people in the Arab world reject: the seed of arbitrariness.

Fighting for climate/environmental justice in the Maghreb

Environmental problems need to be analysed in a comprehensive way with consideration to social justice, entitlements and fair redistribution.

Sowing the seeds of conflict in the Middle East

Whatever else they were guilty of, the two authors of the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, George Bush and Tony Blair, displayed an astonishing ignorance of history.

Kerkennah: on the frontline of resistance to the fossil fuel industry in Tunisia

The effects of climate change and neoliberalism converge in Kerkennah in the worst possible way – but the islands are fighting back.

Why airstrikes on ISIS in Libya could worsen the situation in Tunisia

Concerns that bombing ISIS in Libya might destabilise Tunisia were tragically confirmed last week, as ISIS militants assaulted military and security facilities in Ben Guerdane, killing more than 50 people.

Something is rotten in the state of Tunisia

Tunisia’s foreign friends would do well to remember that in 2011 there was a revolution in, not of the system. The current state of stasis is not a good omen for the future.

Tunisia’s fight against its revolutionary youth

The threat of terrorism has been exploited to justify anti-democratic laws and an escalation of arrests and detentions, apparently more focused on silencing dissent than anything else.

Economic reform: tackling the root causes of extremism in Tunisia

A combination of political consensus, religious inclusion and economic stability is vital to combat the alienation, deprivation and chaos that lead to extremism.

UGTT and the culture of dialogue in Tunisia

On the fifth anniversary of the uprising, national dialogue is what brought Tunisia to where it is today.

Tunisia: the irresistible flow

Five years ago, today, it began. The uprisings had no master narrative – they were a series of micronarratives produced by ordinary people. 

Cooperation and economic dialogue: interview with Rafik Abdessalem

An interview with the former foreign minister of Tunisia and a senior party adviser to the Ennahdha party.

Tunisian civil society – life behind the Nobel Prize

Though civil society organizations are allowed to operate, their recommendations are often sidelined to accommodate ‘security’-centric approaches to ‘counterterrorism’. 

What is Tunisia's Nobel prize rewarding?

By reassuring the political and economic elite and backing the privatisation operation led by sponsors and donors, this Nobel peace prize could well be one for ‘social peace at all costs’.

Your fatwa does not apply here

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed Karima Bennoune as Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights. Bennoune is the author of the book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.

In defence of Tunisia’s democratic sovereignty

Tunisia's sovereignty is already at risk, and its destiny now seems to depend largely on negotiations between an international oligarchy and the national plutocracy.

'Something wicked this way comes': the Arab transitions (part 1)

An excerpt from a NOREF report on the background to the current situation in the Middle East, focusing on the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring'. Part one: North Africa, Egypt and the Gulf.

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