Essebsi should take this crucial moment in Tunisian
history as an opportunity to reinvent himself, to rise to the many challenges
he faces—greatest of which is to unite Tunisians and support the democratic transition.
Not only did the Arab peoples revolt, but the power of their revolts was so significant and threatening to the regional geopolitical order that the regional powers had to diffuse the collective consciousness at any cost.
mounting social and security risks should prompt the west to engage with all
segments of Tunisian society to thwart the rise of sectarianism and
polarization, looming in the rest of the Middle East and North Africa.
The Arab Spring has regained force in Tunisia as the country takes important steps towards the democratic foundation of the second republic, the most important of which are the peaceful transfer of power, the ratification of the constitution, and the formation of a technocratic government.
On the first anniversary of Mohamed
Brahmi’s assassination, his widow, Mbarka Brahmi, denounces fundamentalism and terrorism
in Tunisia. She urges Tunisians not to support the Ennahdha party, and appeals for peace.
Like much of the rest of the Arab Spring, the urge of
the millennial generation across North Africa and the Middle East for a more
multicultural world seems far from realization, but they have put it on a
future Arab agenda. Its moment will return.
When international organisations declare a crisis over and refugee camps are closed, what happens to those who remain? Oliver Tringham reports on a pilot community project to restore rights and create livelihoods for refugees forgotten in the wake of the Arab Spring.
The world has been applauding Tunisia for its new progressive constitution and a new caretaker government of technocrats who are running the country until elections later this year. But do we have to accept ex-Ben Ali officials back into politics while the generation of change is being imprisoned?
Justice for those who died or were wounded in the revolutionary struggle
puts politicians in direct confrontation with the Ministries of Defence and the
Interior. No political party has
taken that risk.
is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the
modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and
articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination,
particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.
An op-ed from six youth activists in countries where official truth seeking initiatives are underway or being demanded reveals commonalities in the search for dignity, truth and acknowledgment of crimes.
choice is so easily reduced to a zero sum calculation between security and
democracy: the ‘apparatus’ having a considerable interest in making people feel
sufficiently insecure to renounce the democratic process in exchange for security. An interview.
The constitution was voted in during a period when belief in the status quo changing had lost all traction. Due to the security situation, public opinion was dominated by fear. As such, Tunisia's transition will have to take place on a different level, namely in the field of legislation and legal practice.
From an empirical-analytical point of view, what
has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died?
This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which
have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched
by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words)
The hopes that inspired the "Arab spring", of jobs as well as freedom, have hit a rock. But the setbacks since 2011 are part of a wider reordering of the global as well as the Arab landscape. Three years on, Francesc Badia i Dalmases assesses a fluid period.