Articles tagged with: Tunisia

Youssef Cherif
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on : Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014

Departure of the Jedi

Tatooine, the fictional planet where most of Star Wars is set, and where main character Luke Skywalker’s home village Mos Espa is located, is actually director George Lucas' adaptation of the name Tataouine, a city in southern Tunisia. In other words, if you were to try to locate Star Wars on a real-life map, it would be in Tunisia. Despite this, Walt Disney, the company behind the film franchise, has decided to move its filming location elsewhere: the UAE. Ditching Tunisia for Abu Dhabi c...

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Eileen Byrne
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on : Thursday, 19 Jun, 2014

Truth Telling in Tunisia

Tunisia’s new Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC), launched this month, faces a complex and heavy workload. Its task is to investigate human rights abuses and corruption since 1955, later arbitrating compensation awards, vetting civil service appointments, and recommending reforms to avoid repetition of past abuses. Under the framework of the transitional justice law adopted last December that outlines its work, the duty of the new commission is also to preserve and document a “collective...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014

Tatbi’ in the New Tunisia

In March this year, less than two months after its new constitution was agreed, yet another controversy hit Tunisia when twenty Israeli passengers attempted to disembark from a...

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James Spencer
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on : Saturday, 10 May, 2014

Making Friends, Qatar-Style

For fifty years during the second half of the twentieth century, the Soviet Union and the West were locked in a Cold War, a period of mostly static adversity marked by ideologi...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Sunday, 27 Apr, 2014

Tunisia’s Example to Libya

Libya has made the transition from dictatorship, but it is now an anarchy calling itself a democracy. The chaos enveloping it was once also seen in neighboring Tunisia, where n...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Friday, 21 Mar, 2014

Everyone’s New Friend

In the early years after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the US was perceived as friendly. It was only in 1956 that its charismatic first president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, clearl...

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Caryle Murphy
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on : Wednesday, 5 Mar, 2014

Mr Ghannouchi Goes to Washington

Rachid Ghannouchi visited Washington recently and brought some welcome relief from the steady stream of bad news flowing out of the Arab world these days. The leader of Enn...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Tuesday, 4 Mar, 2014

Marzouki: Tunisia first democracy in the Arab world

Tunis, Asharq Al-Awsat—Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki vowed to defend human rights in Tunisia during a speech in Geneva on Monday, and said that his government would be t...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Wednesday, 26 Feb, 2014

Democracy in the Making

Tunisia’s next general elections will mark the end of its transitional period—but it is still unclear when elections will take place, what parties will run for office a...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Monday, 10 Feb, 2014

An Ending and a Beginning

Three years and six governments after Ben Ali's overthrow and the eruption of the Arab Spring, Tunisia has managed to avoid civil war, witnessed a peaceful transfer of power (three...

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