Tunisia: Arab Spring gone full circle?

Yousef Teclab Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Tunisia – a country several politicians and commentators in the West were quick to label as the success story of the Arab Spring. Whether in the media or among the corridors of power in London, Paris and Washington, the North African country was hailed and fawned over as the shining beacon of light in an Arab world currently plagued with war …

Protests erupt across Tunisia

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Protests have erupted across Tunisia, beginning in Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid (the birthplace of the Arab Spring) and spreading to include Siliana, Jendouba, El-Kef and Sousse. At least one policeman has been killed in what is being seen as some of the worst protests since 2011. Some youths have been setting themselves alight, reminiscent of Mohamed Bouazizi in 2011 who …

Thousands took to the streets in Tunis yesterday. But you probably did not hear about it.

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

Yesterday, on 31 October 2015, thousands of Tunisians took to the streets demanding the establishment of a benefits system to alleviate the difficulties of over 500,000 unemployed and protesting the lack of policies dedicated to tackling the rampant poverty across the country and, in particular, the inner regions. Mohamed El-Hechmi Hamdi, former presidential candidate and leader of the Tayyar al-Mahabba …

Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Soumaya Hamdi Western Europe

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

We must not abandon Tunisia

Nora Hamdi Discussion, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Tunisia is of vital importance to the democratic principles that we all hold dear. It is the only country from the Arab Spring that has successfully seen a transition from dictatorship to a true democracy through free and fair elections. The country now sees genuine political debate and discussion, and the plurality of political parties is reminiscent of the freedom we enjoy in Europe. As a result, this country should be supported with all we have to offer…

Interview with Laura Kasinof, author of ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen’

Sami Hamdi Discussion, Documentaries/Videos, Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

On 9 December 2014, Editor Sami Hamdi interviewed Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist whose work focuses on the Middle East. From 2011-2012, Kasinof reported for the New York Times from Yemen, covering anti-government protests and conflict that was part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab World. Kasinof has recently authored her new book Don’t be Afraid of the …