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 …