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Anti-government protests hit Tunis

Anti-government protests hit Tunis | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, calling for the resignation of the Islamist-led government.

The rally marked a 40-day mourning period since the killing of opposition MP Mohammed Brahmi in July.

His murder, along with the shooting of another prominent leftist politician in February, have sparked mass protests.

Talks between the opposition and the ruling Ennahda party have so far failed to achieve a major breakthrough....

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Turmoil hits Tunisia after secular politician slain

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead on Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere.

"This criminal gang has killed the free voice of Brahmi," his widow, Mbarka Brahmi, told Reuters, without specifying who she thought was behind the shooting outside their home in Tunis.

Brahmi's sister later accused the main Islamist Ennahda party of being behind the killing. "Ennahda killed my brother," Souhiba Brahmi said. Ennahda has condemned the killing....

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'Arab Spring' Leaders Receive 2012 George Meany- Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award

'Arab Spring' Leaders Receive 2012 George Meany- Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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At the ceremony, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recognized the labor movements throughout the Arab region for their ongoing role in the struggle for democracy:

I’m proud to honor the brave working people of Bahrain and Tunisia, who transformed a wave of protests into the mass movement of democracy and economic equality that has come to be known as the Arab Spring. Unionists are a leading voice against corruption, for women’s rights and for a robust democracy with the rights of working people at its core…

Their courage inspires us, and we at the AFL-CIO have been proud to join the unions of Tunisia and Bahrain in this struggle. We will use every available channel to pursue the fundamental human rights that they so courageously champion. And we will not stop until you’ve achieved the goals you want and need. ...

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Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini Human Rights Activist: Tunisia’s Support is a “Moral Obligation” : Tunisia Live

Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini Human Rights Activist: Tunisia’s Support is a “Moral Obligation” : Tunisia Live | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini Human Rights Activist: Tunisia’s Support is a “Moral Obligation”, Tunisia's first news website. We aim to connect Tunisia to the world and offer an independent and verified information.
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Tunisia’s assembly elects human rights activist as interim president

Tunisia’s assembly elects human rights activist as interim president | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s new assembly chose a veteran rights activist Monday as the country’s first democratically elected president.
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Tunisia's democracy blooms as model for Arab Spring

Tunisia's democracy blooms as model for Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Smooth elections, a coalition between moderate Islamists and secularists, and an explosion of civic life are propelling Tunisia forward as a model for the Arab Spring.
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Tunisian parties lay down road map for new constitution and future elections

Tunisian parties lay down road map for new constitution and future elections | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisian political parties agreed Thursday on a roadmap for the country’s transition to democracy, planning for parliamentary elections in just over a year — a relatively short timeline designed to prevent further instability.
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Islamism with Hill and Ajami: Chapter 4 of 5 - Uncommon Knowledge - National Review Online

Overview of the Arab-spring!
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Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions | News by Country | Reuters

Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions | News by Country | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI, July 23 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi criticised on Saturday the popular uprising in neighbouring Egypt that forced Hosni Mubarak from power this year as the Libyan leader battles rebels who have...
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Tunisian Revolution: Pressing Play Button Again « Kacem4change's Blog

Tunisian Revolution: Pressing Play Button Again « Kacem4change's Blog | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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A lot of people used the Kasbah mosque nearby as a shelter to hide from the police, yet the corrupted police continued throwing the tear gas bombs inside causing a state of panic and shock, several older people to pass out. Everyone was so angry at the attack on the holiness of the mosque.
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The Media Line

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With Islamic fundamentalists flexing their muscles, secularists speak up

Fearing the gradual religious takeover of a country widely considered the most progressive in the Arab world, liberal and secular Tunisians have begun asserting their country's freedom of faith.

At least 1,000 Tunisians demonstrated in the capital Tunis on Thursday to voice their support for Tunisia's secular character which they feel is now under threat.
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Tunisia Court Sentences Ousted President to 15 Years

Tunisia Court Sentences Ousted President to 15 Years | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Tunisian court on Monday sentenced ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to 15 years in prison. The former leader was not present for the trial where he faced charges of trafficking in drugs, weapons and archaeological artifacts.
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Party in Tunisian ruling coalition demands new government

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The secular Ettakatol party called for the coalition led by the Islamist Ennahda party to step down.

"We have called for the dissolution of the government in favor of a unity government that would represent the broadest form of consensus," Lobni Jribi, a party leader, told Reuters.

"If Ennahda refuses this proposal, we will withdraw from the government."

The threat by one of its own allies will ratchet up pressure on Ennahda, which has resisted opposition demands for the government's fall, and could encourage further defections....

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Tunisian FEMEN Activist Faces New Charges · Global Voices

Tunisian FEMEN Activist Faces New Charges · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Tunisian FEMEN activist Amina Tyler is set to appear before a judge to face new charges on June 5, the secular opposition's lack of support to the young woman is met with criticism.
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Tunisia conference supports Bahrain revolution

Tunisia conference supports Bahrain revolution | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A group of Tunisian bloggers hosted the “Bahraini Revolution from Tunisian Eyes” conference, also known as “Friends of Bahrain,” which was held today, March 3rd at the Hotel Majestic in downtown Tunis, in order to show support for the ongoing Bahraini Revolution.

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Tunisia: "Bahrain Free Free, Khalifa Out Out”

Tunisia: "Bahrain Free Free, Khalifa Out Out” | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a remarkable statement Thursday, the new president of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki stressed his country’s support to the Bahrain people, who are peacefully revolting against the dictatorship of the King of Bahrain Hamad Al Khalifa.

"Bahrain Free Free, Khalifa Out Out”, Marzouki boldly said after a meeting with reporters in the capital city of Tunisia, calling upon the king of Bahrain to step down.

Marzouki also announced his advocacy of the Bahraini people’s revolution and noted that it is an issue of Arab peoples living under dictatorship regimes.

“Bahrainis are suffering from corruption, injustice and oppression just like what Tunisians had suffered.”

[Such Wisdom from this newly elected President....Tunisia is in good hands.....

Yasqot Hamad!]

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Tunisia's new assembly holds historic first session

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's constitutional assembly, elected after a revolution that inspired the Arab Spring uprisings, held its opening session on Tuesday, described by officials as an historic step...
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Tunisia opens first election campaign since uprising

Tunisia opens first election campaign since uprising | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's cities were decorated with posters for hundreds of candidates from scores of new parties when campaigning began on Saturday for what is billed as the first free election in...
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In home of Arab Spring, a desire for more

In home of Arab Spring, a desire for more | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - In the offices of one of Tunisia's many political parties, a poster captures the fear that keeps people returning to the streets. It shows a woman in the midst of a protest.
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How Islamists Can Save Tunisia's Revolution - Atlantic Mobile

How Islamists Can Save Tunisia's Revolution - Atlantic Mobile | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Al-Nahda, the country's Islamist political party, appears to also be one of the best prepared for the upcoming elections. Liberals and secular activists, many of whom led the revolution, fear that Islamists will ultimately come out on top, rolling back one of the most progressive countries in the Arab region. But what would al-Nahda political participation, and even its electoral success, really mean for Tunisia? To try and understand, we must start at the country's founding.
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Islamists urge national reconciliation in Tunisia

Islamists urge national reconciliation in Tunisia | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A senior official of Tunisia’s Islamist movement Ennahda (Renaissance) on Sunday called for national reconciliation during a rally held in the hometown of the country’s late first president, Habib Bourguiba.
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Six months on, Tunisian revolution disappoints some

Six months on, Tunisian revolution disappoints some | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - A short while ago, Adel Klaifa was used to members of the Tunisian president's family coming to the beach and riding on his camels.The only problem was that they refused to pay like...
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EA WorldView - Home - Tunisia Snapshot: The Economic Fallout of the Uprising & Libya

EA WorldView - Home - Tunisia Snapshot: The Economic Fallout of the Uprising & Libya | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tunisia's fallout from the Libya uprising....Revolution is contagious!
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Maan News Agency: Ben Ali gets 15 years in jail over drugs, weapons charges

Maan News Agency: Ben Ali gets 15 years in jail over drugs, weapons charges | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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