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Tunisia's Islamist party condemns attack on chief

Tunisia's Islamist party condemns attack on chief | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TUNIS — Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda, tipped to dominate elections later this month, on Saturday condemned an attack on the home of a television chief over alleged blasphemy, denying any role in it.

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Arab freedom vs geopolitics: a time of risk | openDemocracy

The Arab spring of 2011 has entered a new phase. In this period, the emerging dangers to the fulfilment of its promise of transformation include the dynamics of inter-state power in the region, says Tarek Osman.

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Islamist protesters attack Tunisian TV station over animated film Persepolis

Islamist protesters attack Tunisian TV station over animated film Persepolis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Islamists try to set fire to TV station that broadcast Marjane Satrapi's Oscar-nominated story about a girl growing up during the Iranian revolution...
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Tunisia's Islamists back moderate form of Sharia law - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Tunisia's main Islamist party, eyeing gains in upcoming elections, supports a moderate form of Sharia law that would combine "democracy, which is a Western product, with Islam, which is our own heritage," the party's leader told McClatchy.
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Tunisia Islamists storm university over veil ban | Reuters

(Reuters) - Islamists stormed a university in Tunisia Saturday after it refused to enrol a woman wearing a full-face veil, a staff member said, highlighting tensions over religion that are likely to dominate an election later this month.

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Libya: rebels 'seize Tunisia border post' - Telegraph

Libya: rebels 'seize Tunisia border post' - Telegraph | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Anti-government revolutionaries have seized a post along Libya's Tunisian border and routed more than 100 troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi, according to a rebel leader.
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Fleeing from war

The refugee emergency arising from the eruption of hostilities in Libya is assuming ever greater dimensions. In the worst such incident in recent years, more than 200 refugees from Ivory Coast, Somalia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa drowned last week after their overcrowded boat attempted to sail from Libya to Italy and sank in the Mediterranean Sea. About 25,000 people have arrived on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa since the start of this year, mostly from Tunisia.
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Ben Ali brother arrested in Tunisia -TAP

TUNIS, April 10 (Reuters) - Tunisian security forces have
arrested the brother of ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali,
the state TAP news agency said on Sunday.
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Islamist Protests in Tunisia

While Tunisia has avoided the instability that has threatened to push Egypt back into full-scale contestation, it is clear that tensions are rising and that those tensions are centering on the subject of Islam.
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Tunisia: Secular-Religious Tensions Signs of a Struggle for Identity?

Tunisian police on Sunday broke up a mob of angry Salafists who tried to attack a TV network that aired a film on the Iranian revolution, raising fears the growing movement could provoke more unrest just two weeks away from elections where...
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Democracy activists from North Africa observe election process in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Activists from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia observed Poland’s parliamentary election on Sunday to gain firsthand experience about how to hold the first democratic votes in their countries in decades.
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Islamists attack Tunis TV station

Islamists attack Tunis TV station | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Tunisia arrest dozens of Islamists who they say tried to attack a TV station in the capital, Tunis, in protest at the showing of the film Persepolis.
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Fedia Hamdi's slap which sparked a revolution 'didn't happen'

Fedia Hamdi's slap which sparked a revolution 'didn't happen' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hamdi denies driving Mohamed Bouazizi to take his own life, as all charges of striking the Tunisian stallholder are dropped...
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Tunisia has legal cases against Ben Ali - minister

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities have prepared 18 legal cases against former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, including "voluntary manslaughter" and "drug trafficking," the state TAP news agency said on Wednesday. The revelation was made by Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi in an interview aired on state television, TAP said.
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Tunisia's courts emerge slowly from shadow of Ben Ali

Although former president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali is gone, the court system he corrupted during 23 years in power is still intact.
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Tunisian border town cannot escape Libya's turmoil

Tunisian border town cannot escape Libya's turmoil | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ben Gardane, Tunisia - On the outskirts of Ben Gardane, a small Tunisian town 30 kilometres from the Libyan border, shops and warehouses are piled high with mattresses, rugs, tracksuits and dresses.
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