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New Tunisia President urges return of country's Jewish population

New Tunisia President urges return of country's Jewish population | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Moncef Marzouk tells chief Tunisian rabbi that Jews are full citizens; Tunisia ousted longtime dictator Ben Ali in first of Arab Spring revolution.
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Event that sparked the Arab Spring

Event that sparked the Arab Spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rallies have marked the first anniversary of the event that triggered the Arab Spring uprisings.
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Tunisia: Occupy Bardo

Despite Tunisia's successful election in October, there has emerged a remarkable ideological split in the ranks. In Bardo, protesters are pressuring members of the National Constituent Assembly to pass eleven measures to further the goals of the revolution.

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Assessing Ennahda, Tunisia's Winning Islamist Party

Washington's embrace of Ennahda, Tunisia's leading Islamist movement, should be predicated on the party's actions matching its promises to foster an open, democratic society.
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Tunisian parties choose veteran human rights activist as country’s new interim president

TUNIS, Tunisia — A veteran human rights activist was selected as Tunisia’s new interim president on Tuesday, a party official says.
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Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld

Tunisia’s Jewish and Christian minorities put faith in Islamist-led democracy | FaithWorld | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Minority Jews and Christians are putting their faith in Tunisia's nascent democracy to ensure its new Islamist-led leadership respects their rights in this traditionally secular state.
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Tunisian women demonstrate to protect their rights

Tunisian women demonstrate to preserve their rights following Islamist election victory...
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Tunisia’s unlikely allies say they are ready to bury differences

Tunisia’s unlikely allies say they are ready to bury differences | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The interim government taking shape in Tunisia is an unlikely coalition of moderate Islamists and liberal secularists whose parties topped the poll in elections last month.
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Tunisian constitution will make no place for faith

Tunisian constitution will make no place for faith | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's Islamist-led government will focus on democracy, human rights and a free-market economy in planned changes to the constitution, effectively...
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Tunisia's Islamist victory good for women, says female figurehead

Tunisia's Islamist victory good for women, says female figurehead | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The female figurehead of Tunisia's victorious Islamist party has said that its brand of Islam would help rather than hinder the advancement of women across the Arab and Muslim world.

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Libya, Tunisia face obstacles on road to democracy

What a glorious week for the world. Free and fair elections in Tunisia, Moammar Khadafy's demise. All the fomentation and death brought by the Arab Spring have produced two new states that stand as shining examples -...
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Cradle of Tunisia revolt still angry at rulers

SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia (Reuters) - This provincial Tunisian town became the cradle of the Arab Spring revolts nearly a year ago because residents were fed up with being talked down to by elites in the distant...
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Tunisia Islamists Back Tax Cuts, Stock Sales to Create Jobs

Iman Mathlothy says she voted for Tunisia’s Islamist party, Ennahdha, because it promised to create jobs and end corruption.
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Tunisia unveils Bouazizi statue

Tunisia unveils Bouazizi statue | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisians unveil a statue in honour of the man whose act of self-immolation a year ago unleashed the Arab Spring.
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Tunisia: The Arab Spring’s first president, almost

Tunisia: The Arab Spring’s first president, almost | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While there is hope that Tunisia’s first democratically elected president marks a fresh start, only time will tell if he can satisfy the expectations of his people.

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A Tunisian Islamist Looks to the Future

A Tunisian Islamist Looks to the Future | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Earlier in the week Israel Hayom reported that the new Tunisian constitution may include “a section condemning Zionism and ruling out any friendly ties with Israel.” Yesterday Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of al-Nahda (Revival), the main Islamist party that won more than 40 percent of the seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections two weeks ago, disputed the report. “I don’t think this clause will be included in the constitution,” said Ghannouchi.

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Tunisia: zero-sum game?

Tunisians are struggling to come to grips with the implications of their recent election. Despite widespread jubilation, they remain deeply cynical over the future of their politics as a whole.

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Final Tunisian election results confirm win for Islamist party

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s final election results confirmed the victory of an Islamist party, giving it a major say in the country’s new government and future constitution, the election commission announced Monday.
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Ennahda’s reformist Tunisian Islamism has a long paper trail

Ennahda’s reformist Tunisian Islamism has a long paper trail | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Islamist party Ennahda has sounded so moderate since winning Tunisia's first free election last month that it can be hard to see what role religion plays in its political thinking.
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Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote

Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Post-dictatorship Tunisia’s recent election for assembly benefitted women and showed the power of technology.
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A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine

A 'Muslim Brotherhood Crescent' Will Be Worse for U.S. Interests Than a 'Shia Crescent' – Tablet Magazine | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Eclipsed: U.S. policymakers fear a “Shia crescent,” a regional alliance led by Iran. A dawning “Muslim Brotherhood crescent” is far more threatening.
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Tunisia women activists accuse Islamist party of reneging pre-election promises

Tunisia women activists accuse Islamist party of reneging pre-election promises | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Tunisian women activists accused Ennahda party of giving false promises during its election campaign and reneging on them after winning a majority in the National Constituent Council in the first election the country witnessed after the ouster of President Zine Elabidine ben Ali’s regime.

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Does the Arab spring need a bill of rights?

Does the Arab spring need a bill of rights? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The hefty victory of an Islamist party in Tunisia's election kicks off a year of constitution writing. Urgently needed now is a bill of rights to guarantee freedom for all, regardless of creed or politics.
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Tunisians embrace democratic life

Tunisians embrace democratic life | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Allan Little finds Tunisians flexing their new democratic muscle as the country votes to find a new leader.
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