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Kramer on FB: Medieval squalor in Tunisia

In his new memoirs, Bernard Lewis predicts that wherever the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists come to power, Muslims will “gradually sink back into medieval squalor.” Supporting evidence accumulates daily. Here, for example, is a Salafist demonstration in Tunisia (yes, the Tunisia that’s supposed to be the best-case scenario). It’s medieval squalor alright. Transcript: http://bit.ly/KYFDd1.

 

• Kramer on FB: Medieval squalor in Tunisia http://t.co/6TIRd9FE

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What future for Tunisia's Jews? by Kouichi Shirayanagi

What future for Tunisia's Jews? by Kouichi Shirayanagi | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Roger Bismuth, the president of the Tunisian Jewish community, has recently been campaigning against what he says is becoming almost a regular occurrence – of radical Islamist groups publicly calling for the killing of Jews. "I will be attending the Hiloula this year, mainly because President Marzouki and many ministers in the Tunisian government are scheduled to attend," he told me. "However, it is so difficult to organise a large event given the circumstances."

 

• What future for Tunisia's Jews? by Kouichi Shirayanagi http://t.co/TQ6eSMS6

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Tunisia’s press is coming under attack by Elliott Abrams

Ghannouchi’s failure to support freedom of expression is alarming. Ennahda dominates the new Tunisian government and parliament, so it will be difficult for liberal groups to defend press freedom if the ruling party will not do so.

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Forecast for Tunisia by Michael J. Totten

Forecast for Tunisia by Michael J. Totten | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Only Tunisia has managed to replace bullets with ballots. The government was freely elected. No party has a militia. The mukhabarat, the secret police, have evaporated. The army is small, and it stays out of politics. Tunisians have little choice but to battle it out ideologically and at the ballot box.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. If this period is but an interlude, if the country does end up falling to radical Islam, every Arab country will be at serious risk. For if political liberalism cannot take root even here, it won’t be taking root anywhere in that part of the world anytime soon.

 

• Forecast for Tunisia by Michael J. Totten http://bit.ly/JteO5d

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No to America and No to Radical Islam [in Tunisia] by Michael J. Totten

No to America and No to Radical Islam [in Tunisia] by Michael J. Totten | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Most Tunisians don't seem to understand Washington. And the administration does not seem to understand Tunis. Western governments, including the Obama administration, decided Ennahda is a moderate Islamist party that they can do business with, but secular and liberal Tunisians think that analysis is a load of old bollocks.

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