In Tunisia, hope for a bright future

“Right after the revolution, in 2012, I returned to Tunisia to see my family,” Inès Manai wrote in an email earlier this month of the photo report posted here. “When I was walking in the streets of Tunis, I saw an evolution. The girls I remembered confined to their houses …

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Echoes of Tunisia in Morocco as protests continue

RABAT, Morocco (AFP) – Morocco has arrested 11 people suspected of manslaughter following the death of a fish seller whose crash in a garbage truck sparked protests, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was accidentally killed on Friday in the northern town of Al-Hoceima as he tried to protest …

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Not Arab, and proud of it – Foreign Policy

At first glance, nothing in the 25-year-old Tunisian musician Abdelhak Mahrouk distinguishes him. He has a serious but unkempt demeanor, eyes splayed and downcast, and a messy mop of black hair that reaches the top of a slightly twisted widow. His wispy goatee makes him look young for his age. …

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Integration of Tunisian Islamists – Foreign Policy

In May, the head of the the biggest party in the Tunisian parliament made a dramatic announcement. “There is no longer any justification for political Islam in Tunisia”, noted Rached Ghannouchi, explaining why his Ennahda party has decided to distance itself from its Islamist origins and to redefine itself as …

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Who are the Amazighs of Egypt? – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

CAIRO – Visitors to the Siwa oasis quickly notice the friendliness of the people who welcome them. With warm smiles, the residents of the oasis take pride in showing visitors their cultural heritage and traditions. Unlike many other parts of Egypt, the Siwa Oasis, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) east …

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