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Mother of man who set off Tunisian revolt jailed

July 14th, 2012 Comments off

The mother of the fruit-seller whose self-immolation set off Tunisia’s uprising has been jailed on accusations she verbally assaulted a judge.
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Extradition of Libyan ex-PM ‘illegal’: Tunisian president

June 24th, 2012 Comments off

Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki denounced the extradition of Moamer Kadhafi’s former prime minister to Libya as “illegal” late Sunday, in a broadside at his country’s Islamist prime minister.
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Raids take place on weapons from Libya

June 24th, 2012 Comments off

Members of the Tunisian Army and air force have been mustered to stop arms coming in from Libya.
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Tunisia bans rival protests set for Friday

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

The Tunisian government has banned a series of marches planned for this Friday by hardline Islamists and rival groups citing concerns of possible violence in the country, which is grappling with rising religious tension as it struggles to emerge from years of secular dictatorship.
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Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced to life in absentia

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ruled Tunisia from 1987 to 2011A Tunisian court sentenced ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in absentia, to life in prison for presiding over the bloody protest crackdown that ignited the Arab Spring.

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Tunisia: Ben Ali’s 50 Cars to Be Auctioned Off

June 6th, 2012 Comments off

The first eight of some 50 cars owned by the family of deposed Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have been shown to the public prior to auction.

The auction included two Fiat 500s, a Berlingo, a Mercedes 200, a Cabriolet, a Patrol Nissan, a Golf4, and an Isuzu D-Max. Tunisians from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds seized the opportunity to scrutinize the cars of their former ruling family.
According to Mohamed Lassad Hmaied, a member of the Management Commission, the remaining 42 cars — including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Cadillacs — will be exposed to the public at El Kram fair, held during the months of July and August.

It isn’t clear how many family members used these 50 cars.

My family has a Kia and a Saturn, but can’t auction them as we need then, Sorry, you’ll hae to try for the Lamborghinis.


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Muslim Brotherhood in Power

June 5th, 2012 Comments off
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior ruled that live ammunition can be used against protesters in certain cases.  

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Prosecutors seek death for former Tunisian dictator

May 24th, 2012 Comments off

TUNIS Former Tunisian President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, who has been charged in absentia with ordering the killings of anti-government demonstrators and was forced to quit office, could be given the
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New Blog: Tunisian Literature (in English)

May 11th, 2012 Comments off

Via the great literary blog Arabic Literature (in English) we are informed of a new blog: Tunisian Literture (in English). run by Tunisian poet Ali Znaidi. It’s not only a welcome addition to the limited number of Arabic literature blogs in English, but also a sign of the growing role of English in Tunisia, a country where French remains, overwhelmingly, the second language and the primary cultural language of the elite.


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An Echo of Al-Andalus: Tunisia’s Ma’luf

March 13th, 2012 Comments off

Tunisias Online has a post about the Tunisian Ma’luf,, a traditional musical form originally brought to North Africa by refugees from Al-Andalus, Islamic Spain. (The city of Tunis became a major gathering place for those driven from Iberia; the fairly common tunisian surname Mourou is said to be Spanish Moro.) Along with the related term muwashahat and other terms applied to Andalusian survivals in Morocco (Andalusi) and Algeria (Gharnati, of Granada), the Ma’luf  is both a proud symbol of Tunisian tradition and an echo of a more distant time. Another article with a bit more technical information may be found here. And a Wikipedia piece here. But you don’t need to read about it:


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