Monthly Archives: October 2012

Racism in Tunisia: Breaking Down Taboos – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

That Tunisian identity is under construction at the same time as its post-revolutionary institutions are may seem self-evident, but is worth emphasizing. Revolutions mean risks and opportunities.

Tunisians of my acquaintance often emphasize the country’s cosmopolitanism, historically, linguistically, culturally etc. It may be that the multi-racial history of the Mediterranean, and of the different peoples who have settled in what is now Tunisia, has been stripped of some of its elements in order to emphasize the dominant narratives of Europe-facing and Arab identities. Tunisia’s African identity should be a source of pride and strength, and not reduced to the history of slavery.

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  • “Slavery is not uniquely related to blacks. There were many white slaves, who were called Mamlouk, but after being freed, those Mamlouk went from being former slaves to acquiring a social category while Black former slaves went to a racial category, which is as freed slaves,” said Salah Trabelsi, a Tunisian historian.
  • many Blacks in Tunisia still bear the legacy of slavery in their identity cards. Some have written in their cards “X, emancipated slave of Y,” or, for instance, Ahmed Atig (freed slave of) Ben Yedder
  • Many blacks in Djerba still shudder at this anachronistic reference in their identity cards
  • Tunisia is still under construction, and now  after the revolution people still did not fully grasp the meaning of who they are
  • “I think that Tunisians are receptive to the idea that other Tunisians may not be Muslim… So in that way, they acknowledge religious diversity in their country, yet I doubt they acknowledge the racial diversity in the same way,”
  • in my talks with black Tunisians, they shared with me that even though they speak the local language and some even wear the headscarf, they are still perceived to be foreigners in their own country

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Government Responds to Journalists’ Demands Following Media Strike – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

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  • Key among the journalists demands were the implementation of decrees 115 and 116. Issued after the revolution, the decrees were an attempt to ensure the freedom of the media. The prime ministry announced on Wednesday that the two decrees would be put into effect in the wake of the strike.
  • Some journalists are not so sure that the government concessions will be fully implemented to the degree striking journalists want.

     

    “It’s just a statement. We’ve seen no action. In fact, all that we’ve seen is stalling,” said Hayet Essayeb, a journalist from Dar Assabah, the newspaper that initiated the strike

  • an announcement by the government that they will be establishing a new internet-only television station. Called Kasbah TV, it will seek “to end the isolation of the government in local media and be able to provide information to citizens about the achievements of the government,” Economy Minister Ridha Saidi told Reuters

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Al-Joumhouri Party Announces Merger as Winning Strategy for 2013 Elections – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

The Bourguibist left and centre-left continues to coalesce (coagulate). Much of this seems to be driven by fear as much as a common approach, despite the mention here of an economic programme. What would such a programme look like? En-nahda seems to be sticking more or less to neo-liberalism with reduced corruption. Will the ‘secularists’ offer social democracy?

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Report: 88 tortured, 34 killed in Morsy’s first 100 days | Egypt Independent

If Morsi doesn’t get a handle on this quickly, he should expect no peace from protestors, the media etc. Of all the things that drove people into the streets in January 2011, Khaled Said’s battered face and the countless other abused bodies of Egyptians were at the top of he list.

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  • A report by the Nadim Human Rights Center said police abuses of human rights in Egypt have not changed significantly in the first 100 days of President Mohamed Morsy’s term, saying that dozens were either killed or tortured by police.

     

  • at least 34 cases of death at the hands of police in police stations, prisons or the streets
  • seven cases of rape, mostly of men and minors, with one case of a woman detained at a police station
  • eight cases of activists who were kidnapped and detained in unknown places, interrogated by unknown men, beaten and tortured
  • forceful dispersion of at least ten protests, including protests by Nile University students, teachers and organized labor

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Blasphemy Article Moved to Constitution Preamble – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

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  • According to Constituent Assembly members, a controversial article has been moved from the section on rights and liberties to the preamble of Tunisia’s draft constitution. Nicknamed “the blasphemy law,” the article was proposed by ruling political party Ennahdha and prohibits “insults, profanity, derision, and representation of God and Mohammed.”

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And once again, the Tunisians do it better. RT : A

And once again, the Tunisians do it better. RT @mpoppel: AFP: #Tunisia leaves blasphemy clause out of new constitution

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