Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Among the many remarkable developments in Egypt is the apparent emergence of an as-yet secret group of “Free Police Officers” among the security forces. They claim to have a presence at the top of the Interior Ministry, pledge not to attack peaceful demonstrators, and call on fellow officers in the major cities and governorates to follow suit. They will reveal themselves “when the time is right,” since apparently National Security (formerly State Security) and the police inspectorate have been instructed to investigate them.

Who can say whether this is a small group of disgruntled officers sending news releases to Al Masry Al Yom, or a broader tendency or organization? Either way, morale cannot be high among police officers.


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Daily Egypt and Tunisia links 01/15/2013

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Photos of Mahdia that make me want to visit!
Erin is a former student of mine who now teaches in Tunisia. Her blog is definitely worth reading and following.

A Different Type of Education

Yes, this title is supposed to be a spin off of  “A Room with a View”.  And No, I have never read E.M. Forster’s book. But I probably know at least a half dozen people who have, that counts for something right?

I chose this title because it truly describes my recent trip to the seaside town of Mahdia. Although it was almost three weeks ago, looking through my pictures it feels like I was there this past weekend. This quiet sea-side town is absolutely gorgeous. It is a city that makes you feel at peace with the world. Walking through the streets,it was as if pieces of this city’s sunshine-speckled calmness snagged on my clothing and left me with mere strands to take back home with me.

Here are my ten favorite photos from that day:











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NCA Seeks National Dialogue over Draft Constitution – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

This process is clearly not perfect. But it seems far more transparent and responsive than the chaotic way the new constitution was put in place (imposed?) in Egypt.


  • Members of the NCA representing the local governorate, members of the Joint Board for Coordination and Drafting, and consultants for the NCA are meeting with the public, including students and concerned citizens
  • Additional meetings will be held abroad for members of the Tunisian diaspora to express their views
  • Constitutional law professor Kais Saied commended the NCA efforts to draw citizens’ participation, but expressed concern with the low level of attendance and the extent to which the public’s comments will be considered in the drafting
  • The first draft of the constitution, released in August 2012, was heavily criticized for failing to protect gender equality and free speech. Under pressure from civil society representatives, the NCA altered the clauses to remove ambiguity.
  • Dividing responsibilities and tasks among the president and the prime minister is still not decided


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Labor Union Demands Compensation for Families Affected in 2008 Uprising – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

History, not just compensation, at stake. UGTT remains one of the few political forces capable of challenging Nahda effectively, not only on economic issues.


  • The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) spearheaded a general strike yesterday in Redeyef two weeks after the NCA adopted Decree 97 in which only the families of the martyrs and wounded of the Jasmine revolution will be compensated. The strike directly protested the “exclusion of the martyrs and wounded of the 2008 revolution” from Decree 97, stated an official statement by the UGTT.
  • The primary purpose of reviewing Decree 97 to include the affected families in Redeyef is to establish “the historical truth” of the Jasmine revolution’s timeline, said Hajji.


    Redeyef’s residents undertook the 2008 uprising to protest against what they considered as unjust hiring practices by Gafsa Phosphate Company after the results of a round of hiring were announced on January 8, 2008. Five locals were killed and 41 wounded in the ensuing unrest.


    For him and the residents of Redeyef, the 2008 uprising laid the foundation upon which the Jasmine revolution could take form on December 17, 2010 in the town of Sidi Bouzid.


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Government Denies TAP Report of Insufficient Reserves – Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live

Extraordinary that TAP ran a story so dangerous to the government. Definitely not likely before the revolution.


  • TAP reported on Friday, January 4, that the state might not be able to pay public sector employees as the state’s treasury bank account had only 129 million dinars ($83 million) in December while public sector salaries for the month of January will cost significantly more than that.
  • Deputy Minister of Finance Slim Besbes clarified yesterday to TAP that the state will be able to pay public sector employees, adding that the budget has additional resources that do not appear on its treasury’s bank account.


    “There is no need to worry,” he told TAP.


    The minister of finance will be questioned before the NCA on Tuesday, January 8, in order to clarify the misunderstanding, Cheikhrouhou said.


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