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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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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.

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  • 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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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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Tunisia’s Political Rancor Cancels Ennahda-Salfist Honeymoon – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The Salafists are only angry with Ennahda. They have no doubt that it is the ruling party that is spearheading the campaign against them.

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  • “The enemy is Ennahda.” That short sentence perfectly summarizes what the Tunisian Salafist movements’ activists and supporters are thinking.
  • The Salafists are only angry with Ennahda. They have no doubt that it is the ruling party that is spearheading the campaign against them.
  • They exchange a video of the “tyrant” Rachid Ghannouchi, whose discourse has dramatically changed after he came to power. The title of the video is “Tunisia’s tyrant is moving closer to the West by using the blood of Muslims defending their Prophet.”
  • Ennahda leaders are speaking in two voices. On the one hand, they are trying to placate Westerners by making many interviews and statements that emphasize the primacy of the law and the state. Rafik Abdessalem was dispatched to Washington to reassure Hillary Clinton who, with a little diplomacy, harshly reprimanded him. They are using the attack on the embassy to demonize the Salafists and the “outlaws.” But on Tunisian media, their discourse is different and they are more or less conciliatory toward the Salafists.

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