Ten days after a largely boycotted vote on a new Constitution pushed forward by president Kais Saied, official results have yet to be announced, while a new IMF loan is urgently needed to keep the country afloat. The coming weeks will be crucial for the destiny of the young North African democracy.
- Contrary to what most readers of the written press think, satire has played an important role in the Tunisian media landscape as it always has done in publications such as ‘Le Canard Enchaîné’ and ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in France. In fact, satire was never more manifest in Tunisia, than it was preceding independence. Wielding this particular style as their sword, our journalistic knights, in upholding their belief in freedom of expression, sought to combat political correctness and continue the crusade against censorship, while cleverly evading prohibitions and taboos with great subtlety.
- From Egypt to Tunisia, from Algeria to Morocco, Islamist and democratic hopes alike have been dashed, or crashed. Time to reflect on how that could happen.
- The poorly known Tunisian geologist was tasked by President Saied of forming a new government. Will she have any space to deliver?
- Tunisia’s President Kaïs Saïed has announced the extension “until further notice” of the state of exception. While free voices are increasingly intimidated.
- Eighty-seven per cent of Tunisians support the President’s decision to ‘freeze’ parliament’s work for 30 days. Yet the danger of an authocratic swing is high.
- While the repression has crushed any form of political dissent, recent labor movement initiatives suggest the ideas of self-emancipation and participation have not vanished.
- The Arab spring uprising opened the way to public debates inconceivable in North African countries before 2011. Yet, the reaction of the Cairo authorities has been very hostile to “free thinkers”, including citizens who eschew religion.
- Anniversaries are always good occasions to critically evaluate the trajectory of extraordinary social and political happenings.
- Political repression in Egypt ravaged the Jama’at al Ikhwan al Muslimiin, the Muslim Brotherhood, formerly the strongest and most organized opposition group in the country.