Nov 29th, 2012
Who was Colonel Muammar Gaddafi? Was he a deadly Libyan tyrant and dictator as the Western media portrayed him – bent on assuming the leadership of the Arab world in the manner of Gamal Abdul Nasser? That Gaddafi was a driven and desperate man of that there is no question. When he deposed King ...
May 6th, 2011
Tunisian police have used tear gas and batons to break up protests demanding the resignation of the government in the most violent confrontation for weeks with pro-democracy demonstrators. A demonstration in central Tunis by about 200 people on Friday called for the resignation of the transitional go...
Apr 1st, 2011
Police fired tear gas Friday on stone-throwing youths in Tunisia’s capital after a demonstration by hundreds of Islamists protesting the country’s secular laws. The violence at the end of a day of peaceful, small protests disrupted a period of relative calm in the North African country, w...
Mar 3rd, 2011
Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda movement, banned for two decades until this week, could now join the government as cabinet resignations threatened a shaky transition to democracy, its leader said on Wednesday. Six ministers quit this week following deadly protests, leaving the caretaker government, ...
Feb 28th, 2011
Tunis – Tunisia’s interim president has named former government minister Beji Caid-Essebsi as the country’s new prime minister and called for calm to return after violent new protests. The appointment by caretaker President Fouad Mebazaa on Sunday comes just hours after long t Effic...
Jan 31st, 2011
Thousands of Tunisians turned out on Sunday to welcome home an Islamist leader whose return from 22 years of exile marks a powerful symbol of the change that has swept the country this month. Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda movement, has lived in London since he was exiled in 1989 by pr...
Jan 25th, 2011
Hundreds of Tunisians rallied on Tuesday in support of the interim government formed after the ousting of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, but later clashed with protesters demanding a purge of former regime loyalists. The government has struggled to assert itself in the face of street protests dem...
Jan 21st, 2011
We Arabs have been trapped between dictators and their friends in the west, but Tunisians have shown us a way out In the 1970s, the young Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was the most impatient exponent of Arab unity. In 1973, he flew to Tunisia in order to convince his next-door neighbour to f...
In Facts about Africa
Nov 6th, 2010
Home of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia has long been an important player in the Mediterranean, placed as it is in the centre of North Africa, close to vital shipping routes. In their time, the Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and French realised its strategic significance, making it a hub for cont...