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Dispatches: Tunisia – Nobel Prize Sends Message of Hope

President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui (L-R), Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abassi and President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Abdessattar ben Moussa arrive to give a news conference in Tunis September 21, 2013.

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By:  Amna Guellali human rights watch There was a time Tunisia looked set to follow the path of many of the popular uprisings during the Arab Spring – first hope, then a decent into bloodshed and chaos. What helped save Tunisia’s prospects was an extraordinary coming together of civil society groups that guided a national dialogue and charted a path …

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Tunisia: newly-elected Parliament holds first session


The new Tunisian parliament on Tuesday held its inaugural session, a landmark event in the nation’s transition to democracy after the 2011 revolution in the country that fuelled the region’s Arab Spring. After singing the national anthem, the National Constituent Assembly’s (NCA) speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar opened the parliament of 217 members elected in October. “Tunisia has managed to secure …

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The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink


By Ramzy Baroud As I was finalizing my research for this article, I found myself browsing through a heap of hilarious videos by mostly Egyptian TV show hosts Tawfiq Okasha and Amr Adeeb. In one of his numerous videos on youtube, Okasha, the star and host of the Cairo-based privately funded al-Faraeen channel, tries to explain the differences between the …

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Fraser Institute: Arab Spring Reforms Remain Ineffectual Due to Lack of Economic Freedom

A Tunisian protester holding bread confronts riot policemen during a demonstration in Tunis on January 18, 2011. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 22, 2014) – Despite the promise of the Arab Spring, most nations in the region have failed to reform their economies, largely leaving elite privilege in place, finds a new essay released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The essay,Institutions and Economic, Political, and Civil Liberty in the Arab World, …

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