Tunísia

Topless Tunisian Femen Protester Amina 'Admitted To Psychiatric Ward By Her Family'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Topless Tunisian Femen Protester Amina Tyler 'Is Home & Well', Says Lawyer A 19-year-old Tunisian activist who was threatened with death by...

The Week That Was: £££s in Headlines

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

What do you reckon George Osborne is regretting most about the past week? The loopholes in the latest Budget, or his decision to join Twitter a few hours before he presented it? Twitter isn't exactly the most welcoming of destinations for public figures - it's not exactly the friendliest of places for anyone with more than about 43 followers - but jump on in and you never know, the water might be warm... or shark infested if you're the Chancellor of the Exchequer. If you were feeling in the tiniest bit victimized this week, take just six seconds to browse the memes devoted to Georgie's first Twitter pic and I guarantee you'll feel a whole lot better about yourself.

Topless Tunisian Feminist Threatened With Death By Stoning

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK

UPDATE: 'Sisters, Until The Moment There Are No Stones, Bullets Or Blood In Your Religion, We Will Fight It': Inna Shevchenko Pens a Full Response T...

Freedomphobes

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Inna Shevchenko

We are at war... A war between two eras. A war between a mentality that belongs to Middle Ages and a 21st Century mentality. A war between civilization and backwardness, between freedom and oppression, war between democracy and dictatorship.

The Harlem Shake In Tunisia - Big Compliment to Inobedience

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Despite the craziness of the moves I somehow see this protest dancers in Tunisia as part of a long inspiring tradition of ordinary people who became famous or at least influential because they didn't accept 'business as usual' and the repressive laws related to it.

Who Owns 'Humanism'?

Ian Linden | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK
Ian Linden

What would happen if the different faiths began automatically adding 'humanism' to their names, Islamic humanism, Buddhist, Judaic, Hindu, Christian humanism, for example - then explored what each meant. We'd probably end up with a rich dialogue based on a celebration of two great realities: our shared humanity and the richness of our different religious traditions.

No Echoes of the Arab Spring in Tunisian Protests Over Death of Chokri Belaid

Felix Tusa | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Felix Tusa

These protests have not been like the events of two years ago. What has been occurring in Tunisia can be split into two separate groups: honest protesters calling for the removal of a government that they believe encouraged the murder of Chokri Belaid, and rioters attempting to benefit from the state of crisis.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Misery And Hardship'

Mehdi Hasan | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 8 February 2013... 1) 'MISERY AND HARDSHIP' So the real villain of the row over disability and incapa...

Lessons from Egypt's Past Could Prompt Optimism for the Future

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Recent Egyptian history, therefore, provides a model for overcoming a protracted period of uncertainty, a disruptive military presence in politics, a growing Islamist movement and a deteriorating economy.

Planet Appetite: Sahara International Festival in Douz, Tunisia

Rupert Parker | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The oasis of Douz in Tunisia stages its 45th International Festival on the edge of the Sahara and, after the austerity imposed by the velvet revolution, it's even better than ever.

Tunisia is a Cat Lover's Paradise

Zahra Razavi | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

When I decided to visit Tunisia, I imagined vast desert landscapes, beautiful monuments and delicious culinary infusions. My week spent exploring the country provided all of these features, and a rather unexpected but fantastic surprise...Tunisian cats!

British Muslims Split Along Sectarian Lines Over Arab Uprisings

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
H.A. Hellyer

For more than a decade I have been studying the community dynamics of Muslim Britons. Their views on the Arab uprisings are intriguing: sectarian fears, disappointments, scepticism, hope and ethnic concerns are all there.

What an Obama Victory Means for the Rest of the World

Nick Purves | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Purves

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.pngThis year, the prevailing feeling is one of relief. An election that has been fueled by fear and cynicism means that Obama's supporters are not so much elated to have won but more relieved not to have lost.

Islamists and Democracy

Tam Hussein | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

The biggest mistake would be to treat all Islamists as one monolithic whole.

Opening Ceremony 'NHS Hospital Beds' To Be Donated To Tunisia

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

More than 300 hospital beds which featured in the Olympics opening ceremony to celebrate the NHS are to be donated to hospitals in Tunisia. The lum...

Tunisia: 'Free Until When'?

Lina Ben Mhenni | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK
Lina Ben Mhenni

In October 2011, Reporters Without Borders, long banned in Tunisia, opened their bureau in Tunis. They chose to simultaneously launch a national campaign on freedom of speech's role in building a democracy. As a slogan they chose: "Free Until When?"

Trading On Democracy

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The Arab Spring, little anticipated but much welcomed, brought with it the promise of change - towards modern democracies respectful of all and to open economies that will create jobs and wealth.

Europe Cannot Afford to Let Tunisia Fail

Humza Yousaf | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Politics
Humza Yousaf

Having recently come back from a few days in Tunisia, meeting with the President, members of the major political parties and the youth who were so courageously at the forefront of the movement to topple the dictatorial regime of Ben Ali - it is clear that the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Tunisia's journey to democracy.

The Day Bashar's Mask Slipped

Shadi Alshhabi | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK
Shadi Alshhabi

29 March was the day the mask fell and Syria saw the true evil face of its 'Democratic' leader. 29 March was the day my eyes were opened. It was the start of this revolution for me. 29 March was a sad day indeed.

Former Diplomat Contests Tunisian Leader on Gay Rights

Dan Littauer | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK
Dan Littauer

Farhat Othaman is a researcher and author. He was a senior diplomat who was unfairly dismissed by the administration of the former regime. In his letter he asks Ghannouchi to clarify the direction of Tunisia with respect to freedom of belief, speech, human and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Syria: A Geo-Political Game Changer

Jody Sabral | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK
Jody Sabral

It would be nice to think that Assad would eventually move over - not unlike what happened in Yemen - to pave the way for a slower and more stable transition to a brighter future for the Syrian people that would hopefully lower the death toll, but is this realistic? Time will tell.

Gleickgate: Self-Immolation For the Greater Good

Michael Brooks | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK Tech
Michael Brooks

Sometimes your instinct for the bigger picture tells you to push a little harder than the rules allow. Scientists are human, and in most cases rather noble ones. Gleick is no exception. Is anyone sorry they now have a sense of how the anti-global warming lobby is organised and funded? No, I thought not.

'We Will Fight Until The Last Person' Syrians Say, As Shelling Pounds Homs

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK

Syrian activists have said they will "fight until the last person" as columns of tanks and armoured vehicles prepared to mount a ground assault on the...

The Rise of Political Islam Presents Challenges, But We're Not Doomed!

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

When Islamists of various stripes won 70% of the vote in Egypt, the temptation to say 'we're doomed' and give up was understandable. But it was fundamentally mistaken. If western powers set clear standards and make use of their economic leverage they can maximise their ability to shape the development of rising Islamist powers in the Middle East.

Women, the Islamist Moment and Us

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

We need to face some depressing facts about the Arab Spring and develop a robust policy response. While the Arab Spring has opened up opportunities for women in the long-term, in the short-term the google-generation has - for now, at least - been pushed aside by the hard men of the military and the long-established Islamist parties.