Regions / Tunisia
Literally: Over 120 disillusioned Tunisians immolated themselves since the start of 2015.
The attacks on Tunisia are, in part, blowback from the NATO attack on Libya that brought an end to Gaddafy’s rule.
Tunis’s Bardo Museum, site of a recent jihadi attack, reflects Tunisia’s multi-cultural history.
With 30% unemployment, jihad becomes more appealing by the day as Tunisia offers young people a future filled with words, not deeds.
Three reasons to be (a little) cheerful about the state of the world last year.
Little has been done to address the economic crisis in Tunisia other than to accept foreign loans with their usual austerity strings attached.
Both leading parties in Tunisia, Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes, are committed to neoliberalism and structural adjustment.
Religious tensions, remnants of the police state, and a broken-down neoliberal economic model imperil Tunisia’s otherwise impressive democratic transition.
Claims of success for the “Tunisian transition” are premature.
With secular autocrats and rigid Islamists equally discredited in the Arab world, the space is wide open for progressive democrats to save the Arab spring.