This dispute over whether Tunisia’s Nahda party has a secret radical agenda briefly revealed in a leader’s comment about a caliphate is all about nothing:
“Talks on forming a coalition government halted briefly this week after a secular party questioned the motives of its moderate Islamist partner amid intense jockeying for power.
“The trouble [...]
The death of Moammar Qadhafi should not crown out awareness of the fact that today is the day Tunisians start voting:
“Dozens of Tunisians who live in Egypt flocked to the Tunisian Embassy in Cairo on Thursday to cast their votes in the election for a constituent assembly that will be responsible for drafting [...]
Fouad Hamdan is optimistic for Tunisia:
“The explosion of newfound freedoms since President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14 after a three-week uprising is something no one can ever take away from Tunisians. If there is any consensus, it is that the hard-won freedom of expression is inviolable…
Rashid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia’s Islamist al-Nahda group, on religion and the state:
“Tunisians agree on the constitutional text even when they deeply disagree about religion. For instance, a move to make the state a neutral religious actor has strong appeal for those who wish to move toward a French-style secularism that minimizes the [...]
I’ve been extremely busy this week, and so am just catching up on things, but the ongoing protests in Egypt represent the most significant challenge ever faced by President Husni Mubarak. While on a research trip to the District of Columbia Tuesday, I attended this panel on Tunisia, and the question arose as to [...]
Tunisia’s government may have been based largely in the old ruling party, but it is acting quickly to open the political system:
“Tunisia’s transitional cabinet has decided to recognise all banned political parties and agreed on a general amnesty for all political prisoners.
“The interim government, appointed earlier this week, held its first session [...]
I haven’t kept the social science-speak out of this post, though hopefully I did explain it. My apologies.
There’s been a lot of discussion of the role of social media in Tunisia’s revolutionary uprising, with Jillian York posting one of the more comprehensive round-ups. I find myself thinking of a framing I used in [...]