France Cautiously Watches as Egyptian Turmoil Deepens

Speaking from a state visit to Tunisia, French President François Hollande addressed the populist military coup that has ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. While President Hollande refrained from directly condemning the coup, he urged the Egyptian military to respect the democratic process, and expressed his hope for a return to civilian rule in the country. […]

FEMEN Strikes Tunisia with Harder Consequences

Three activists from international feminist group FEMEN have been arrested since May 29th in Tunisia after holding topless demonstrations outside the Justice Ministry in Tunis.  Two of the jailed women are French nationals, Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern, and the other is German Josephine Markmann. According to FEMEN, their protests were born from the spirit […]

A Failure, a Resignation, and the New Tunisian Prime Minister

  Tunisia has often been heralded as an exception to the social and political chaos that plagues the region. The Jasmine Revolutions that took place there catalyzed the region’s Arab Spring Revolutions. The country’s relative lack of instability after the revolution was considered a success. However, the political assassination of the left opposition’s Chokri Belaid […]

Chokri Belaid, Tunisian Politician and Activist, Murdered, Splitting a Country in Two

Protests have broken out across Tunisia in response to the murder of Chokri Belaid, the left-wing human rights activist and head of the Democratic Patriots Movement. Belaid, 48, was gunned down outside of his home on Wednesday, February 6. A lawyer and opponent of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, Belaid was a champion of a […]