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Tunisians protest terror attack

Tous tunisiens ce soir. #JeSuisTunisien pic.twitter.com/IShB8Vjjxw
— Kaderito Jr (@Saladino92) March 18, 2015

Tunisians turned out in massive numbers Wednesday night to denounce the terrorist attack that took the lives of 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians at the Bardo museum in Tunis.
The attack was clearly aimed at undermining the secularist-dominated government which Tunisians elected in October.

I’m standing and applauding

What’s great about this is not just what Neji Djelloul says, it’s the passion with which he says it.

It’s encouraging that Djelloul is a politician with Tunisia’s secularist Nidaa Tounes party, which won a plurality in last October’s elections.

Secular party leads in Tunisian elections

Encouraging and worthy of note:
Tunisia’s main secular opposition party was claiming victory on Monday over once-dominant Islamists in the country’s historic parliamentary elections.
Partial results from the official election commission were expected to be released throughout the day Monday, but the Nida Tunis (Tunis Calls) party cited exit polls to say it has won more seats [...]

Tunisian minority rights advocate denounces crimes against Jews

I hope those who appreciate what MEMRI does in exposing some of the worst aspects of the Arab and Muslim world can also appreciate when it highlights some of the best– for example Yamina Thabet, head of the Tunisian Minority Rights Group, passionately and bravely denouncing the government for failing to act against antisemitic crimes [...]

Arab Spring Phase Three: The rise of the anti-Islamists

Writing at The New Republic, Paul Berman picks up on something that I think clear-eyed observers of the Arab Spring will have sensed:
It appears to be the case that, in one zone after another, the vast regional revolution that used to be known as the Arab Spring (except that springtime has lasted two years now, [...]

Secular Tunisians fight back after murder of opposition leader

Tens of thousands of Tunisians turned out for the funeral of the assassinated opposition leader Chokri Belaid– a leftwing secularist and a staunch critic of the Islamist Ennahda Party government.

Many of those mourning Belaid expressed anger at the government, which they accuse of allowing a climate of political violence to spread unchecked.
On the capital’s central [...]

Stop cheering, you fools!

That would appear to be the message of Seumas Milne and the Stop the War Coalition to the people of Timbuktu and elsewhere in northern Mali recently liberated with the help of French forces from the rule of Islamist extremists.

Backlash in Tunisia

A few days ago protests in Tunisia reflected concern at the wording of the new constitution.  Tunisia has enjoyed a pretty good record on women’s rights, but the rhetoric of the new clause doesn’t bode well for the future:
The proposed constitution guaranteed “the protection of women’s rights … under the principle of complementarity to man [...]

Salafists vs. trade unions in Tunisia

The International Trade Union Confederation reports:
Regional offices of the [Tunisian] national union centre UGTT in three locations have been burned down by Salafists under the slogan “There is only God and the UGTT is the enemy of God”. UGTT regional offices were main organising points for the revolution to depose former President Ben Ali.
Sharan Burrow, [...]

Tunisia: secularists fight back

Islamists in Tunisia may have gone a bridge too far in their efforts to steer the country away from its secular roots since last year’s revolution.

Tunisia Live reported:

Tunisian politicians and civil society have reacted mostly with resounding nationalist solidarity to the recent incident of flag desecration by religious activists at the Faculty of Arts and [...]