Tunisia

Tunisia 2014: Redeem the Past, Rethink the Future

Tunisia 2014: Redeem the Past, Rethink the Future

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

Tunisia’s Islamist government, contrary to expectations, did not fall apart in 2013. 2013 may not have been a happy year for Tunisia: carnage followed by frustration dominated the scene, after two opposition leaders were assassinated, and with an explosion of terrorism targeting security and army troops. Contrary to expectations, the Islamist government and its allies did not fall apart in 2013. Although the protests that erupted after Brahmi’s assassination were tenacious, they were not massive enough to […]

Tunisia’s National Women’s Day

Tunisia’s National Women’s Day

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

In the middle of the political crisis in Tunisia, Tunisian women, celebrating their national day today, seem caught in the middle of a situation that does not look like a celebration. Besides facing the threat of conservative political forces, many issues remain unsolved because women’s issues cannot be isolated from the country’s larger challenges. In the middle of the economic crisis, women are not spared, as they constitute an important fork force, a great section […]

August 13, 2013 · 2 comments · Politics, Tunisia, Women's Rights
What’s After Brahmi’s Assassination?

What’s After Brahmi’s Assassination?

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

The assassination of Brahmi, member in the Constituent Assembly and former leader of the People’s Movement, is not the second, but the third assassination since regime change in Tunisia. While Tunisians were following the news of the escalating violence in Egypt, the tragedy of Mohamed Brahmi’s assassination on July 25 (which coincided with Republic Day) came to signal the outbreak of a series of clashes and terrorist attacks in Tunisia after relative stability seemed to […]

August 9, 2013 · 3 comments · Politics, Tunisia
FEMEN Protests in Tunisia Revisited

FEMEN Protests in Tunisia Revisited

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

Although they define themselves as a “wave of feminism of the third millennium,” historical continuity with earlier waves is missing in FEMEN’s mission statement. “Liberal extremists are as dreadful as religious extremists.” Statements like this have been repeated since a teenage girl, Amina, posted a photo of herself topless a few months ago after joining the (in)famous FEMEN movement, to challenge the threat of religious conservatism. It sounds like a safe statement for moderates to […]

Riding the Roller Coaster of Hope: Two Years after the Tunisian Revolution

Riding the Roller Coaster of Hope: Two Years after the Tunisian Revolution

By Imen Yacoubi, Professor of English at the University of Jendouba
Location Tunisia Tunisia

Nearly two months separate Tunisians from the second anniversary of their revolution, and yet they can hardly believe two years ago they were on the threshold of something close to the fulfillment of a dream. Today, more and more Tunisians are wondering whether “revolution” is the term they should apply to what had happened in the period between December 17, 2010, and January 14, 2011.