The Bubble Bursts: Tunisia on course for family rule

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

When Ben Ali became the first dictator to fall in the Arab Spring, Tunisia was hailed for its bravery, resilience and setting an example eloquently summarised by the legendary Tunisian poet, Abu al-Qassim al-Chaabi ‘If one day the people desire freedom, then fate is obliged to comply’. However, the story since has been anything but a fairy-tale. After three disastrous …

Tunisian elections and the story of Mahabba

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Around the world, people are celebrating the long awaited success of the Arab Spring reflected in the successful elections taking place in Tunisia. As Libya and Syria continue to be mired in civil war and Egypt suffers from the military coup that ended any hope for a democratic process in the country, Tunisia now symbolises a successful transition from a …