Tunisia: Arab Spring gone full circle?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Tunisia – a country several politicians and commentators in the West were quick to label as the success story of the Arab Spring. Whether in the media or among the corridors of power in London, Paris and Washington, the North African country was hailed and fawned over as the shining beacon of light in an Arab world currently plagued with war …

Protests erupt across Tunisia

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Protests have erupted across Tunisia, beginning in Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid (the birthplace of the Arab Spring) and spreading to include Siliana, Jendouba, El-Kef and Sousse. At least one policeman has been killed in what is being seen as some of the worst protests since 2011. Some youths have been setting themselves alight, reminiscent of Mohamed Bouazizi in 2011 who …

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 …