Understanding a Revolution Through Iconography:

Tunisian Political Cartoonist_Z_ [ via MLYNXQUALEY  & her Arabic Literature (in English) site] Neila Columbo recently listened to and met with _Z_, the Tunisian political cartoonist who blogs at http://www.debatunisie.com/:By Neila ColumboFrom a video profile on Z, done by Samar Media. Various scenarios fluttered in my thoughts when I learned the Tunisian political cartoonist _Z_, who rose to prominence during the 2010-2011 Tunisian Revolution, would be speaking in Boston in the fall. … Read more Understanding a Revolution Through Iconography:

Letter on (In)Justice in Tunisia by Hind Meddeb

The Tunisian poet & scholar Abdelwahab Meddeb forwarded me the following letter by his daughter Hind Meddeb, a cinematographer & journalist. It goes to the heart of the matter of how in Tunisia, the country where it started, the Arab Spring is being shunted toward yet another authoritarian police regime. This Monday, June 17, I didn’t show up at the police summons… Yesterday I left Tunisia because I lost … Read more Letter on (In)Justice in Tunisia by Hind Meddeb

Abdelwahab Meddeb on Tunisia

The following interview was published a few days ago in Qantara.de magazine. Below the opening paras. You can read the full version here. Interview with Abdelwahab Meddeb: ”The Islamists Are Not Ready for a Democratic Culture” The Tunisian-French author Abdelwahab Meddeb is a critical observer of political developments in Tunisia and Egypt. In this interview with Ceyda Nurtsch, he explains why the Islamists are not creating a liberal culture … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb on Tunisia

Happy B-Day Tunisia!

It was a year ago today that the Arab Spring saw its first victory when Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia following the protests that had broken out on 18 December 2010 with a people’s loud & proactive chlass, ras-le-bol, basta, enough-already! of revolutionary proportions. Here’s a poem by Tunisian poet Tahar Bekri from the forthcoming (November 2012) Poems for the Millennium IV: The University of California Book of North … Read more Happy B-Day Tunisia!

Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights

Today Tunisians vote to elect an assembly charged with drafting a new constitution that may help bring the hopes of the Jasmine Revolution of last February to fruition by creating the basis for a truly democratic state.  The fear is, of course, that the better organized & financed religious groupings — locals such as Rachid al-Ghannouchi & his “Renaissance Party” & their supposedly “lite” version of Islam, or the foreign-financed Salafis, … Read more Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights

Re: Tunisia

The letter below was sent by Emna Zghal (Tunisian artist living here in NYC) to Ammiel Alcalay — both thought it contained useful info that would be good to publish more widely via NOMADICS. So here we go: Dear Ammiel, It’s amazing amazing amazing! The most enlightened person on Tunisia very early on is Brian Whitaker, and besides his Guardian column he runs a blog http://www.al-bab.com/default.htm I just read … Read more Re: Tunisia

Hédi Jaouad on Events in Tunisia

Here is an interview Tunisian writer Hédi Jaouad gave to the Times Union newspaper a few days back. Indeed, what is happening in Tunisia is one of the most positive developments in the Arab world in a long, long time. As Hédi says: “Something good could come out of this” — even if this morning, the majority of the few opposition politicians who were drafted into the interim government … Read more Hédi Jaouad on Events in Tunisia