Tag: tunisia

Morrocan youth on strike after fishmonger crushed to death in truck

Morrocan youth on strike after fishmonger crushed to death in truck

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—The gruesome death of a Moroccan fish vendor crushed to death inside the compactor of a late-night garbage truck sparked outrage across Morocco with protests over the past weekend in more than 20 cities. Students on Monday boycotted their classes and filled the streets to denounce the abuse. The vendor, Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was crushed […]

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Impatience rising in Tunisia’s young democracy for jobs, better pay

Impatience rising in Tunisia’s young democracy for jobs, better pay

| January 26, 2016

(GIN)—Thousands of Tunisian police rallied this week for pay raises, joining a growing movement of Tunisian citizens turning up the heat on Prime Minister Habib Essid with demands for “work, freedom and dignity.” Once hailed as the success story of the Arab Spring for its democratic progress, Tunisia has become a poster child for the […]

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Nobel Peace Prize honors Tunisian pro-democracy groups

Nobel Peace Prize honors Tunisian pro-democracy groups

| October 13, 2015

(GIN)—From the country that sparked the wider Arab Spring, four pro-democracy groups captured this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for their tireless work advancing democracy in Tunisia. The prize is a well-deserved recognition of the remarkable courage of the trade unionists, human rights activists, lawyers, and business representatives in getting Tunisia’s main political parties to reach […]

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Tunisia slams door on refugees with 100-mile moat

Tunisia slams door on refugees with 100-mile moat

| September 15, 2015

(GIN)–Once surrounding castles of old, a moat stretching 100 miles is being dug by Tunisia against alleged terror threats from nearby Libya. Reporters are kept at arm’s distance from the digging in what officials have dubbed “a closed military area.” Saltwater will fill the massive trench to be topped with sand dunes. Alligators are not […]

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Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–Nigeria’s president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing $20 billion allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration. Muhammadu Buhari pledged to pursue the claim of former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who was suspended last year by former president Goodluck Jonathan after […]

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Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram fighters, the U.S. African Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet. The previous position held that advanced weapons could not be provided as there were troubling allegations of human […]

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Peaceful protesters jailed in shadow of Africa Cup

Peaceful protesters jailed in shadow of Africa Cup

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As Equatorial Guinea, host of the closely watched Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament, tries to keep all eyes on the ball, security forces have been rounding up protesters distributing leaflets against the high-priced sporting event. Critics say the government wants to use the event to make people forget about poverty and human rights violations […]

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Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Tunisians, the first people to launch an “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted a despot, returned to power a member of the ousted regime. They cast ballots on Sunday in the nation’s first free presidential poll—and the outcome surprised many. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Call for Tunisia (“Nidaa Tounes”) party received 55 […]

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Tunisians hand Islamists major defeat in historic vote

Tunisians hand Islamists major defeat in historic vote

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—North African Tunisians whose rebellion sparked the so-called Arab Spring in 2011, turned out in force to elect a secular party—Nidaa Tounes—over the incumbent Islamist Ennahda party in preliminary results released on Sunday. It was the country’s first election since the “Dignity Revolution” and was marked with a strong turnout of more than 60 percent. […]

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Women to enjoy rights under new Tunisia constitution

Women to enjoy rights under new Tunisia constitution

| February 7, 2014

Tunisia’s new constitution is being called “a revolution in itself” and the most liberal constitution in the Arab world, produced through consensus, for its promises of gender equality.

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