(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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. […]
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.