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Tunisia: Amina’s Breasts Are Not Yours

26 March 2013   by Josh Shahryar

“Anyone who feels dishonored by her actions doesn’t have much honor to begin with. If they did, they wouldn’t regard a woman’s body as public property.” A strong take on the case of the controversial FEMEN activist. Read the rest of this entry

TUNISIA: Tunisian Anarchists Against World Capitalism


In response to the World Social Forum in Tunisia, some Tunisian anarchistshave issued this anti-capitalist manifesto. Volume Three of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, contains similar selections regarding anti-capitalist anarchist movements in Egypt, Greece, Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America. Volume Three is available through AK Press. Read the rest of this entry

Talking Anarchism and the Arab Uprisings with Mohammed Bamyeh

26 February 2013  Joshua Stephens

Spontaneity, largely horizontal organization, and a suspicion toward explicit political leadership have all been signature components of what’s referred to as the Arab Spring. This has been the case since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution – regardless of the regimes that have resulted from the power vacuums left in their wake. Yet very little of the particularities or the historical forces driving these uprisings captured the imagination of or spoke to left anti-authoritarians in the west, until the appearance of a western-style black bloc in Cairo on the two year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. That contradiction, and a sudden gaze cast –particularly on Egypt – pose rather unsettling questions about representation, and a slouch toward Orientalism. Read the rest of this entry

TUNISIA: Anarchists Against Counter-Revolution in Tunisia


Protests in Tunisia

Protests in Tunisia

by Robert Graham

Protests have spread across Tunisiaafter the assassination of a leftist opposition leader, Chokri Belaid. The new Islamist government is also cracking down on the Tunisian anarchist movement, following the example of their brethren in Egypt. Recently, I have been posting selections from Kropotkin’s Words of a Rebel on the counter-revolutionary nature of representative and “revolutionary” governments. Here, I reproduce a declaration of Tunisian anarchists calling for libertarian socialism in Tunisia. Read the rest of this entry

TUNISIA: والدة البوعزيزي: قطار الثورة متوقف

13/12/2012 | تونس العاصمة

ما الميزات التي حصلت عليها أسرة البوعزيزي بعد وفاته، وكيف ترى والدة البوعزيزي الثورة وكيف أصبحت صورته اليوم؟ حوار خاص مع والدة البوعزيزي في الذكرى الثانية على رحيله.

Manoubia Bouazizi mother of Mohammad Bouazizi

والدة البوعزيزي ترى أن الثورة لم تؤت ثمارها بعد

TUNISIA: The upcoming general strike in Tunisia: a historical perspective

Mohamed-Salah Omri 12 December 2012
The first general strike in Tunisia since 1978 takes place in a much-changed country and against old friends but for rather similar reasons. Read the rest of this entry

„Updated events in Arab countries from Anarchistic perspective

Paradoxes of Arab Refo-lutions Article by Asef Bayat

Serious concerns are expressed currently in Tunisia and Egypt about the sabotage of the defeated elites. Many in the revolutionary and pro-democracy circles speak of a creeping counter-revolution. This is not surprising. If revolutions are about intense struggle for a profound change, then any revolution should expect a counterrevolution of subtle or blatant forms. The French, Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and Nicaraguan revolutions all faced protracted civil or international wars. The question is not if the threat of counter-revolution is to be expected; the question rather is if the ‘revolutions’ are revolutionary enough to offset the perils of restoration. It seems that the Arab revolutions remain particularly vulnerable precisely because of their distinct peculiarity—their structural anomaly expressed in the paradoxical trajectory of political change. Read the rest of this entry

Repression creeps back in Tunisia

Tunisia’s powerful ruling party has been accused of targeting opponents with criminal charges amid growing protests.

ST McNeil and Sofiene Addala Last Modified: 08 Sep 2012 11:01

Tunis, Tunisia – Political turmoil has resurfaced in Tunisia, the country where the Arab Spring first began. After the ouster of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, many took inspiration from social movements in the North African state.  Read the rest of this entry

La Tunisie sera-t-elle un second Iran ?

Il y a de troublantes analogies entre les révolutions iranienne et tunisienne : révoltes de la liberté et de la dignité, fuite des dictateurs, retour d’exil d’un guide religieux et dérive vers une nouvelle dictature théocratique.

Par Moez Ben Salem