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Bern to repay 40 mn Tunisian dollars

Source : AFP / 12 Apr 2014

Switzerland said on Friday it will hand over to Tunisia $40 million stashed in Swiss bank accounts by the family of ousted dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Swiss authorities had frozen the funds as part of a probe launched following the revolution that forced the longstanding Tunisian leader from power in 2011.


Japan to lend Tunisia $480 million

Source : IINA / 13 Mar 2014

Japan has agreed to lend Tunisia 750 million dinars ($480 million) to support the transition to democracy in the North African country where the Arab Spring began, Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki said on Tuesday.

The money, which will be split into two loans, will be allocated to finance infrastructure and energy projects in Tunisia, which is struggling to revive its economy.


Ahmad Shahawi: A master of Tunisian mosaics

Source : / 20 Dec 2013

Ahmad Shahawi is one of the few artists who has devoted his life to mosaics. He has been involved in mosaic production for 35 years. What makes his pieces distinguishable is his personal passion and ambition to find the appropriate stones for mosaics.


Quitting Femen, Tunisia’s Amina accuses protest group of Islamophobia

Source : AFP / 22 Aug 2013

Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist who was detained for nearly three months, said on Tuesday she had left the radical women’s protest group Femen, accusing it of Islamophobia.

“I do not want my name to be associated with an Islamophobic organization,” she told the Maghreb edition of the Huffington Post.


Political impasse sparks alarm on Tunisian economy

By AFP / 4 Mar 2013

Tunisia’s political crisis is taking its toll on the economy of a country that is also facing growing social unrest, with credit ratings downgrades and talks with the IMF on a $1.78-billion loan still in limbo.

The North African nation fell into recession following the revolution two years ago that toppled a decades-old dictatorship, but the ruling Islamist party Ennahda boasted of an economic recovery after its rise to power in December 2011.


Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains

By Paul Schemm | AP | 30 Jul 2012

Thousands of hardcore Muslims chant against Jews. Youths rampage through cities at night in protest of "blasphemous" art. A sit-in by religious students degenerates into fist fights and the desecration of Tunisia's flag.


How revolution turned sour in the birthplace of the Arab Spring

by Kim Sengupta : The Independent/UK | 28 Sept 2011

Not a day goes by for Manoubia Bouazizi when she does not think about her son with sorrow. "He was a dutiful boy, he had a long life ahead of him, he martyred himself for justice, for Tunisia, for his community," she declared. "People cannot forget that."


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