Wednesday 24 May 2017
(AL Jazeera 07/30/13)
Eight Tunisian soldiers have been killed by gunmen near the Algerian border, the president's office said, in what appeared to be one of the biggest attacks on the country's security forces in decades. The incident on Monday occurred in the remote area of Mount Chaambi, where Tunisian troops have been trying to track down armed groups since December last year. Adnan Mancer, Tunisia's presidential spokesman, told the Associated Press news agency that the attack took place on Jebel Chaambi, Tunisia's tallest mountain and a suspected hideout of al-Qaeda-linked armed groups. The army has been searching the mountainous region near the Algerian frontier since a patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in April. On June 24, the army declared the...
(Amnesty International 07/30/13)
Today’s decision by a Tunisian court to dismiss a defamation case against the 18-year-old FEMEN activist Amina Sboui is only a partial victory, Amnesty International said as it called for her release. Amina was arrested on 19 May after writing the word “Femen” – the name of an international network of feminist activists famous for staging topless protests – on a cemetery wall in Kairouan in central Tunisia. Held since then, she has faced an array of charges including defamation, insulting a civil servant and desecrating a cemetery. “Imprisoning anyone for expressing themselves is inherently disproportionate. The fact that Amina has already spent two months in prison is an indictment of the state of free expression in Tunisia,” said Philip...
(AL Jazeera 07/29/13)
Police have fired tear gas as pro- and anti-government protesters have clashed outside the Tunisian parliament building after the burial of a prominent opposition figure. Sunday's demonstrations took place in the capital Tunis, with supporters of Mohamed Brahmi, the slain opposition leader, and those who support the ruling Islamist Ennahda party being separated by security barricades and riot police. "Enough with Ghannouchi," the opposition crowd chanted, referring to Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi. "The people want the fall of the assassins." Ennahda supporters retorted that the parliament was a "legitimate" body and that the demonstrators should not invite any non-democratic action. Protests began on Saturday, after Brahmi's burial, with demonstrators calling for the fall of the government marching to the constituent...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/13)
PARIS, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Disappointment over the lack of democratic progress in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya is understandable, but the so-called Arab Spring of 2011 will take time to mature, analysts say, warning that the process will be chaotic. "We have to stop using seasonal metaphors. We are in a revolutionary process that will take at least a decade," says Karim Emile Bitar, an expert on Arab affairs at the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Relations. "And 'revolutionary process' means revolution, counter-revolution, efforts to fix the revolution, and that's exactly what is happening," he added. In Egypt, the army ousted democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood; Tunisia has seen sometimes violent demonstrations against the...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/13)
Supporters of a slain Tunisian opposition politician will gather for his funeral Saturday, after officials said he was gunned down with the same weapon used to kill a colleague, pointing at Al Qaeda links. Already Friday, one person was killed during anti-government demonstrations triggered by the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi a day earlier, and the Islamist regime was gearing up for another day of tension. Brahmi's widow Mbarka told AFP he would be buried Saturday at El Jallez cemetery in southern Tunis next to Chokri Belaid, the opposition politician assassinated in February. Tens of thousands of people attended Belaid's funeral, when part of the procession turned into a protest against the ruling Islamist party Ennahda.The families of both men have...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/13)
Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Brahmi followed the body of the slain Tunisian opposition leader under armed escort on Saturday ahead of his burial, an AFP correspondent reported. Wrapped in the red and white Tunisian flag, Brahmi's coffin left his home in the Tunis neighbourhood of Ariana shortly before 10:00 am (0900 GMT) en route to El-Jellaz cemetery. The supporters of Brahmi, who included members of his family, took part in the procession, in the absence of representatives of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party. Brahmi, 58, was shot dead outside his home on Thursday with the same weapon used to gun down fellow opposition politician Chokri Belaid in February, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said. He was...
(AL Jazeera 07/27/13)
Interior minister says Mohamed Brahmi killed with same gun used to murder his opposition coalition leader Chokri Belaid. Secular opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was killed with the same gun that was used to kill his coalition party leader Chokri Belaid six months ago, Tunisia's interior minister has said. Lotfi Ben Jeddou told a news conference on Friday that it suggested the involvement of the same hardline Salafist group. "The same 9mm automatic weapon that killed Belaid also killed Brahmi," Jeddou said. He named the main suspect as hardline Salafist Boubacar Hakim, already being sought on suspicion of smuggling weapons from Libya. Ben Jeddou said that ballistic examination of the bullets fired on Thursday at Brahmi showed they came from the...
(Huffingtonpost 07/27/13)
South Africa's failure to successfully engage some of Africa's most troublesome conflict zones has undermined the country's credibility and cast doubt about whether South Africa should be perceived as the continent's regional military and political leader. Ineffectual leadership is at the heart of the matter. President Zuma has made some dubious decisions regarding South Africa's regional foreign policy, and his inability to meaningfully address the plethora of domestic problems facing the country raises question about its suitability as Africa's de facto leader. Attempts to promote human rights -- a trademark of South Africa's foreign policy for the past 20 years -- have resulted in the adoption of some erratic policy decisions. For example, the South African government has numerous times...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/27/13)
TUNIS, TUNISIA — Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was killed with the same gun that was used to assassinate his party leader six months ago, suggesting the involvement of the same hardline Islamist group, the interior minister said on Friday. The killing of Brahmi on Thursday followed the shooting of Chokri Belaid on February 6 and prompted violent protests against Tunisia's Islamist-led government and a strike call by the main trade union body. Thousands of protesters massed again in the capital on Friday, while shops and banks closed their doors and all flights in and out of the country were canceled. Interior minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou told a news conference in Tunis: “The same 9mm automatic weapon that killed Belaid...
(AFP (eng) 07/26/13)
Tunisian opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi was gunned down with the same weapon used to kill another opposition politician earlier this year, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said on Friday. Brahmi was killed with the same weapon used to murder Chokri Belaid in February, he told a news briefing. "The gun used to kill Mohamed Brahmi is the same as that used to kill Chokri Belaid," six months earlier, he said. Ben Jeddou said the main suspect in the Brahmi killing was a member of the radical Sunni Muslim Salafist movement. "The first elements of the investigation show the implication of Boubaker Hakim, a Salafist extremist," he said, a day after Brahmi was gunned down outside his home near Tunis by...
(Voice of America 07/26/13)
Tunisia braced for more protests and a general strike Friday, in response to the assassination of a leading liberal opposition figure. Outspoken opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi was shot to death Thursday by unknown gunmen outside his home in the capital, Tunis. Brahmi belonged to the secular Popular Front party. He was a vocal critic of Tunisia's Islamist-led government and was helping draw up a new constitution. It was the second such assassination this year. The February killing of liberal politician Chokri Belaid plunged Tunisia into violence that nearly derailed its fragile political transition. On Thursday, thousands took to the streets in Tunis and Sidi Bouzid to protest Brahmi's killing. Many blamed the main Islamist Ennahda party of being behind the...
(Los Angeles Times 07/26/13)
Tunisian nationalist Mohammed Brahmi is killed in front of his wife and daughter. Protesters focus their anger on the ruling Islamist party, Nahda. A Tunisian opposition figure was shot to death at his home Thursday, igniting widespread protests after the second high-profile political assassination this year in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular forces. Mohammed Brahmi, a member of parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by men on a motorbike, according to news reports. Brahmi, an Arab nationalist, served on the contentious panel that wrote Tunisia's proposed constitution. His death followed the assassination in February of Chokri Belaid, a passionate leftist and frequent critic of the country's dominant Islamist party,...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/13)
Tunisia is experiencing a nationwide strike after protests over the killing of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. The biggest trade union, UGTT, called the shutdown to denounce general "terrorism, violence and murders". On Thursday police used tear gas to disperse protesters in several towns, after Mr Brahmi was shot dead outside his home in Tunis. The governing Islamist Ennahda party has rejected accusations from relatives that it was complicit in the killing. Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike shot Mr Brahmi - who led the Movement of the People party - in his car on Thursday morning. The interior ministry has said a weapon from Libya was used to kill him and is expected to release further details about the assassination on...
(Irish Times 07/26/13)
US calls for investigation into killing amid violent protests against Islamist government. Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead on Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere. “This criminal gang has killed the free voice of Brahmi,” his widow, Mbarka Brahmi, told Reuters, without specifying who she thought was behind the shooting outside their home in Tunis. Mr Brahmi’s sister later accused the main Islamist Ennahda party of being behind the killing. “Ennahda killed my brother,” Souhiba Brahmi said. Ennahda has condemned the killing. The politician’s wife said Mr Brahmi had left the house after receiving a telephone call. She heard shots and found his...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/13)
Death is second assassination of an opposition politician in country this year. Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead outside his home in Tunis today. It is the second such assassination this year, and sparked mass protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere. “He was shot in front of his house when he was with his disabled daughter,” Mohamed Nabki, a member of Mr Brahmi’s secular, nationalist Popular Party, said. “The killers fled on a motorbike.” The assassination of another secular politician, Chokri Belaid, on February 6th ignited the worst violence in Tunisia since the 2011 fall of autocratic president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. “This criminal gang has killed the free voice of Brahmi,” his widow...
( 07/26/13)
Successful elections in Zimbabwe are crucial both for that country's own socio-economic development and for improved security in the southern African region, says South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said the South African government welcomed the fact that the overall atmosphere in Zimbabwe remained calm ahead of next week's elections, with no major instances of violence or intimidation having been reported so far. Ebrahim added that South Africa hoped there wouldn't be a repeat of Zimbabwe's previous election in 2008, when the announcement of the results had been delayed, stoking concerns about poll rigging. Over six-million Zimbabweans who have registered to vote will go to the polls next Wednesday to...
(Business Daily 07/26/13)
Global food prices fell by 2 per cent in the latest four-month period, marking the third straight period of declines, as declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa, and lower demand pushed prices down 12 per cent from their August 2012 peak, the World Bank said on Thursday. The World Bank's Food Price Index showed international prices of wheat fell by 2 per cent, sugar by 6 per cent, soybean oil by 11 per cent, and maize, or corn, by 1 per cent during the four-month period between February and June. The index, which weighs export prices of food, fats and oils, grains, and other foods in nominal U.S. dollars, fell by 2 per cent. Improved weather conditions...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
A leading opposition figure and critic of Tunisia's ruling Islamists, Mohamed Brahmi, was shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home near the capital on Thursday, state media announced. "Mohamed Brahmi, general coordinator of the Popular Movement and member of the National Constituent Assembly, was shot dead outside his home in Ariana," Watanya state television and the official TAP news agency reported. "He was riddled with bullets in front of his wife and children," Mohsen Nabti, a fellow member of the small leftist movement, said in a tearful account aired on Tunisian radio. The interior ministry, cited by TAP, said that Brahmi, a 58-year-old MP and vocal critic of Tunisia's ruling Islamists, was assassinated as he left home. Watanya said...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
Six people believed to have orchestrated the killing of an opposition figure whose assassination in February plunged Tunisia into a major political crisis have been identified, a minister said Wednesday. "We have identified the sponsors and the authors of the assassination of Chokri Belaid," said Noureddin B'Hiri, senior adviser to the prime minister, after a cabinet meeting. B'Hiri said the details would be revealed "soon" by Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou, without saying when. Belaid was gunned down outside his home on February 6, in a brazen attack that shocked Tunisians and sparked a political crisis that brought down the government of Islamist premier Hamadi Jebali. The interior ministry blamed the killing of Belaid, who was an outspoken critic of...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...

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