Tag Archives: Tunisia

3.26.14 – “Tunisia’s New Constitution and Twitter Banned in Turkey”

Protesters hold placards reading “Do not touch my Twitter” during a protest against the Turkish government’s Twitter ban. [CNN]

Unlike its less fortunate neighbors to the east, since the fall of its long-time dictator Tunisia has so far managed to stay free of major violence and disorder. Host Khalil Bendib interviews Tunisian political scientist, Nadia Marzouki, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, about the recently passed Tunisian constitution.

Last week, Prime Minister Erdogan waged – as some have called it – a digital coup d’etat by banning the widely used social media network Twitter. On March 20th, during a campaign rally for the March 30th local elections, he said “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic!”

On Thursday evening, Twitter users in Turkey were welcomed to their screens by the message “Twitter is blocked in Turkey by court order.” What was behind this daring move by the Turkish government and why has Prime Minister Erdogan decided to lash out primarily at Twitter? Host Malihe Razazan put these questions to Alexander Christie-Miller, a Turkey-based freelance journalist who writes for the Times of London and Christian Science Monitor.

A Turkish court just overturned the ban, and the government has 30 days to restore Twitter service to the country. Global news network, Vocativ, recently revealed that despite Erogdan’s dislike of the social media network, he has an “army” of fake accounts posting content supportive of the Prime Minister’s party and politics.

 

Libya’s first democratic elections

Tonight, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa speaks to Professor Ali Ahmida, who teaches political science at the University of New England, about Lybia’s first truly democratic election in almost 60 years, which happened this weekend, and whose results are still being counted.

This is followed by a conversation with popular Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi. She came to prominence in Tunisia during the revolution and was here a few weeks ago.

Tunisian Emel Matholouthi performing friday in Berkeley

This Friday, May 11 Tunisian singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi will be performing at the Berkeley City College Auditorium.

Tunisian 30 years old woman got a very good hit in singing during the unisian uprising. Devoted to the cause of the people, she brought a huge emotion to the activists, and gained a respect as an artist

 

 

Free event
when : 7:30pm

Revisiting Tunisian Uprising; Comedy Show ‘All Atheists are Muslim’

All Atheists are Muslim, by Zahra Noorbakhsh.

All Atheists are Muslim, by Zahra Noorbakhsh.

This week on Voices of the Middle East and North Africa we revisit Tunisia and look at the Tunisian revolution and we speak with Tunisian born geography Professor Habib Ayeb at the American University in Cairo. Later in the show Iranian-American comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh talks to us about her one woman show, ‘All Atheists are Muslim.’

 

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Youth Uprising in the Middle East

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This week, we look at the youth uprising in the Middle East. As we witness the revolutionary tide sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, and as we follow the heroic struggles of people against authoritarian regimes and client states of Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Iraq and other countries in the region, a major social group, which has garnered a lot of attention is the youth.

The young between the ages of 15 and 29 make up more that 50% of the population in several countries of the Middle East and North Africa. What is the status of these young people in these neoliberal times? Can what is taking place in the Middle East and North Africa be considered a youth uprising? What are the shared values of this generation that have made them such an integral part of the political upheaval in Muslim majority countries?

These are some of the questions explored in a newly published book titled Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South And North, co-edited by Linda Herrera and Asef Bayat. Linda Herrera is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Asef Bayat is Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This program can also be heard live on-line at KPFA.org. The Middle Eastern and North African Perspectives (MENAP) produces Voices of the Middle East and North Africa that is aired on KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley, KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno every Wednesday at 7 PM (PST). This program is also aired on Tampa’ WMNF 88.5 HD3 every Thursday at 6PM (EST) To contact us, please call 510-848-6767 ext. 632, or send us e-mail to info@vomena.org

The Historic Revolution in Tunisia

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This week we continue our coverage of the historic revolution in Tunisia.

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The Referendum in Southern Sudan

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This week we have a conversation about the reasons behind the referendum in Southern Sudan. We also get an update about the spreading protests in Tunisia.

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Tunisia Protest Update; Iranian Author Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

This week we look at the ongoing protests in Tunisia. Also we speak with Iranian-American author Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of Penn State University about her debut novel, “Martyrdom Street.”

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