Viewing Tunisia as an Arab Spring success story was always too simplistic.
In the ten years since the Arab Spring, the countries affected have transformed completely. Here’s how.
The 1970s and 1980s saw a new genre of popular protest - its spirit would be felt even in 2011 when protests toppled a dictator.
Since the revolution, Tunisians’ call for “bread, freedom and social justice” have fallen on deaf ears.
The underlying issues of inequality, corruption and poverty are still dogging the region, ten years after the protests.
Idir’s songs gave Kabyles a sense that their culture counted: that their customs and traditions could form a part of a modern Algerian nation.
New research with survivors of sexual violence who have been forced to migrate reveals difficulties of COVID-19 lockdowns.
Those who conduct business in Tunisia consider it a low-risk security environment compared to some of its neighbours in North Africa and the Middle East.
Unregulated and hazardous lead acid battery manufacturing and recycling plants are often adjacent to residential areas, agricultural and grazing lands.
Teeth can reveal a lot about diversity when they are reasonably well-preserved.
Parts of Tunisia’s political discourse look a lot like its colonial past.
Crony capitalism became firmly embedded under Ben Ali, benefiting his family and close friends.
Western perceptions of what’s happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia’s daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
Essebsi made three master strokes which mean his legacy will have a lasting impact.
How South African manages the fallout from its likely downgrade by Moody’s in November will determine whether the country will be forced to turn to the IMF for a bailout.
In death, President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi has left behind an unfinished revolution which now needs a new leader.
When the establishment retains some leverage over reformers change can be slow, superficial, and short-lived. Sudan appears to be a textbook case of this scenario.
The annual Jewish pilgrimage of the Ghriba to the island of Djerba used to attract tens of thousands of people. After numbers dwindled in recent years, the 2019 event saw a big increase in visitors.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
Some Muslims hide their identity, pretending to be less devout than they actually are, in a bid to deflect Islamophobia.