PROTESTS IN TUNISIA 

Tunisians March Against Economic Woes, Police Repression

 Peoples Dispatch | January 25, 2021

Protests against poverty and unemployment have been going for more than a week now in Tunisia. Over 1,000 protesters have been arrested so far, most of them between the ages of 15 to 25.Read More »

Is Revolutionary Fervor Afire—Again—in Tunisia?

The New Yorker | December 31, 2018

On Christmas Eve, Abderrazak Zorgui, a thirty-two-year-old television reporter, posted a chilling cell-phone video shot in Kasserine, a city in western Tunisia that dates back to ancient Roman times. “I have decided today to put a revolution in motion,” he said, looking intently into the camera. “In Kasserine, there are people dying of hunger. Why? Are we not humans? We’re people just like you. The unemployed people of Kasserine, the jobless, the ones who have no means of subsistence, the ones who have nothing to eat.” Zorgui, who had short brown hair and wispy hair on his chin, then held up a clear bottle of gasoline. “Here’s the petrol,” he said. “I’m going to set myself on fire in twenty minutes.” His video was live-streamed onto YouTube. In his poignant farewell, Zorgui added, “Whoever wishes to support me will be welcom­e. I am going to protest alone. I am going to set myself on fire, and, if at least one person gets a job thanks to me, I will be satisfied.”Read More »

Tunisia: Bright anger amid dismal atmosphere

by Sam Albert

Pambazuka News | February 01, 2018

The recent demonstrations and fighting that broke out across Tunisia for about ten days in January 2018 are all the more significant in that Western representatives and apologists for the current state of the world have held up Tunisia’s political situation as the most successful outcome of the 2011 “Arab Spring”, that is, from the point of view of maintaining the status quo.

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TuNur in Tunisia: Another case of energy colonialism

by Hamza Hamouchene

Pambazuka News | September 07, 2017

A familiar ‘colonial’ scheme is being rolled out: the unrestricted flow of cheap natural resources from the Global South to the rich North, maintaining a profoundly unjust international division of labour. While fortress Europe builds walls and fences to prevent human beings from reaching its shores for sanctuary, it accepts no barriers to resource grabs.

When we hear news about renewable energy projects, one must be forgiven for thinking that it’s all beautiful and shiny. But scratching a little bit beneath the surface of this language of “cleanliness,” “shininess” and “carbon emission cuts” reveals another picture, a picture of big capital robbing land and resource rights from the Global South in order to safeguard energy security of the Global North.

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Jemna in Tunisia: An inspiring land struggle in North Africa 30

by Hamza Hamouchene

Over the past several years, the people of Jemna, a region in southern Tunisia famous for its excellent quality dates called Deglet Nour (the dates of light), have been engaged in an important and inspiring struggle around land rights. It took around a century for this oasis community to score a victory, albeit precarious for now, through occupying and working their long-confiscated land in an astonishing experience of self-management and voluntarism that emphasised the centrality of the peasant question and the right to land and other natural resources such as water in revolutionary times.  Jemna is a challenge and a threat to the power of the neoliberal and counter-revolutionary elite and it represents resistance and an alternative to the kinds of neo-colonial, dispossessing and environmentally damaging forms of managing and exploiting the land.Read More »