Occupy Wall Street in Tunisia: here.
This video says about itself:
Inside Story – The dangers facing female migrants in Libya
11 May 2015
In a report titled Libya Is Full of Cruelty, the rights group Amnesty International details the conditions for women in the war-torn North African country. Amnesty says they are constantly subjected to the added danger of sexual violence. Traffickers sexually abuse female migrants as they make their desperate and treacherous journey towards Europe.
Presenter: Richelle Carey Guests: Magda Mughrabi, Libya researcher for Amnesty International and author of the report. Soraya Chemaly, writer and media critic whose work is focused on sexualised violence. Anna Zobnina, chair of the European Network of Migrant Women.
Libyan women rally for rape victim support: here.
Tunisian ex-dictator Ben Ali’s Western friends: here.
This 2011 video from Egypt says about itself:
Egyptian Body Politic: Adaptation of #Tahrir
from Laila Shereen
AN ANIMATED ADAPTATION OF “The Dream” by Alaa Abd El-Fattah, translated by Lina Attalah, 2011. Voice narration by VJ Um Amel.
A SOUNDTRACK REMIX OF “Immortal Egypt Revolution Dub” by DJ Zhao, “Amble ambience” by VJ Um Amel, KPCC radio interview of VJ Um Amel on November 23, 2011, and voice overs.
A VISUAL REMIX OF YouTube videos, Twitter data, R-Shief’s visualizations of 1.25 million tweets on #Tahrir over 23 days in November, and 1.23 million tweets on #NOSCAF over the same date range. Cartoon by Carlos Latuff, “in honour of martyr Shehab Ahmed, killed by SCAF forces in #Nov20″.
From Morocco World News:
Moroccan Women Wear Mini-skirts in Protest Against Arrest of Two Women
Saturday 27 June 2015 – 09:52
Rabat- Many Moroccan women are publishing pictures of themselves wearing mini-skirts to show solidarity with two women facing charges of “gross indecency”.
Several Moroccan women turned out for the protest against the arrest of two women in Inezgane, a suburb of the southern city of Agadir. The two women were arrested “gross indecency” for wearing “tight and immoral” clothes.
Women participating in the virtual protest posted pictures of themselves on social media wearing miniskirts to support the two women—hairdressers aged 23 and 29– whose trial has been set for July 16.
“Although I believe that online campaigns do not result in a significant impact, but I decided to participate in solidarity with the two victims, and also because I myself suffer from harassment when I wear short clothes,” one woman who participated in the campaign told news website Hespress.
“Wearing a skirt is not an offence against the society’s public morals and does not question its history and traditions,” another woman told the Arabic-speaking website. It is a component of identity and a symbol of femininity that has existed since ages.”
“What has changed is the way we look at women which must be changed because women are part of the process of building the country and not a subject of guardianship. Criminalizing the wearing of skirts will only lead to the legitimization of violence against women,” she added.
Three sit-ins are also expected to be held this week in Agadir, Rabat and Casablanca to denounce the trial of the two women.
Two Facebook pages have been created to support the ordeal of the two young women. In both of them, many Moroccan women share pictures of themselves wearing minis-skirts with the hash tag “mettre une robe n’est pas un crime (wearing a skirt is not crime).
Yesterday, 6 July 2015, the two women appeared in court. There were solidarity demonstrations with them in various Moroccan cities.
Opposition to miniskirts is colonialist: Zimbabwe vice president: here.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Perpetrator of massacre in Tunisia was in training camp in Libya
The man who last week staged an attack in Tunisia on a tourist beach had been earlier this year in Libya in a training camp for jihad, along with the two men who earlier in Tunis committed an attack in the Bardo Museum. That says a senior Tunisian security officer.
The Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid still said on Saturday that the perpetrator had not been in view of the security services and had never left Tunisia. In the attack last Friday, 39 people were killed.
The perpetrator, who himself was killed by hotel security guards, left according to the security officer in January to Libya to attend jihad training. The two men who in March in broad daylight shot dead 22 people in the Bardo Museum in Tunis were there at the same time.
Thank you so much, on behalf of the surviving families of the murdered foreign tourists and Tunisians, thank you dear NATO, dear David Cameron, dear Nicolas Sarkozy, dear Silvio Berlusconi, etc. etc. for your bloody regime change war for
oil ‘bringing democracy’ to a ‘brave new’ Libya … [sarcasm off]
Benghazi, where Libya’s uprising began, now a shattered city | Washington Times: here.
The Congressional harrying of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over emails concerning the 2012 death of an American Ambassador and three staff members in Benghazi, Libya, has become a sort of running joke, with Republicans claiming “cover-up” and Democrats dismissing the whole matter as nothing more than election year politics. But there is indeed a story embedded in the emails, one that is deeply damning of American and French actions in the Libyan civil war, from secretly funding the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi, to the willingness to use journalism as a cover for covert action: here.
This video says about itself:
(New York, February 10, 2015) – Serious concerns about workers’ rights have not been resolved for a high-profile project in Abu Dhabi that will host branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums and a campus of New York University (NYU). These institutions should make their continued engagement with the Saadiyat Island project contingent on the developers’ commitment to more serious enforcement of worker protections and the compensation of workers who suffered abuses, including those arbitrarily deported after they went on strike.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Tunisian novel wins ‘Arabic Booker’ in Abu Dhabi despite UAE ban
M Lynx Qualey
Wednesday 6 May 2015 17.29 BST
A Tunisian university administrator has won the International prize for Arabic fiction (IPAF) for his debut novel, The Italian, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates’ capital city. Shukri al-Mabkhout’s award comes just a week after his publishers learned from an Abu Dhabi bookshop that the novel was banned from bookshops across the Emirates.
The Italian is the eighth winner of the $50,000 (£33,000) prize known as the “Arabic Booker”. While the award is funded by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, its longlist, shortlist and winner are decided by a panel of independent judges, this year chaired by Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti.
Even before the announcement, there was wide interest in al-Mabkhout’s historical novel, whose protagonist is nicknamed “the Italian” for his slick good looks. The novel is set in Tunisia during the tumultuous crossover between Habib Bourguiba’s 30-year rule (1957-1987) and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 24 years in power (1987-2011) and follows the central character’s political and romantic adventures while also critically examining Tunisia under two dictatorships.
When it was released last year, 53-year-old al-Mabkhout’s novel came as something of a shock to the Tunisian literary community. Al-Mabkhout is current president of the country’s University of Manouba and a well-known cultural figure, respected for his translations, literary criticism, and a weekly newspaper column, but his arrival as a novelist had not been expected. After the initial surprise, his debut received an enthusiastic reception, last month winning Tunisia’s top literary prize.
Al-Mabkhout said in an email interview with IPAF organisers that he was inspired by the backlash that came after the 2010-2011 Tunisian uprising that ousted Ben Ali.
“In a short period of time, we experienced what is equivalent to many years’ worth of unbelievable confusion and changes,” the novelist wrote. He could have addressed his feelings in a newspaper column, he said, but instead it was the novel form, “with its ability to grasp the contradictions, conflicts, changes, and hesitations,” that drew him in. This year he plans to publish a second novel as well as a collection of poems.
IPAF judging chair Mourid Barghouti said The Italian “brilliantly depicts the unrest both of the small world of its characters and the larger one of the nation”. Although it’s about Tunisian society, he said, “the book may also surprise many of its Arab readers who may recognise aspects of their societies in its pages”.
This recognition is perhaps what led to its banning in the Emirates, although no official reason has been given. Last week, al-Mabkhout’s publisher found out from Maktabet al Jamea (University Bookshop) in Abu Dhabi that the “authorities informed him it’s banned and that he therefore can’t stock it,” according to Sherif Joseph Rizk, the Cairo manager of Dar al-Tanweer, the book’s publisher.
Rizk said that Dar al-Tanweer did bring copies to the Abu Dhabi international book fair, which opens on Thursday, saying that “the fairs always get more lenient procedures”. IPAF organisers also issued a statement that copies would be available at the fair and that, “As a prize, we promote literature across borders but cannot influence the availability of our titles.”
Rizk wasn’t sure why the book was being singled out. Other books on the shortlist also cross traditional red lines, particularly Syrian novelist Lina Hawyan Elhassan’s Diamonds and Women, which has a number of sex scenes.
Thus far, Rizk said, al-Mabkhout’s novel remained available elsewhere. “We sold it in Riyadh. Now of course that’s threatened.”
An ebook version isn’t yet out, but Rizk said one should be available soon through Diwan Bookstores.
An eventual English translation is more or less guaranteed by the IPAF, the highest-profile Arabic novel prize. Six of the previous seven winners are already available in English. The most recent is Saud al-Sanoussi’s The Bamboo Stalk, published at the end of last month. English rights to last year’s winner, Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad, have been picked up by Oneworld, and it is tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release.
A comment at the Guardian site on this:
Don’t suppose George Orwell‘s ever topped the bestseller list in UAE, then?
This video is called Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes, foraging.
I was privileged to see this beautiful species in Costa Rica.
After the comprehensive annotated checklist of the birds of Tunisia published in 2005, this report deals with records collected between 2005 and 2014. Ten (or perhaps eleven) new species for the country could be added (Lesser Flamingo, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Black-winged Pratincole, Spotted Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Sabine’s Gull, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Citrine Wagtail, Palla’s Leaf Warbler and presumably African Reed Warbler). Four species were found breeding for the first time (Yelkouan Shearwater, Glossy Ibis, Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail) and the breeding of two others need to be confirmed (Northern Goshawk, African Reed Warbler). Some rarely recorded species have been recorded again (Red-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Yellow-billed Stork, Greater Scaup, Greater Spotted Eagle, American Golden Plover, Sociable Lapwing, Red Phalarope, Grey-hooded Gull, Caspian Gull, White-rumped Swift, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Hooded Crow, Brambling). The Slender-billed Curlew having not been recorded in recent years must be considered as extinct: here.
Originally posted on North African Birds:
Bradshaw, Chr. G. 2015. First record of Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes for Tunisia. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 22 (1): 82-83.
This short note describes the first Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) for Tunisia. The bird was observed at a wetland near Douz, southern Tunisia on 18 March 2014.
Cette note brève décrite la première observation du Petit Chevalier (Tringa flavipes) pour la Tunisie. L’oiseau a été observé dans une zone humide près de Douz, sud de la Tunisie le 18 Mars 2014.