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    Category Archives: Tunisia

  • Tunisia Wants to be Known for its Olive Oil, Too
    April 22, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on April 20, 2015 — PRI’s The World


    Thanks to a record olive season, the tiny North African country has become the world’s second largest olive oil producer, overtaking for the first time Italy.


    It’s good news for companies like Slama Huiles, which have transitioned over the past few years from bulk to bottles.


  • Prostitutes want Tunisia’s red light districts to get back in business
    February 13, 2015 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Dec 19, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    Prostitution is legal and regulated in Tunisia, but many of its red light districts closed down after the 2011 revolution in the face of Islamist attacks. Now sex workers want to reopen them, saying they provided community, safety and badly needed income.


  • Tunisia looks set to move forward by electing a figure from its past
    February 13, 2015 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Nov 21, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    One of Tunisia’s presidential candidates is getting an unexpected rock star treatment: 87-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, a longtime politician who’s built in the mold of Tunisia’s first president and other old-guarders. But some youth believe he’s the only candidate who’s serious about their concerns.


  • ‘Re-virgination’ surgeries on the rise in Tunisia
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on May 14, 2014 –PRI’s The World


    In January, Tunisia became the first Arab country to enshrine gender equality in its new constitution. But while the small African country is often seen as a progressive bastion in a mostly conservative region, Tunisians say, in their private lives, some traditions die hard.


    Virginity is one of them. Female virginity, that is.


  • Why Tunisian Activists Declare “I Too Burnt a Police Station”
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on May 5, 2014 –PRI’s The World


    It was Tunisia that set the Arab Spring in motion and in many ways, it’s been the most successful in setting a democratic course. But when it comes to the country’s judicial system, critics say they’re going in the wrong direction.


  • Tunisia’s Break Dancers Spin Away from Extremism
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on April 24, 2014 — PRI’s The World


    Tunisia was the first North African country to uprise against its strongman, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali 3 years and a half ago. Tunisians have since elected an assembly and adopted a new constitution this January.


    For many observers, Tunisia has become the rare success story of the Arab Sring… But young people across the country are still grappling with high unemployment and social exclusion. And this discontent has been fertile ground for extremist groups.

    In central Tunisia, a group of b-boys is trying to push back on the dance floor, and beyond.




  • In Tunisia, Refugees Seen as an Opportunity
    April 5, 2012 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on June 19, 2011 — CBC’s The World this Weekend


    Tomorrow is world refugee day, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees wants to use the opportunity to try to clear up a misimpression.


    He says many people think that all refugees from the Middle East and North Africa head to Europe. Yet, a new UN report shows that developing countries host four fifth of the world refugees.


    Almost all who escaped the violence in Libya for instance have fled to Tunisia and Egypt. And in the Tunisian region of Tataouine, many Libyans have found a warm welcome.



  • Refugees Who Want to Go Back to Libya
    April 4, 2012 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on May 9, 2011 — PRI’s The World


    Foreign migrants who fled Libya wound up in UN-run camps in Tunisia. But some of those migrants are so desperate to get out of the camps and get to Europe that they’re going back to Libya.


  • Libyan Berbers’ Fight For Minority Rights
    April 4, 2012 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on April 27, 2011 — FSRN


    Libyan rebels gained control last week of one of the two official border points between Tunisia and Libya. This strategic win opens up the way into Gaddafi’s stronghold, West Libya, for the opposition forces.


    Unlike the battles along the coast, events in the Western Mountains have received little attention. The region is populated by Berbers, North Africa’s indigenous people. They’ve long faced discrimination under Gaddafi’s rule and quickly joined in the liberation fight.


    At the Tunisian border town of Dehiba, Berber refugees and rebels say they now have a chance to stand up for their distinctive ethnic identity.


  • In Tunisia, Fishermen Lose Boats to Migrants
    April 4, 2012 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on April 18, 2011 — PRI’s The World


    More than 15,000 Tunisian migrants seeking a better life in Europe have made illegal boat journeys to Italy since the ouster of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January.  Local fisherman now feel the brunt of the exodus: some are out of business after their boats were bought off or stolen by smugglers.



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