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  • 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.

     

  • An activist’s grueling journey from Syria to Syracuse
    April 22, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on March 27, 2015 — PRI’s The World 

     

    After a year in a Syrian jail being tortured by the regime’s police, 24-year-old activist Karam Al Hamad finally escaped to Turkey last fall. He has just been accepted for a fellowship at Syracuse University, but the road is proving harder than he expected.

     

  • The Battle for Benghazi, 10 months On
    April 22, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on March 14, 2015 — CBC’s The World this Weekend

     

    In Benghazi, the “Libyan National Army” battling Islamist groups has now taken control of most of the city.

     

    It’s been 10 months since General Khalifa Hiftar launched a rogue offensive against radical militants in Eastern Libya. Earlier this month, Hiftar was promoted Commander in Chief of the army by one of the country’s 2 rival Parliaments, which now backs his campaign.

     

     

  • The teen had enough of war. He came home from Syria. And promptly got arrested.
    February 13, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on Feb 5, 2015 — PRI’s The World

     

    Abderrazak Cherif spent months and thousands of dollars trying to coax his son back from jihad in Syria. But when he finally succeeded, French authorities whisked the teenager off to jail.

     

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

    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

    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.

     

  • Watching the battle for Kobane unfold from across the border
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on Oct 9, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    The Syrian city of Kobane has survived a 25th day under siege from the forces of ISIS. But the defenders are increasingly wary of the night, when coalition jets go home and ISIS launches attacks, and many Kurds fear the air campaign isn’t enough to save the city.

     

  • How Libyans beat the heat, and the turmoil
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on Oct 6, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    It’s been a rough summer in Libya. Fighting between rival militias broke out in the capital in July, and forced the government to flee. With Islamist-minded militias in charge, businesses closed and power cuts a common occurrence, many people are turning to the beach for relief from the heat — and a mental break.

     

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