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Mischa Benoit-Lavelle

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Sidi Bouzid One Year On: Dignity, Stagnation

[A car drives past a road sign in Sidi Bouzid. Photo Credit: Getty Images.]

One year has passed since Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in Sidi Bouzid. His act had inspired the revolutions throughout the region, most of which have subsequently been rolled back by military authorities, co-opted by religious conservatives, and overtaken by bitter violence. But in Sidi Bouzid on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of Bouazizi’s self-immolation, residents were able to finally demonstrate their joy and pride at the magnitude of the events their native ...

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De Blogueros a Redactores de la Constitucion

[Amira Yahyaoui (image via her website) and Riadh Guerfali (image via Flickr)]

[This article was written in English by Mischa Benoit-Lavelle and translated/published in Spanish by www.rebelion.org] De Blogueros a Redactores de la Constitución [Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván] En Túnez, el único país de las revoluciones de la primavera árabe con fecha fijada definitivamente para [celebrar] elecciones libres —el 23 de octubre de 2011— el consenso entre muchos activistas es que la revolución se ha estancado. El Ministerio de ...

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From Blogging to Writing the Constitution

[Amira Yahyaoui (image via her website) and Riadh Guerfali (image via Flickr)]

In Tunisia, the only country of the Arab Spring revolutions with a definite date set for free elections—October 23, 2011—the consensus among many activists is that the revolution has stalled. The interior ministry, where protestors dramatically demanded the exit of Ben Ali, is now surrounded by barbed wire and patrolled by a police force that the local press has accused of returning to its old ways of torture and intimidation. And recently, concern has been growing that ...

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Bio

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle

 

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle is a freelance journalist and translator specializing in Europe and North Africa. He got his start covering local politics for The New Haven Advocate, and his articles and translations from French and Swedish have since appeared in numerous print and online sources. He is the holder of a BA in comparative literature from the American University of Paris, speaks five languages, and is an itinerant traveler. Mischa currently resides in Tunis, where he is studying Arabic and watching the emergence of the Arab Spring’s first democracy. He can be reached by email at mbenoitlavelle@gmail.com.