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Wafa Ben Hassine on Social Media in Post-Ben Ali Tunisia

[Image of Wafa Ben Hassine.]

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Wafa Ben Hassine (WBH): The intellectual exchange of information. The most unique aspect of Twitter is the ability to form little niches about very particularized topics. You want to talk ...

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Mainstream Media Coverage on Tunisia: Short, Bittersweet, and Overly Deficient

[Screenshot of Al Jazeera English's Tunisia section.]

We all know that after former Tunisian president Ben Ali packed his bags, Egyptian Mubarak and Libyan Gaddafi soon shared similar fates. One was hospitalized for political and moral exhaustion, the other killed in what was a Hollywood-worthy (but slightly gorier) scene. Suddenly, the short-lived spotlight on Tunisia was quickly shifted to Egypt and Libya. The heavy news coverage in Egypt and Libya continues till this day. Tunisia was pushed back to, at best, starring on ...

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Post-Ben Ali Partisan Developments in Tunisia: The Guarantor of Pluralism in a Nascent Democracy

[A voter peruses an officially designated wall where parties were permitted to present their campaign posters for the Tunisian elections. Image by Freedom at Issue/Flickr.]

It was early afternoon at the Congress for the Republic (CPR) headquarters in downtown Tunis, known amongst its members as Hezb el Koujina — literally, the Kitchen Party. Mr. Mohammed Abbou, standing in the CPR headquarter's actual koujina (kitchen) was hurriedly eating a sandwich before scuffling off to a meeting with the rest of the party's political bureau. Abbou, currently Tunisia’s Minister of Administrative Reform, was trying his best to swallow bites of his sandwich, ...

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Time for a 'Bourguibist' Comeback? Essebsi Butters up Tunisians in Monastir

[Image of rally held in Monastir. Image by Nawaat.]

The dome shaped room was a sea of red and white. It smelled of amber musk and sea. The attendees were mostly well over the age of forty, and the buzz of excitement was impossible to miss. You would think you were attending a Michael Jackson concert. What’s the occasion, you ask? Well, to celebrate and adulate the ultimate star of the show, Beji Caid Essebsi – or, as the attendees would proudly tell you, to “unite all political forces as Tunisian above all else,” and to ...

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Bio

Wafa Ben Hassine

 

Wafa Ben Hassine is a Tunisian American JD candidate at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, pursuing international and environmental legal studies. She holds a BA in political science and public law from the University of California, San Diego. She currently resides in Tunis, and is working as a freelance writer and translator. Her interests include sustainable development in the global south - particularly in the Maghreb - and studying the new legal framework that is emerging in post-Ben Ali Tunisia. Wafa has worked as the editor-in-chief for Tunisia Live, and has made media appearances and written commentary for Al-Jazeera English, France 24, and RFI, among others.