Tunisia: In Sun and Shadow

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Tunisia’s War on Islam

Is overzealous prosecution of the war on terror contributing to radicalization?


A Verdict on Change

This ambitious young judge wants to change Tunisia’s justice system. But he still has to type out his own verdicts.


The Storyteller

Shukrii Mabkhout is not just a novelist — he's the biographer of modern Tunisia.


Missing the Old Days

Tunisia is a democracy. Here’s a man who still mourns for the old regime.

Tunisians gather outside the governorate's offices during protests after the death of an unemployed man in the central city of Kasserine on January 20, 2016. 
Tunisian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of job-seeking demonstrators in the impoverished town of Kasserine, in a second day of protests. The demonstrators had gathered outside the governorate's offices demanding a solution to the region's dire unemployment before heading towards the town centre, as small groups set up roadblocks with burning tyres. / AFP / MOHAMED KHALIL        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED KHALIL/AFP/Getty Images)

Crisis of Governance: Local Edition

In many ways, democratic Tunisia remains just as centralized as it was before the revolution. And that’s a big problem for the mayor of Kasserine.

A man waves the Amazigh flag as thousands of mourners attend the funeral procession and burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of Algeria's struggle for independence and a key opposition figure, in the Algerian village of Ait Ahmed on January 1, 2016. Ait-Ahmed's remains arrived in Algiers from Switzerland, where he died at the age of 89, for a state funeral the previous day before being transferred to his home village for his burial. The Amazighs, or Berbers, are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley. 
 / AFP / FAROUK BATICHE        (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Not Arab, and Proud of It

Tunisia’s long-suppressed Amazigh minority is finding its voice for the first time in years.

DJERBA, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: A general view of an abandoned hotel on June 30, 2016 in Djerba, Tunisia. Before the 2011 revolution, tourism in Tunisia accounted for approximately 7% of the countries GDP. The two 2015 terrorist attacks at the Bardo Museum and Sousse Beach saw tourism numbers plummet even further forcing hotels to close and many tourism and hospitality workers to lose their jobs.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Tourism Crash

Terrorist attacks have left Tunisia's tourism sector reeling — but its problems actually go much deeper.


El Khadra Still Can’t Breathe

This devastated community has been calling for help for years. Even in the new Tunisia, no one’s listening.


Tunisia: In Sun and Shadow

It’s a country often billed as the sole success story of the Arab Spring. But the reality is far more fraught.

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Tunisia’s Dying Jazz

New freedoms have brought art and religion into conflict, threatening to crush a tradition trapped in the middle.

Supporters of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahdha Party wearing the national and party flags arrive on May 20, 2016 to attend the opening of Ennahdha's three-day congress in Tunis.
Thousands of people attended the opening ceremony of the congress -- the first since 2012 -- held at a sports complex in Rades, south of the capital Tunis, amid heavy police security. / AFP / FETHI BELAID        (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mainstreaming of Tunisia’s Islamists

The Ennahda Party’s latest moves put its political astuteness on show once again.

Members of the Tunisian military patrol a road near the Libyan border on March 10, 2016 in Bouhamed, 40 km from the town of Ben Guerdane, as they continue hunting jihadists in the area. 
A nighttime curfew and tight security remain in place in Tunisia's Ben Guerdane area after clashes with jihadists that left dozens dead. / AFP / FATHI NASRI        (Photo credit should read FATHI NASRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trouble in the Wild East

The border town of Ben Guerdane is a haven for smugglers. Locals would like to keep it that way.

Thousnads of demonstrators gather at the Kasba in Tunis on Febuary 25, 2011. Tens of thousands of Tunisians rallied today to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi's transitional government set up after last month's ouster of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. AFP PHOTO / BORNI Hichem (Photo credit should read BORNI Hichem/AFP/Getty Images)

Five Years of the New Tunisia

From revolution to disillusionment and back again: milestones on Tunisia’s rocky path to democracy.


Tunisia’s Glorious Confusion

The dawn of democracy is something to root for — but the forces that have pulled the other Arab Spring countries back into upheaval still threaten to undo its progress.


Terms of Abuse

On paper, Tunisia’s revolution has boosted legal protections for women. The reality is starkly different.

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