It speaks to the openness of Tunisia that there exists a gay club, yet it is tucked inside a bourgeois enclave of exclusion.
Few would dispute the significant advances Tunisians have made towards democratization since escaping Ben Ali's dictatorship in 2011. But these accomplishments have remained elitist matters, viewed with apathy by the wider population.
The country may have gained political freedoms, but its economy remains a mess.
"It was no longer the Tunisia that we were all familiar with."
TUNIS, Tunisia -- Exactly five years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia's revolutionary achievements have disappeared. Once considered the country that resisted the chaos that took over most of the MENA region after 2011, it seems to be sliding back into its pre-revolutionary situation. There is only one cause for this: poor leadership.
"The Tunisian people will not bow," President Beji Caid Essebsi said in a speech after the march. "We will stay united against
Among the Islamist militant groups to have emerged after the 2011 uprising is Ansar al-Sharia, which is listed as a terrorist
Blogging on the unfolding events in Yemen had its price. When she received a threatening message on her Facebook account, her reaction was simple: she translated it from Arabic to English and posted it on her blog!
"There should be international pressure on Essebsi to live up to the world's expectations" of a democratically elected president
Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.