- Vol 50 No 22
- 6th November 2009
Ben Ali wins a crushing victory and another five years in power
- Vol 50 No 1
- 9th January 2009
Ben Ali's fifth and final term approaches
- Vol 46 No 15
- 22nd July 2005
Recent threats to Egyptian and Tunisian writers reflect a growing confrontation between Islamists and other Muslims. Egyptian philosopher Sa'id Mahmoud el Gomeni has said he'll give up writing about Islamic religion and history because of death threats. S...
- Vol 45 No 22
- 5th November 2004
Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's vote of 94.49 per cent in the 24 October presidential poll was no surprise; the established opposition said it couldn't compete with his Rassemblement Constitutionnel Démocratique machine.
- Vol 42 No 16
- 10th August 2001
Africa's 'change the constitution' movement has now crept north to Tunisia, where the ruling Rassemblement Constitutionnel Démocratique wants to persuade' President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali to stand for re-election in 2004. That would entail a const...
- Vol 41 No 8
- 14th April 2000
President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was never entirely happy running the country in the shadow of its founding father, Habib Bourguiba. He died on 6 April and with the end of formal mourning, former police officer Ben Ali may breathe a sigh of relief.
- Vol 41 No 6
- 17th March 2000
The arrest of dozens of school and college students during demonstrations in the south-east - traditionally a barometer of popular tension - broke the veneer of total calm so energetically promoted by President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's government and pol...
- Vol 40 No 1
- 8th January 1999
Many of the country's elite were among those sentenced on 23 December after Tunisia’s largest ever drugs trial. This was held amid deep secrecy and intense security and under a blanket reporting ban. Of the 139 defendants, the five judges acquitted 13, ga...
- Vol 39 No 24
- 4th December 1998
Overseas non-governmental organisations have been complaining that the government is trying to undermine them. Amnesty International and Médecins sans Frontières both say that local front-organisations are blurring their criticismsof the Tunis government’...