Tunisian Tales

The famous “Arab Spring” has finally come the cycle of change and new change. It  began in Tunisia when frustrated and angry young people rebelled against their long time dictator who had allowed the economy to stagnate. Although the revolt included those of secular feeling and moderate Muslims, power was soon gained by Islamists who wanted to enhance the influence of religion into the daily lives of people. Under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali of the Ennahda party, a shift in direction soon emerged which allowed Salafist Muslims to brow beat and intimidate secular forces.

A few days ago thugs murdered secular leader Chokri Belaid and new demonstrations filled the streets. Jibali attempted to form a coalition government but was over-ruled by his own party. The result is confusion, anger, and violence. Such has been the course of the famous Arab Spring.