tunisia reader Spécial: FEMEN furor in time of censorship

06 Juin 2013

Salutations

Bonjour à tout le monde

Tout d’abord, je tiens à vous remercier pour votre soutien indéfectible et précieux dans l’intérêt tunisia reader un nouveau service à fournir au lecteur des événements mis à jour aussi connu dans la nouvelle Tunisie aux prises dès les premiers jours de la Révolution du Jasmin. Il ya beaucoup de questions et de défis, anciens et nouveaux dans les complexités d’une relativement jeune révolution et une gouvernance émergente.
Les dernières préoccupations dans les procédures judiciaires et l’impact social des affrontements ensemble vu dans le Amina Tyler Sboui, le premier tunisien FEMEN militant qui a choqué toute la Tunisie, et à l’extérieur avec des mots enflammés sur son corps nu avec les mots, ««Mon corps m’appartient…. ” qui a fortement contrasté avec la lutte à la rédaction de la nouvelle constitution pour la nouvelle Tunisie.
Dans l’angoisse sombre de la censure, cela apporte encore plus de difficultés pour ceux qui ont souffert pour leur dire, et l’indignation consomme dans les violations de préoccupation en ce qui concerne la société dans son ensemble. Apporte à sa pensée c’est la censure, et pourtant il n’est pas. Qui peut dire qu’il est d’irrégularité, l’affaire Amina Sboui ou concernant l’écriture dans des valeurs dans l’élaboration de la Constitution que le gouvernement provisoire à instituer sur toute la Tunisie. De qui le corps appartient à soi-même, ou toute la Tunisie. L’imposition sur doit être d’une réflexion approfondie, car elle affecte chaque tunisien.
L’association Femen ukrainienne est fortement de dire à Amina libre, que la nudité est purement politique et non pas une débauche. Pourtant, la Tunisie n’est pas apprécié son exposition dans les médias traditionnels, en soumettant les jeunes enfants, les femmes modestes et les hommes respectables telles manifestations voyantes à ses frais. La prolifération de la nudité, à la lumière de la nudité, va à l’encontre de ses valeurs de combat pour maintenir la famille, l’emploi, la sécurité de sa maison, l’éducation, la technologie state-of-the-art, ainsi que le droit d’expression et de nombreux autres en appuyant sur préoccupations qui existent aussi dans le monde d’aujourd’hui vulnérable.
Une Tunisie profondément affective, à partir du moment avant les débuts de la Révolution du Jasmin, le berceau profond des débuts des civilisations, passera de ses profondeurs des luttes à mener une fois de plus dans la lutte d’ le corps au coeur de la Tunisie.

Merçi pour votre temps et des présences de procéder à Le père d’Amina Tyler Sboui, Mounir Sboui parle à son coeur ~ bonne journée

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Mounir Sboui. Père et fier d’Amina

Par ELODIE AUFFRAY

Dans le café où il a ses habitudes, à Tunis, Mounir Sboui prévient tout de suite : «Si je vous parle, c’est pour aider ma fille.» Il le répète comme un leitmotiv,craint qu’une parole malvenue ne desserve sa cadette. Mais le père d’Amina, connue comme la première Femen de Tunisie, veut faire passer un message «à l’opinion internationale» : «Ma fille est innocente. C’est une gamine qui a fait une petite faute, dont moi-même et la société sommes responsables.» Il attendait que «les voix sages» du pays l’expliquent, «mais personne ne l’a fait». Alors il y va.

http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/06/05/mounir-sboui-pere-et-fier-d-amina_908583

Libération

A private boost to cash-for-work programs in Tunisia

Is the World Bank working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to address high rates of unemployment in Tunisia? I remember this question clearly. It was asked by an NGO advocate during a recent workshop on public works in the Tunisian capital, Tunis. The World Bank team I was with had just finished highlighting the importance of developing public private partnerships (PPPs) for the delivery of employment services when the question was posed. We responded with an emphatic “yes!” The World Bank has mobilized grant resources from the Japanese government in support of a pilot project it is helping implement in Jendouba, one of the poorest governorates in Tunisia. It involves close collaboration with local NGOs to deliver income support to vulnerable households through labor intensive cash-for-work programs.

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Photographer: Curt Carnemark,1992/The World Bank

Our team continued to explain how our project in Jendouba was designed, while the NGO advocate listened with interest. The World Bank, with a grant from a Japanese social development fund, is working with the Tunisian Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment to develop partnerships with local NGOs in Jendouba. The goal is to identify and implement about 100 sub-projects which will provide temporary employment and income support to about three thousand low-skilled individuals who are currently unemployed. The project also aims to enhance basic local infrastructure. NGOs will work closely with the community and local authorities to identify the sub-projects and will employ individuals from the community for a period of four to six months. The first call for sub-project proposals has already been announced, and we expect the Ministry to sign work agreements with NGOs by August, 2013.

Another hand then went up and two very pertinent questions followed.  “Are you proposing that public works in Tunisia be delivered by NGOs?” asked a union representative taking part in the workshop. “Wouldn’t this represent a movement toward privatizing government agencies?” he quickly added.  The team explained that the goal of the Bank’s approach was not to privatize government agencies, but rather to build up their capacities and harness other existing resources to implement social programs – and ultimately address the needs of the most vulnerable segments of the population. Our team insisted that the Bank was fully supportive of national agencies, but that expanding their institutional capacities will take time and will require significant investments. The population of Tunisia wants to see results now, and these partnerships with NGOs are a way of delivering services quickly and effectively.

Public private partnerships for the delivery of employment services are certainly a new concept in Tunisia. Most of the country’s social programs have traditionally been designed, financed, and implemented by the public sector. Cash-for-work programs in Tunisia, for example, have been implemented by local authorities without much involvement or participation of local communities or civil society. These programs have traditionally been large (benefiting more than 150,000 every year) – with budget allocations reaching as high as US150 million per year.

Following the political transition, cash-for-work programs in Tunisia became largely cash transfer programs and governance of these programs has since then substantially deteriorated. Currently, beneficiaries get paid but they often do not show up for the related work and sub-projects, like painting or rehabilitating a school, for example; are rarely completed. Program monitoring is largely lacking, which contributes to misuse of resources. There have also been instances of favoritism with program beneficiaries being selected at the discretion of local authorities, unsupported by any clear eligibility criteria.

In such context, the Jendouba pilot intends to be an agent of change by making NGOs accountable for identifying cash-for-work sub-projects that are relevant to communities. NGOS would be responsible for verifying participant’s attendance at both work and training, and for assuring that sub-projects are not only properly completed but also that they meet quality standards acceptable to the relevant technical authorities. The project is also developing a state- of-the-art (web-based) system to monitor payments, attendance, use of materials, and complaints. This system would also enable NGOs to register and submit sub-project proposals for consideration on-line. This new community driven approach intends to provide mechanisms for promoting good governance and the effective use of public resources allocated in cash-for-work programs. This pilot project could also serve as a catalyst for a much broader effort. If it is successful, the methods and systems being developed could form the basis for a reform of the delivery of cash-for-work programs in Tunisia at the national scale.

For more information about this pilot project, please visit this site.

Follow the pilot project on facebook.

http://menablog.worldbank.org/private-boost-cash-work-programs-tunisia

THE WORLD BANK

Tunisia jails rapper for cop insult

Tunis – A Tunisian rapper was handed a two-year jail sentence on Thursday for insulting the police in a song, an AFP journalist reported, with the court ruling sparking clashes between his supporters and police.

Ala Yaacoub, better known by his rap name “Weld El 15”, was being retried at the same court in a Tunis suburb that had convicted him in absentia in March, after he handed himself him in to face justice.

As the judge read out the verdict, shouts of protest erupted in the court room from his supporters who were swiftly expelled by police, with some of them beaten outside the building.

There was evidence of tear gas outside the court house, but it was not clear who had fired it. The police blamed friends of the singer.

“The sentence is very tough for an artist who decided of his own accord to face justice,” said Yaacoub’s lawyer Ghazi Mrabet.

“It is particularly unfair that no text exists for suppressing a work of art.”

Yaacoub, who was in hiding, was given a two-year jail sentence in March after posting a rap video called “The Police are Dogs” on the Internet.

He later turned himself in.

The lawyer said he was charged with conspiracy to commit violence against public officials, and insulting the police, offences punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Before the trial opened on Thursday, Yaacoub had said he was afraid and criticised the authorities for not respecting freedom of speech.

“I am afraid because in a country like Tunisia the law is not applied; you can expect anything,” he told AFP.

“In the song, I used the same terms that the police used to speak about the youth. The police have to respect citizens if they want to be respected,” Yaacoub added.

In the video the singer is heard saying: “Police, magistrates, I’m here to tell you one thing, you dogs; I’ll kill police instead of sheep; Give me a gun I’ll shoot them.”

Ahead of the trial in March, in which four others were handed prison sentences but later released, the interior ministry said the song’s lyrics were “unethical, abusive and threatening” towards pubic officials.

Several cases related to freedom of expression have sparked outrage in Tunisia since the January 2011 revolution, and activists have often accused the ruling Islamist party Ennahda of seeking to muzzle them.

In April 2012, two youths were jailed for seven and a half years for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.

On Wednesday, three European members of the radical women’s protest group Femen were jailed for four months for staging a topless demonstration in Tunis in support of a detained Tunisian activist. – AFP

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/tunisia-jails-rapper-for-cop-insult-1.1532122#.Ubo_P5yTVD5

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TUNISIAN RAPPER “Weld El 15" sentenced for 2 years for rap video “The Police are Dogs” culminating in clashes with police and supporters

TUNISIAN RAPPER “Weld El 15″
sentenced for 2 years for rap video “The Police are Dogs”
culminating in clashes with police and supporters