Tunisians celebrate their victory over Egypt in the classic African clash in Izmir
Izmir, Turkey, September 1, 2013 – Tunisia prevailed against North African compatriots Egypt in the fight for thirteenth spot at the 2013 FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship. In a classic African clash the Tunisians who emerged victorious 3-2 (17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 15-7) at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Sunday. Now Tunisia gained the 13th position and Egypt return home 14th.
This is the fifth time for Tunisia to finish in this position after 1991, 1997, 2001 and 2003, but their best ever performance was the 5th in 1993.
For the Egyptians this position is one step better than last edition. Their best was the ninth position in 2003.
Leading Tunisia’s scoring on the day was opposite spiker Adam Oueslati with 25 points, followed by outside hitter Malek Chekir 24 points, many of those points coming in clutch moments. Egypt’s leading scorer was middle blocker Mohamed Masoud who posted 19 points in a losing effort. Mostafa Abdelrahman charted 13.
Egypt started highly concentrating and won the first set with the quick attack strategy through their middle blockers. Tunisia coach changed the strategy and returned his middle blocker Elyes Garfi to his original position as he blocked well and came back to the Tunisians with the draw 1-1.
Again Egypt led in the third set before the Tunisians came back aggressively to win the crucial points of the fourth set and the tiebreak to earn a victory against their rivals.
Tunisia models their own Tamarod, which garnered over 180,000 signatures, after the Egypt, celebrated with chants of “Today Egypt, Tomorrow Tunisia.” The movement calls for the dissolving of the National Constituent assembly and for early presidential elections.
Finishing the Job: Security Sector Reform After the Arab Spring
By Omar Ashour, on 28 May 2013, Feature
The Arab Uprisings were principally sparked by the brutality of the security sector in almost every single country where they occurred. In Tunisia, Mohammed Bouazizi’s self-immolation following an insult by the police in December 2010 triggered the revolution. In Egypt, the June 2010 murder by two policemen of Internet activist Khaled Said, followed by the brutality of police during the fraudulent parliamentary elections of November-December 2010, set the revolution’s context. In Libya, the arrest in February 2011 of Fathy Terbil—a human rights lawyer who had represented the families of the victims of the June 1996 Abu Selim Prison massacre, in which more than 1,236 political prisoners were gunned down by Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces—sparked that country’s revolution. In Syria, abuses committed in March 2011 by Assad’s security forces, which included the pulling out of the fingernails of children and teenagers in Deraa, triggered the protests that ignited that country’s ongoing civil war. In many ways, the Arab Spring was a region-wide reaction against violations by the security services.
TUNIS, Tunisia, May 21 (UPI) — Tunisia, cradle of the Arab Reawakening in January 2011, has finally got tough with its hard-line Islamists as, like other North African states that overthrew longtime dictators, it finds itself struggling with the fallout of its groundbreaking pro-democracy uprising.