Ghannouchi becomes international Brotherhood’s deputy

Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party, has become the second highest-ranking figure in the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, after he was appointed head of its political bureau.

Obama Administration Shocked by verdict in Embassy Trial

U.S. shocked by light sentences for Salafists who attacked embassy in Tunisia

Special to

WASHINGTON — The United States has been concerned over what
officials termed Tunisia’s lenient treatment of Al Qaida supporters.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was stunned
by the two-year suspended sentences handed out by a Tunisian court to 20
Salafists convicted of attacking the U.S. embassy in the North African state
in September 2012.


Kuwait on the Arab Spring – Commentaire

Arab Spring marks end of silence, submission

DUBAI: On a recent blustery night, with a sandstorm kicking up, Kuwait’s own Arab Spring was playing out on a quiet road of villas and tall palms. There a group of protesters gathered to recite a speech – one after the other, word for word – that accused Kuwait’s ruler, of suppressing dissent. The speech had been delivered last year by Musallam Al-Barrack, then a parliament member, and had earned him a five-year prison sentence for supposedly insulting the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.

Standoff of banned congress in two towns Tunisia

Analysis: Crackdown on radical Islamists tests Tunisia’s stability

TUNIS | Thu May 23, 2013 1:15am EDT

(Reuters) – For the first time since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, relations between mainstream Islamists in government and radical Salafist Muslim activists have reached breaking point, sparking deadly clashes in two Tunisian cities.