By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019
Eight years after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in 2011, renewed mass struggles are erupting.
By Alex Lantier, 28 December 2018
In a video on social media, Zorgui said he hoped his act would cause a new revolution, eight years after the toppling of Tunisian President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 15 January 2018
The new wave of protests was prompted by anger over mass unemployment, corruption and the 2018 finance law.
By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2018
Protests against unemployment and the 2018 austerity budget in the industrial heartlands of southern Tunisia are now spreading across the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2018
Coming in the wake of similar upheavals by the most oppressed layers of workers and youth in Iran, the Tunisian events are indicative of a rising tide of global class struggle.
By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016
Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2016
None of the grievances that drove the working class into revolutionary struggle five years ago against first Ben Ali in Tunisia, then Mubarak in Egypt, have been resolved.
By Alex Lantier, 27 June 2015
The attacks have raised concerns of a global offensive by Islamist terrorist groups that have emerged from US-led wars in Libya and Syria.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 23 April 2015
Holland and Essebsi are using the horror provoked by Islamist terror attacks to justify a massive development of police-state and military powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2015
In the final analysis, the atrocity in Tunis is the result of the catastrophes created by the US wars in Iraq and Libya and the proxy war Washington has waged in Syria.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 19 December 2014
The coming to power of Nidaa Tounes represents an attempt to restore the old Ben Ali regime that the working class toppled in revolutionary struggles nearly four years ago.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014
The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 January 2014
The Tunisian ruling elite is stepping up its “national dialogue.”
By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 8 January 2014
As the Tunisian Revolution approaches its third anniversary, the Tunisian ruling elite is resuming its “national dialogue” aimed at pre-empting renewed working class struggles.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 15 October 2013
The Tunisian ruling elite is desperately seeking a way out of a deepening political and economic crisis.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 July 2013
Opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi was killed outside his home in Tunis by unidentified attackers.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 March 2013
After Chokri Belaïd’s assassination, Paris is seeking to advance the petty-bourgeois Popular Front to advance its imperialist interests in Tunisia.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 February 2013
The bourgeois media is seeking to endow ex-Prime Minister Hamad Jebali with democratic credentials, despite his role in betraying the aspirations of the workers and youth who overthrew the dictator Ben Ali and repressing social protests.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 12 February 2013
The murder last Wednesday of anti-Islamist politician Chokri Belaïd has undermined the government coalition, whose main component is the Islamist Ennahda Party.
By Barry Grey, 9 February 2013
The current political eruption in Tunisia, the most widespread since the events of late 2010 and early 2011, occurs just days before the second anniversary of the fall of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 8 February 2013
Mass protests and attacks on the ruling Islamist Ennahda party offices broke out throughout Tunisia after the assassination of a prominent Tunisian secular politician
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 19 December 2012
At the last minute, the UGTT union called off a one-day national strike called against the assault by Islamist thugs on UGTT members.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 December 2012
The UGTT union has called a one-day national strike for December 13, amid rising working class protests and clashes with right-wing Islamist groups.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 December 2012
Police have brutally repressed protests against the scrapping of programmes against poverty and unemployment in the town of Siliana in Tunisia.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 August 2012
Police stood aside last week as hundreds of Salafist thugs attacked workers and youth in Sidi Bouzid, the starting point of the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 August 2012
On Tuesday, several thousand workers demonstrated in Sidi Bouzid.
By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2012
On June 14 former President Ben Ali, along with 22 Interior Ministry officials, stood trial of for the massacres in Thala and Kasserine during the Tunisian revolution.
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2012
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ignominious flight from Tunisia to exile in Saudi Arabia.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 November 2011
Rising strikes in Tunisia underscore continuing popular opposition to the political establishment, which has still not succeeded in assembling a government after the latest elections.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 28 October 2011
Tunisia held elections Sunday to elect a 217-member Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting a new constitution after mass protests toppled President Ben Ali this January.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 October 2011
The Constituent Assembly election in Tunisia, slated to draft a new constitution, is scheduled for October 23.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2011
Anti-government protests took place across Tunisia on August 15. Thousands of Tunisians participated, denouncing the interim government and calling for its resignation.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 August 2011
The lack of popular interest in the Constituent Assembly elections is a devastating verdict on the Tunisian Transitional Government’s attempts to give itself a veneer of pseudo-democratic legitimacy.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 July 2011
In recent days Tunisian security forces have violently attacked a new wave of anti-government protests across the country.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 June 2011
On June 8, the interim Tunisian government decided to postpone the Constituent Assembly elections to October 23.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 May 2011
Tunisian interim prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi met with French president Nicolas Sarkozy on May 17-18 to plan joint strategy against continuing protests in Tunisia.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 May 2011
Last Monday, the Tunisian interim government announced the formation of the independent electoral committee to oversee the July 24 election of a constituent assembly.
By Niall Green and Kumaran Ira, 9 May 2011
Demonstrators in Tunisia calling for a “new revolution” were brutally attacked by riot police after warnings of a possible military coup.
By Olivier Laurent, 5 May 2011
The political reforms in Tunisia aim to remove people from power who are too politically associated with the dictator Ben Ali, whilst justifying the maintenance of the social conditions against which the Tunisian masses revolted.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2011
On March 26 Tunisia’s Commission for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution and the Democratic Transition was enlarged from 70 to 130 members in a closed-door session.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2011
Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned less than 48 hours after 100,000 people marched through the capital demanding his ouster.
By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2011
Two days of anti-government protests in Tunisia have thrown the interim regime that succeeded ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into crisis.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 9 February 2011
The mass protests in North Africa against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country on January 14, are shaking the French government.
By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2011
Yesterday the Tunisian parliament’s lower house voted to grant emergency powers to Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, the head of the interim Tunisian regime.
By Ann Talbot, 2 February 2011
With a series of strikes breaking out, the Tunisian revolt is taking on a more working class character.
By Kumaran Ira, 1 February 2011
On January 28, the Ettajdid movement held a public debate in Paris on the recent uprising in Tunisia that forced out the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2011
On January 25-26, New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) spokesman Olivier Besancenot made a perfunctory visit from France to Tunisia.
By Ann Talbot, 29 January 2011
The interim Tunisian government has announced a ministerial reshuffle in an effort to maintain its hold on power in the face of continuing protests.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2011
Two weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Arab leaders that their region’s “foundations are sinking into the sand”, the growing revolutionary upsurge of the masses has revealed that the pillars of Washington’s own policy in the Middle East are rotten and crumbling.
By Barry Grey, 27 January 2011
The United States is working intensively to suppress mass protests in both Tunisia and Egypt and prop up the local ruling elites that are entirely subordinate to American imperialism.
By Ann Talbot, 25 January 2011
Tunisian police used tear gas against protesters gathered outside the office of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi on Monday morning.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2011
Mass protests that forced out Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have dealt a blow to the pretensions of middle-class “far left” groups in France such as the New Anti-Capitalist Party.
By Ann Talbot, 22 January 2011
Protests have continued in Tunisia on the first of three days of national mourning for those who died in the uprising.
22 January 2011
تعتبر الأحداث الأخيرة في تونس علامة مميزة على ظهور نقطة تحول عملية التطور العالمي، فبعد أن كانت ردود الأفعال الباطشة تنجح دائمًا وكان الصراع الطبقي مكبوحاً لعشرات السنين، جاءت المظاهرات الحاشدة وانتهاء فترة القمع التي دامت 23 عاماً على يد زين العابدين بن علي منذرة بانطلاق عصر جديد سمته الحركات الثورية.
By Ann Talbot, 21 January 2011
“The Tunisian revolution is not far from us,” Amr Moussa told the 22 members of the Arab League gathered at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik for an economic summit.
By Jerry White, 21 January 2011
Various pseudo-left organizations in Europe and the United States are promoting the General Union of Tunisian Workers as the leading force of the uprising that toppled dictator Ben Ali.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2011
Thousands marched again Wednesday in the center of Tunis and in other Tunisian cities demanding the ouster of the deposed dictator’s ministers and the dissolution of his ruling party.
By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2011
At least five ministers have been forced to quit Tunisia’s National Unity Government, less than a day after it was formed, in the face of mass hostility to its domination by the party of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2011
American foreign policy specialists have described the events in Tunisia over the past week as the “first WikiLeaks revolution.”
By Chris Marsden, 18 January 2011
The National Unity Government announced by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi is a coming together of all factions of Tunisia’s ruling elite against the working class, students and small farmers.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2011
The reaction of the French petty-bourgeois pseudo-left to the mass protests that forced Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from office demonstrates their allegiance to imperialism.
By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2011
Tunisia’s ruling elite is seeking to secure its rule in the aftermath of the popular insurgency that forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country and take refuge in Saudi Arabia.
World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 17 January 2011
After decades of triumphant reaction and suppression of the class struggle, the eruption of mass protests in Tunisia and the end to 23 years of repressive rule by President Ben Ali signal the emergence of a new era of revolutionary upheavals.
By Ann Talbot, 15 January 2011
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled Tunisia. A state of emergency has been declared. The army has taken control of the airport, and gatherings of more than three people have been banned.
By Ann Talbot, 14 January 2011
Continuing protests in Tunisia and Algeria threaten to spread to the whole of the Maghreb region and, beyond that, to engulf the Middle East, where the same conditions of poverty and insecurity exist.
By Tom Eley, 13 January 2011
Tunisia imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Tunis after protests against joblessness, high prices, and government corruption erupted in the capital city on Wednesday.
By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2011
Reports emerged yesterday of large-scale killings by Tunisian security forces of protesters rioting against joblessness and poor social conditions under the dictatorial Ben Ali regime.
By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2011
Mass protests against social inequality, food prices, and government repression spread from Tunisia to Algeria last week.
By Ann Talbot, 30 December 2010
Demonstrators clashed with security forces as protests against unemployment spread across Tunisia.