The power struggle in Tunisia and possible solutions

There is a complex constitutional crisis in Tunisia following President Kais Saied’s refusal to allow new ministers to join the government and take their constitutional oath even after they were given a vote of confidence by parliament. The resultant political crisis has deepened the differences between the president, the speaker of parliament and the prime minister. All possible escape routes out of this crisis remain open to complex calculations. There are also intense debates wherein each party sticks to its positions and barricades itself behind a wall of constitutional powers. Possible solutions to the crisis revolve around three basic propositions: one is presented by Saied, and two are proposed by others. The president’s proposal is accepted and supported by the opposition parties and the parliamentary blocs that support them. It includes two options: the first calls for dismissing ministers who he says are suspected of corruption or conflicts of interest. This is regarded as one of the easiest and most reasonable options for resolving the crisis, but it will not end it completely, because the president believes that the main problem lies in the cabinet reshuffle, which he describes as illegal, since it brought about a change not only in

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Italy: Release of fishermen in Libya made in return for restoring relations with Haftar

The release of the Sicilian fishermen in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi has taken place in exchange for restoring relations with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, the Italian foreign minister announced yesterday. Luigi Di Maio denied recent media reports of a “prisoner exchange deal”, stressing that the rumours were “groundless”. “To release our fishermen, we were asked to release four smugglers, which was impossible,” Di Maio told reporters, referring to his recent visit to Benghazi with the Italian premier, Giuseppe Conte. “We had to re-establish relations with Haftar,” he added. “Italy has always had good relations with Haftar, and last year we both met nine times, but our relationship was cut for three months after his forces detained Sicilian fishermen on charges of penetrating Libyan territorial waters early last September,” he said. Italy recognises the legitimacy of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which is backed by the United Nations. Libya to Italy: Seek France mediation to release captives from Haftar

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Jamaica's Lowe signs for Egypt football club Al-Ittihad

Jamaican defender and captain Damion Lowe has signed for the Egyptian Premier League football club Al-Ittihad becoming the first Jamaican player in an Egyptian club. Lowe arrived in Cairo on Friday where he was greeted by Al-Ittihad’s Manager Bilal Nazir and club President Mohamed Moselhy. The 27-year-old previously played for US United Soccer League (USL) side Phoenix Rising FC since September but due to a COVID-19 outbreak among some of the league’s players the season was concluded without a champion ahead of his team’s scheduled final against Tampa Bay Rowdies earlier last month. “I’m excited and very optimistic. I’ve been out of a contract for a couple of weeks since leaving Phoenix Rising and it’s a new adventure for me. I think I’m the first Jamaican to play professionally here, so I see this as me opening doors to another market for other Jamaicans to come,” he said in a report by the Jamaica Observer. “I’m looking forward to meeting the team and to start training and getting back to playing well and being on my ‘A game’,” he was quoted as saying ahead of the semi-final fixture against champions Al-Ahly in Cairo which will kick off tonight. Egypt Cup

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Egypt arrests 14 for racism against black Zamalek football player

At least 14 people have been arrested for racism aimed at a top Zamalek football player after a highly disturbing video circulated on Facebook. The video shows a crowd of people chanting “Shikabala, Shikabala” – the nickname for Mohamed Abdel Razek, who is black – and raising a black dog wearing a Zamalek football shirt with the number 10 above their heads. It was circulated following Zamalek’s defeat at the hands of Al-Ahly. Abdel Razek, who is originally from Aswan, has been the victim of racist attacks in the past. In 2010 the player announced he was quitting international football as a result. In 2015 football player Ahmed Almerghani, who is also from Aswan, appeared on the Egyptian call-in TV show Al-Aashira Masaa. Following the show, Zamalek President Mortada Mansour called Almerghani a “traitor” in what was interpreted by analysts at the time as racism. READ: Egypt football player Mido Jaber feared forcibly disappeared from army hotel Nubians are often targeted for racism due to their darker skin, which is perpetuated by Egyptian media and the film industry, which often casts Nubians to play characters who come across as stupid. In addition to racism against football players, rights groups have criticised the racism prevalent among Egyptian

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Egypt police detain dancer for 'wearing an outfit betraying ancient heritage'

Egyptian police have detained a photographer and a dancer after they shot images outside the pyramids of Giza. Last week, Salma Elshimy posted photographs of herself in an ancient Egyptian dress in front of the Pyramid of Djoser in the Saqqara archaeological area. Local news reported that Salma, dubbed “the Saqqara girl”, exploited the cultural value of the antiquities in inappropriate Pharaonic clothes. READ: Journalist Solafa Magdy spends 1 year in Egypt prison Sources told Masrawy that she wore a black abaya while entering the area so as not to attract attention, then took it off for the photographs. Director of the Saqqara Antiquities Zone, Mohamed Youssef, said that Salma has been referred for investigation and that legal measures would be taken against her for wearing outfits that betrayed ancient heritage. Salma is a graduate of nursing from Ain Shams University. She has also published a number of videos on TikTok. Over the last several months Egyptian authorities have arrested a number of female influencers who have become known as the TikTok girls in what is seen as a crackdown on women and social media influencers.

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Ennahda leader defends inclusion of ex-officials of Ben Ali regime

The Chairman of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement has renewed his call for a comprehensive national reconciliation with the former regime’s officials who choose to be reintegrated in the post-revolution political scene and adhere to the new constitution. Rached Ghannouchi said that this is better than retaliation and rupture, Anadolu has reported. The Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament made his comment during a speech in parliament on Sunday. It was his response to criticism voiced by deputies following the recent appointment of Mohamed Ghariani as adviser to the Speaker in charge of reconciliation and the completion of the transitional justice file. Ghariani served as secretary general of the Democratic Constitutional Rally Party — led by former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali — from 2008 until the party’s dissolution in March 2011, following the popular revolution that overthrew Ben Ali’s regime. His appointment, explained Ghannouchi, is part of the process to provide advisers who are neutral. “Some object to this decision, but when dealing with the former regime, only two methods are usually applicable: reconciliation or revenge.”  Ghannouchi clarifies statements on France, offensive caricatures of Prophet Ennahda’s Chairman pointed out that retaliation has been seen in other Arab Spring countries, which led

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BREAKING: Egypt arrests sister of political detainee Alaa Abdelfattah

Sanaa Seif, the sister of political prisoner Alaa Abdelfattah, has been kidnapped outside the attorney general’s office in a van

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Egypt, the Renaissance Dam and the UN Security Council

For the second time in a matter of weeks, the government in Egypt is trying to refer the case of

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Libyan government ‘proves’ Haftar's financial corruption

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) revealed two documents on Monday which allegedly prove Khalifa Haftar’s involvement in financial corruption.

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Egypt: Human rights defender forcibly disappeared for 7 days

Egyptian security forces have arrested the human rights defender Ahmed Amasha and forcibly disappeared him for seven days. In a

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Yemen’s Houthi leader advises Sisi against military intervention in Libya

Yemen’s Houthi leader, Mohamed Ali Al-Houthi, urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi not to launch a military intervention in Libya.

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Is the Coronavirus Scare a Psychological Operation?

First published June 3, 2020 Governments have used psychological warfare throughout history to manipulate public opinion, gain political advantage, and

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Coronavirus – The Aftermath. A Coming Mega-Depression…

First published by GR on April 9, 2020 What will be next? Is a question on many people’s minds. Very

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Fact Check: Sen. Tim Kaine Claims U.S. 'Didn't Inherit Slavery … We Created It'

Claim: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) claimed during a floor speech on Tuesday that the United States did not inherit slavery

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Dreamtime: a cruel delusion of British anthropologists

This was first published by cairnsnews 25th September 2015. We were inundated with inquiries about the real ancestry of Australian

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Will the Convergence of the First World and Third World Happen? Some Thoughts on Guillaume Durocher's Attempts to Debunk the Convergence Theory and How Jewish Supremacist Power plays into All of This.

http://www.unz.com/gdurocher/the-convergence-hoax/ Both Daron Acemoglu and Guillaume Durocher are failing to see the big picture and missing the point. There are

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Is White Genocide Brewing in South Africa?

[embedded content][embedded content] Christopher Mathias poster on Twitter: “Don’t invite people on your show to argue there is a White

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