Archive for October 22nd, 2011

Tunisians make case for historic elections

October 22, 2011
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Yamen Zaidi cheered and clapped, punching the air in a café near the weekly open air market in Tunisia’s coastal resort of Monastir. But Yamen was not watching a European football match at the café. He was sitting with his friends, talking about the country’s historic elections to be held on Sunday.
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High turnout among overseas Tunisians in historic elections

October 22, 2011
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Turnout for the elections held for Tunisian expatriates has been high, particularly in Europe, officials have said. Unlike their compatriots at home who have only one day, Sunday, to elect their candidates, the 338,712 Tunisians living abroad and eligible to have three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to cast their ballots in the 437...
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Tunisia elects assembly on Sunday: Fresh start?

October 22, 2011
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Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday in the first real test for the emerging democracies in the Arab world. Around four million people will be casting their ballots to elect the 218 representatives who will draft a new constitution and choose who will run the North African country where the chain of events...
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Tunisia set for first vote after Arab Spring

October 22, 2011
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Campaigning comes to a close in Tunisia at midnight, a day before its first democratic elections in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Tunisians will vote on Sunday for a constituent assembly that will rewrite the constitution and appoint a president who will form a new government to lead the country for the duration...
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Tunisians ready to vote amid high hopes for better lives

October 22, 2011
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Tunisia’s marbled airport looked impeccably neat as passengers coming from Europe and Arab countries queued up to stamp their passports at the police counters. Blond children, seemingly from northern Europe where schools are on a mini break, punctured the silence with their hearty giggles. Outside, under the warm glow of the autumn sun, the...
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Rare Italian book exhibition opens in Qatar

October 22, 2011
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An Arabic translation of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, the most translated Italian book in the world, is among a rare collection of books currently on display at the ‘Written in Italy’ book expo in Doha. The unique exhibition that has already gone to 12 cities across the globe showcases over 500 Italian novels translated in...
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Hefty fine for ‘free visa’ trafficker in Qatar

October 22, 2011
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A Qatari sponsor has been fined QR800,000 ($219,579) for “selling” work visas in a move to clamp down on illegal “free visa” trade. The man, referred to by an interior ministry official as a ‘sponsor,’ was asked to pay the fine based on the number of visas that he had sold.
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New Bahrain MP faces expulsion as session is marred by insults, threats

October 22, 2011
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A Bahraini lawmaker who was elected this month to the lower could be expelled after fellow MPs endorsed a petition to remove him. MP Osama Muhanna Al Tamimi enraged several lawmakers after he reportedly insulted veteran MP Ghanim Al Buainain during a heated argument and threatened to hit him with the booklet he had...
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Alleged kidnap story sparks Qatar internet frenzy

October 22, 2011
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An alleged attempt by an Indian to kidnap a young Qatari student has sparked frenzy on Qatari social networking sites. A woman, giving her name as Um Jaber, told Qatar Radio that a Qatari student was waiting near his home for the school bus when an Indian tried to kidnap him.
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Kuwait’s government denies resignation claims

October 22, 2011
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Kuwait’s government will not submit its resignation to the Emir and will continue to perform its duties, officials have said. The denial was made after Kuwait became awash with rumours on Tuesday that the government, under intense pressure from opposition lawmakers to leave, has decided to quit after the resignation of Shaikh Mohammad Al...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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