Tag Archive: Tunisia

Feb 10 2014


Young people in Tunisia are posting videos of themselves dancing to Pharrell’s Happy song as a form of defiance. Islamists have said the dancing is just “debauchery and moral decay” but the videos have received tens of thousands of hits and loads of support. Their coming to power heralds the death of music and dance so …

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Jul 18 2013

Channel 4 – Report on this!

I wrote earlier about Channel 4′s daily call to prayer for Ramadan as much of the same old same old pandering to identity politics. In my previous post I mentioned how Channel 4 should report on the many who refuse to fast and who are threatened into fasting and still refuse. Here’s a great example of …

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Jun 13 2013

Witch Trials in Tunisia


The three young German and French FEMEN activists who protested topless at a Tunisian court in defence of Amina have been sentenced to four months in prison! According to an interview with one of their lawyers: We knew that the maximum sentence was six months. The court in Tunis has not gone so far but …

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May 04 2013

Amina: No more moral lessons


Here is the latest photo from Amina Tyler of FEMEN Tunisia. No More Moral Lessons, indeed! You can donate to support Amina here; I just did. Amina continues her protests in Tunisia. On 1 May, Amina and other activists protested against the representatives of the Congress Party for the Republic Moncef Marzouki, including against the …

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Apr 29 2013

Support Amina!


Dear friends, Amina is asking for support! She is preparing to escape from Tunisia for her own safety. Please join the campaign to support Amina by donating here. As has been previously reported, Amina was kidnapped by her family after posting a topless photo of herself for Femen Tunisia. On April 12, Amina managed to …

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Apr 16 2013

Amina: “I will continue the struggle in Tunisia”

Amina’s first talk with FEMEN’s Inna Shevchenko after her escape from detention. Amina was kidnapped, denied contact with friends and FEMEN, beaten, taken to a psychiatrist, drugged, forced to read the Koran and taken to imams though she is an atheist, taught “morals”, given a virginity test… all because she posted a topless photo of …

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Apr 05 2013

Today is our day to defend our Amina


Updated 5 April, 22:00 hours April 4 was our day to defend our Amina. The 19 year old Tunisian FEMEN activist whose only “crime” was to post a topless photo of herself saying: “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” and “fuck your morals”. Whilst she has done nothing wrong, …

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Apr 02 2013

Why an International Day to Defend Amina?

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Below is a compilation of questions I have been responding to on 4 April for various journalists: Why an International Day to Defend Amina? When I heard that 19 year old Tunisian Amina had been threatened with death for posting a topless photo of herself bearing the slogan “my body belongs to me, and is …

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Mar 28 2013

Free Amina, Free Tunisia: It is the same cry


Writer and filmmaker Caroline Fourest, one of the signatories calling for an International Day to Defend Amina has written about Amina in French here. Even with the not very fluent google translation into English, what is clear from her article is that Amina’s detention within her family – with the assistance of the police – …

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Mar 24 2013

Let’s Breast Them


UPDATED 3 April 2013 (More photos and actions below) Demonstrations and actions are now being held in Brussels, Rio, Montreal, Vancouver, Paris, Berlin, Bremen, Bonn, Frankfurt, Malmo, Gotenburg, Stockholm, Milan, Kiev, London, San Francisco, Warsaw and more. See below for more details. The 19 year old Tunisian Amina who posted a topless photo of herself with the slogan “my …

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Mar 22 2013

Release Amina Now

UPDATE 23/03/2013 One of the people who kidnapped Amina has been boasting that they did it for “her own good”. It is unclear though whether she has been hospitalised  or held somewhere else. Her phone has been taken from her and communication with her has been stopped so  we do not receive any information from …

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Mar 21 2013

4 April 2013: International Day to Defend Amina; she represents us

UPDATES AND MORE: 4 April 2013: Today is our day to defend our Amina 3 April 2013: For Amina: My body against political Islam. No Sharia. 3 April 2013: On 4 April, we will breast them! 2 April 2013: Why an International Day to Defend Amina? 2 April 2013: I have no regrets 28 March …

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Mar 19 2013

Amina represents me


An Islamist preacher says 19 year old Tunisian Amina (FEMEN Tunisia) who posted a topless photo of herself bearing the slogan “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” deserves to be stoned to death. A lawyer has said she may face up to 2 years’ imprisonment and fines as a …

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Mar 14 2013

Neither Allah nor Master


Very often apostasy and blasphemy cases that are highlighted are of men though there are some well known atheist women from the Middle East and North Africa who have courageously challenged Islamism and defended secularism. Everyone knows a few (very few) of them – like Taslima Nasreen, Mina Ahadi and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. But there are …

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Apr 24 2012

We cannot remain silent about Islamist attacks on Tunisia’s universities

The below statement has been initiated by Djemila Benhabib and Caroline Fourest and supported by myself, Mina Ahadi, Boualem Sansal, Taslima Nasreen, Shoukria Haïdar, Elisabeth Badinter, Elisabeth Roudinesco, Nadia Geerts and many others. Please sign on to it in the comments section below and I can forward it to Djemila: The entire Tunisian university community …

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