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Women dominate 2011 Nobel Peace Prize (Interview with winners)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 10, 2011

The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 was awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”.

  Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman

Residence at the time of the award: Yemen

Prize motivation: “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”

Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician and senior member of Al-Islah political party, and human rights activist who heads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains,” which she co-founded in 2005. She gained prominence in her country after 2005 in her roles as a Yemeni journalist and an advocate for a mobile phone news service denied a license in 2007, after which she led protests for press freedom. She organized weekly protests after May 2007 expanding the issues for reform. She redirected the Yemini protests to support the “Jasmine Revolution,” as she calls the Arab Spring, after the Tunisian people overthrew the government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. She has been a vocal opponent who has called for the end of President’s Ali Abdullah Saleh regime.

Tawakel Karman was born on 7 February 1979 in MekhlafTa’izz province, Yemen. She grew up near Taiz, which is the third largest city in Yemen and is described as a place of learning in a conservative country. She is the daughter of Abdel Salam Karman, a lawyer and politician, who once served and later resigned as Legal Affairs Minister in Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government. She is the sister of Tariq Karman, who is a poet, and Safa Karman, who works for Al-Jazeera. She is married to Mohammed al-Nahmi and is the mother of three children.

Karman earned an undergraduate degree in commerce from the University of Science and Technology, Sana’a and a graduate degree in political science from the University of Sana’a.

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Italian Internet gurus claim credit for Mideast revolutions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2011

A Tunis meeting prepared the groundwork for more modern communications.

Philip Willan (IDG News Service)

The Internet has played a crucial role in the popular revolts that have inflamed the Middle East and Italian communications experts claim they contributed significantly when they launched an appeal for an Internet Bill of Rights at the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis several years ago.

The wave of popular rebellions that have shaken undemocratic Arab regimes from Cairo to Bahrain and Tripoli began in Tunisia in mid-December after a street vendor vented his anger at the police by setting himself on fire.News of Mohamed Bouazizi’s dramatic gesture was spread by the country’s estimated 2 million Facebook users, while WikiLeaks’ publication of U.S. diplomatic cables detailing the corruption of the ruling family added to popular resentment of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Internet-based social networks have been vital in summoning protesters to public demonstrations, but Italian analysts say the Internet has been even more important for the way it has fostered popular anger and a desire for freedom.”The net has been fundamental for the gradual creation of a public consciousness that paved the way for the revolt,” said Alessandro Gilioli, author of “The Enemies of the Net,” a new book about the obstacles to the development of Internet in Italy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leila Trabelsi, Former Tunisian First Lady, Family Despised By Nation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2011

It is already kind of general rule all over the world that responsibi­lity / post directly proportion­al to mafia.
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New Leader In Tunisia Calls For A Unity Government

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2011

Tunisia’s new interim president called for the formation of a coalition government as riots and unrest continued to grip the North African country.

It was another tumultuous day in Tunisia’s capital, marked by gunshots, helicopters flying overhead and a fast-paced series of political changes for this normally staid North African country.

Just hours after hardline president Zine El Abdine Ben Ali fled the country, Tunisia swore in a new, interim leader. He is Fouad Mebazza, the former head of the lower house of parliament. He has ordered the creation of a unity government that includes members of the opposition.   The Tunisia Constitutional Council, which swore in Mr. Mebazza, says the new leader has 60 days to hold new presidential elections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tunisia Revolution News (Latest Updates)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 15, 2011

Congratula­tion and wishing all the best with new president!
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