TUNIS — The last time Tunisia plunged into political crisis — its infant democracy unraveling amid political deadlock, assassinations and mass unrest — it fell to the country’s traditional guardians to find a way forward. A heavyweight coalition of unions, lawyers and rights activists stepped in to preserve the constitutionalContinue Reading

TUNIS — The last time Tunisia plunged into political crisis — its infant democracy unraveling amid political deadlock, assassinations and mass unrest — it fell to the country’s traditional guardians to find a way forward. A heavyweight coalition of unions, lawyers and rights activists stepped in to preserve the constitutionalContinue Reading

CAIRO — At the height of the traditional Ramadan TV season, big-budget, star-studded shows captivate millions of Egyptians every night of the holy month with high drama and low comedy. But one episode of the most politically charged show stood out. The government-produced hit series “The Choice 3” purports toContinue Reading

CAIRO — The price of groceries was going up everywhere Souad Amer checked, so it was with nervous hope that she waded into a government-subsidized market in her Cairo neighborhood where a loudspeaker blared a jingle promising cheap essentials for Ramadan. Browsing boxes of dates — which Egyptians traditionally eatContinue Reading

TUNIS, Tunisia — For roughly three months after Tunisians toppled their dictator in January 2011 in an eruption of protest that electrified the Arab world, Ali Bousselmi felt nothing but “pure happiness.” The decade that followed, during which Tunisians adopted a new Constitution, gained freedom of speech and voted inContinue Reading