from The Human Impact:

Could corruption be worse in Tunisia, Egypt after Arab Spring?

March 20, 2012

The “Arab Spring” was fuelled in part by popular desire to weed out corruption. But could graft in fact be on the rise in Egypt and Tunisia?

from Africa News blog:

Who among the seven longest serving African leaders will be deposed next?

October 21, 2011

By Isaac Esipisu

Several African leaders watching news of the death of Africa ’s longest serving leader are wondering who among them is next and how they will leave office.

from Tales from the Trail:

Where’s an embattled leader to go?

February 8, 2011

Spa treatment or desert retreat?

With so many possible locations from which to choose and no worries about stretching the 401K, where's an embattled leader to settle in retirement? GERMANY/

from FaithWorld:

Interview -Tunisian Islamists say they’re excluded, call for unity govt.

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2011

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(Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tunis February 3, 2011/Louafi Larbi )

from FaithWorld:

Islamists emerge as powerful force in the new Tunisia

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2011

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(Supporters welcome home Rachid Ghannouchi at the airport in Tunis January 30, 2011. The sign reads: "No fear of Islam"/Louafi Larbi)

from FaithWorld:

Factbox: Who is Tunisia’s Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi?

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2011

Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's main Islamist Ennahda movement returns on Sunday to the country from which he was exiled 22 years ago.

from FaithWorld:

Tunisian Islamists show strength at chief’s return

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2011

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(Photo: Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi (C, with red scarf) is welcomed by supporters upon his arrival in Tunis January 30, 2011/Louafi Larbi)

from FaithWorld:

Analysis: What role for the Islamists in the new Tunisia?

By Reuters Staff
January 21, 2011

tunisia flag (Photo: Shadows of protesters on the Tunisian flag, in Tunis January 15, 2011/Zohra Bensemra)

For years they were jailed or exiled. They were excluded from elections, banned from politics, and played no visible role in Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution. But in the brave new world of multi-party politics, moderate Islamists could attract more followers than their secular rivals like to admit.

from FaithWorld:

Tunisian Muslims worship freely after revolution

By Reuters Staff
January 21, 2011

tunis mosqueFor 23 years, Tunisians prayed in fear. They limited their visits to the mosque. They talked to no one. Women could not wear the veil on the street and men could not wear long beards for fear of arrest. On Friday, for the first time since the overthrow of secular ex-president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians attended their weekly sermon without fear that this public expression of piety would cost them their jobs or their freedom.

from FaithWorld:

Tunisia revolt makes Islamist threat ring hollow

January 19, 2011

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"No to a government born of corruption" “Ben Ali is in Saudi Arabia and the government is the same (hasn’t changed)” in Arabic and "RCD, clear out!" in French. The RCD is the party of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.  In Tunis January 18, 2011/Zohra Bensemra)

The absence of Islamist slogans from Tunisia's pro-democracy revolt punches a hole in the argument of many Arab autocrats that they are the bulwark stopping religious radicals sweeping to power.