Visual artist Ra di Martino grew up loving Star Wars. A few years ago, she set out to photograph the ruins of the old sets used to film the movie’s desert scenes. It took her to Morocco, and Tunisia, where she found the house Luke Skywalker lived in.
The arrest of Egyptian satirist, Bassem Yousef, over the weekend made us ask how freedom of expression has evolved in the nations affected by the Arab Spring. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with middle east expert, Michael Wahid Hanna at the Century Foundation.
Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the School of International Studies, SciencesPo in Paris, is in Boston to lecture at Harvard on the topic revolution, Islamism and jihad in North Africa, but he stopped by our studio to talk with anchor Marco Werman about his other interest, hip hop inspired by the Arab Spring.
It’s been two years since the revolution that swept Tunisia’s long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power. Ben Ali was forced to flee to Saudi Arabia, but it he left behind a palace-full of luxury possessions.
In Tunisia, major protests followed the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, gunned down in front of his home Wednesday in Tunis.
The January hostage siege at Algeria’s In Amenas gas field has only deepened Algerians fear of militant Islamist, says Time magazine’s Vivienne Walt.
Last year, 17 journalists were killed in Syria. One of them was award-winning French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik. His friend Belgo-Tunisian Karim Ben Khelifa says Ochlik is remembered as someone who felt invested in his mission: to tell the stories of the people at the heart of the conflicts.
Two years ago Monday, Mohamed Bouazizi committed a personal act of protest. The young fruit seller from the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid set himself on fire – and set off a revolution.
Protests sparked by a video said to mock Islam are continuing to spread around the Mulsim world. Western embassies have been targeted and in some cases attacked in several countries, from Tunisia and Sudan to Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Nasser Weddady of the American Islamic Congress about the recent violence in the Arab world. Through Twitter, Facebook and blogs, Weddady helped train a core group of activists who led last year’s Arab Spring.
The Arab Spring has engendered a new wave of artistic expression in Tunisia. eL Seed is a French-Tunisian graffiti artist who has been commissioned to paint on walls, from streets to mosques. He talks to anchor Marco Werman about how graffiti art has evolved in Tunisia.
Here are some of the stories we’re thinking about this morning through a selection of tweets from The World’s newsroom, Monday August 27.
There’s a place in North Africa that resembles the desert planet Tatooine. In fact the country we want you to name served as the backdrop for many key Star Wars scenes. Where does one go to find Luke Skywalker’s home?
Looking at a song that became a musical symbol for the Arab Spring.
Tunisian singer Sonia M’Barek performs a musical style with roots in the courts of Al-Andalus, the medieval Muslim kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula.