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TUNIS -- Tunisians vote Sunday in an election seen as pivotal to establishing democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, with security forces deploying heavily to avert extremist attacks. The North African nation has been hailed as a beacon of hope compared with other chaos-hit countries like Libya and Egypt where regimes were also toppled. But its transition has been tested at times by militant attacks and social unrest. On the eve of the polls, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa warned of possible jihadist attacks aimed at [...]
Terrorism has been associated with different faiths at different times. These days it is with Muslims. It evinces three broad responses: One group says it’s all about Islam — doesn’t it say in the Qur’an, “Slay the infidels?” So, all Muslims everywhere must “take responsibility” for terrorism. And all should be treated as suspects. The second group says Islam means peace. It’s the Bible that’s replete with references to violence — “Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight,” etc. It is unhelpful to blame 1.5 billion [...]
Despite the turmoil surrounding Tunisia, its cohesive society has brought about stability and, this weekend, the countrys second free elections Tunisia is bracing itself for the second open and free elections since its revolution and the . While the rest of the Arab spring countries Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen have slid either into chaos and civil strife or back into the bleak and brutal era of military coups, Tunisia seems to have withstood the powerful storms raging around it and . The country has adopted a modern democratic [...]