Tunisia’s President, Ben Ali, wins his fifth election since 1987 by a 99 percent margin after he decided on the candidates who could run against him. Before the result is even out he threatens anyone who questions the legitimacy of the poll with libel and possibly prison. According to him the doubters are not patriotic enough and “… have forgotten their moral duty of good behavior.” Oh, and Congo’s Senate President headed the list of foreign election observers who declared the election free and fair. (One of the election monitors compared the election to one run in Surrey in the UK. Apparently Gordon Brown decides who can run against him.)

Ben Ali can’t run again in five years because of age limits. He is 73 years old.

Ben Ali’s government is “… a strong U.S. and European ally.”


Further Reading

Are you safe? Please stay safe

The statistics and scenes of violence against black immigrants in South Africa are horrible. A young Cameroonian student in South Africa writes about what it is like to live under such insecurity.

Eyes on the Prize

Does the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea—now rewarded with a Nobel Prize—bring the kind of cooperation between the two countries that it aspired to do a year ago?