Echoes from the Tunisian blogosphere

Afrique Magazine (in French) has a feature article by the name “Blogmania Au Maghreb” talking about blogging in the Maghreb countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Morroco, Libya & Mauritania).
The article highlights the Tunisian bloggers as pioneers and leaders of blogging in the region. A number of Tunisian bloggers talk about this: Adib (in French), Karim and Marwen. A pdf of the scanned article was made and published online by Karim.

Zizou from Djerba, who will be leaving Tunisia soon to go study at the AUB in Beirut (in French), wonders what happened to Tunisian berbers and how he was wrong to think that it was a good thing they were assimilated into the general population. He now realizes how enriching multiculturalism can be and wishes their culture could be revived in Tunisia.

Adib is happy to announce the launch of a new portal about Kelibia (in French) , the beautiful Tunisian coastal city. The portal is an online gathering place for the people of the city and its lovers; providing information about cultural events, sports, arts and more in the city.

Karim wonders how come the new Omega 3 eggs, which are genetically modified products being sold by Al Mazraa (a Tunisian poultry store chain), don't carry any kind of label mentioning that to the clients nor any sort of certification from the government. He also wonders what the Tunisian law has to say about such products.

On the occasion of the Egyptian presidential elections, Houssein dreams of a democratic Egypt (in French) and thinks that the day that happens the rest of the Arab world will follow, reasoning that Arab countries have always followed Egypt in its idealogical, political, cultural and artistic tendancies; from Islamism, to pan-arab nationalism, to popular tv shows and mythical singers.

Thysdrus reports that Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom will be visiting Tunisia in November, accompanied by Dalia Isaac, Minister of Communications, to take part in the World Summit on Information Society.

Marwen is waiting for Tunisia's newest and largest shopping mall yet, under the name “Tunis City”, to open on September 29, 2005, hoping it will ease the huge pressure on the other malls and shopping centres.

Tom reports the recent rise in fuel prices in Tunisia (in Arabic); the second in two months. The rise is due to the record prices oil has reached worldwide.

Nawarat reviews the new women's fashion tendancies for the Autumn-Winter 2006 season (in French), joking that fashion magazines don't seem to know that people in Tunisia are still sweating from the heat and that summer sales are still going on.

Nasnoussa ponders (in French) on how some people in Tunisia are willing to spend huge amounts of money on a night out, while others have to go through weeks without even being able to buy and eat a meat-based meal; and that in the end they're both unhappy.

Zied can't understand why people like horror movies (in French). He thinks all the plots are similar and that all the techniques never change, with a serial killer popping up every now and then.


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