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Tunisphere: Mauritania's elections, Super shield and Mohammed Abbou.

Mauritania's presidential elections were almost ignored on the Tunisian blogosphere. Only Nadia From Tunis brought attention to this historical event in this country, a member of the UMA (Arab Maghreb Union). In this article, Nadia talked about all the miraculous decisions made by a military who took over using force in this region of Africa where leadership is never taken away peacefully. The post is somehow alluding to the current situation in the rest of the Maghreb and African countries:

Le 11 mars, regardez vers l'ouest
La Mauritanie, vous savez le petit pays qui fait partie de l'UMA, là-bas juste en dessous du Maroc. Mais si! Le pays ou tout le monde s'appelle Oueld quelque chose ? Vous voyez de quoi je parle ?
Bref, dans ce petit coin perdu qui n'a jamais notre attention, on s'apprête à vivre un évènement historique. Le 11 mars prochain, des “élections présidentielles”, des vraies, vont avoir lieu! (pour ceux qui ne sauraient pas ce que cette expression veut dire, restez sous votre bouclier, c'est mieux) […]
Le CMJD organise un référendum constitutionnel qui entérine notamment la réduction du mandat présidentiel à 5 ans et son renouvellement à une seule fois, ainsi que des élections municipales, législatives et sénatoriales. Il abroge un texte de lois qui restreignait les conditions d'associations, de réunions publiques et d'expression, gracie des opposants emprisonnés et permet le retour au pays des autres, met fin au système de censure et libère la presse et l'audiovisuel, réforme le statut de la magistrature pour garantir la neutralité des juges, met en place des procédures pour réduire la corruption, renforce le dossier des finances publiques, et réduit la dette extérieure. La meilleure reste quand même le miracle suivant: après 19 mois à la tête du pays, le colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall “se retire” pour laisser la place à son successeur, qui sera élu en mars, et martèle la nécessité de préserver la neutralité totale des dirigeants en cette période décisive[…]

On March 11th, take a look toward the west.
Mauritania, you know the small country, member of the UMA, over there, just south of Morocco, you see! That country where all the people name start with Oueld something? Do you see what I am talking about?
So, in this small part of the word that never came to our attention, people are about to live an historical event. On March 11th, “presidential elections” will take place! (For those who wouldn't know the meaning of that expression, stay under your shield, it is better that way)**[…]
The CMJD (military council for justice and democracy) is organizing a constitutional referendum that will confirm the reduction of the president mandate to 5 years and limit its renewal to one time only, along with municipal, congressional and senatorial elections. It will also repeal a law that restricted the freedom of association, public reunion and speech. It will reprieve and pardon all political prisoners and allow the return of the exiled. It will also end censorship and guarantee freedom of speech to the press and the audiovisual industry. It will reform the judicial system to guarantee judge's neutrality, put in place a process for dealing with corruption, reinforce public finance and reduce external debts. The best of all is the following miracle: After 19 months as the head of the state, Colonel Ould Mohamed Vall will “step down” and yield to his successor who will be elected in March and he kept pointing out the need for total neutrality of the current government during this decisive period […]

**Nadia here made an implicit reference to another excellent article she wrote this week, about how the country (Tunisia) lives under a super shield that protects us from all the bad stuff. She was alluding to the editorial line of our national press, and the official state of the country as depicted by the government.

Quoi? Vous n'êtes pas au courant ? Mais si je vous dis, il y a un Super Bouclier installé juste au dessus de la Tunisie. Naturellement, il épouse parfaitement les contours du pays, on a utilisé des cartes très précises quand on l'a installé !

[…]

Le Super Bouclier protège des idées extrémistes. Même quand certains individus mal intentionnés ont réussi à franchir les frontières, ce n'était évidemment pas ici qu'ils avaient tout appris, car ici tout ce qui se dit est pur et pacifique, pas de manipulations, pas d'endoctrinement, pas de misère, donc pas de danger. Et puis de qui se moque-t-on? un tunisien n'est par définition pas si crédule pour se laisser faire!

[…]

Le Super Bouclier protège des crises économiques. Dès qu'ils atteignent le Bouclier, les chiffres gonflent, les profits se multiplient, les avancées deviennent tellement énormes que les autres pays de la région sont admiratifs de notre succès.

Le Super Bouclier protège de la connerie humaine, tout citoyen tunisien est tellement intelligent qu'il sait absolument tout sur tout, qu'il a des certitudes sur chaque chose, parce que le Bouclier attire et filtre pour lui toutes les connaissances dignes d'être acquises, pas besoin de lire, de s'informer, de faire autre chose que profiter de la présence de cet outil miracle qui nourrit son esprit.

Par contre, le Super Bouclier a un inconvénient. A force de perfectionner ses filtres, on y a malencontreusement introduit un “bug” : un filtre contre la “conscience” …

What? Aren't you aware? Yes, let me tell you. There is a super shield installed just above Tunisia. It is precisely following the twist and turns of the country borders, they used very precise maps when it was installed.

[…]

The super shield protects from extremist ideas. Even when some ill-intentioned guys had succeeded in crossing our borders, it was not obviously here that they learned it all, because here, all what is said is pure and peaceful, no manipulation, no propaganda, no misery so no danger. And then, who are we mocking? Tunisians are not that credulous to fall in the trap.

[…]

The super shield protects from financial crisis. As soon as they reach the shield, the numbers got exaggerated, profits increases by folds, the progress becomes so huge that other countries in the region become admiring of our success.
The super shield protects from human foolishness, every Tunisian citizen is so smart that he knows it all, certain of everything he knows, because the shield attracts and filters in all the knowledge worth to have. No need to read, learn nor doing anything besides taking advantage of this miraculous tool that feed our soul.
Nonetheless, the super shield has an inconvenient. By keeping perfecting its filters, a bug got unintentionally introduced”: a filter against the “conscience”…

Another event that did not get enough coverage on the Tunisphere is the second anniversary of the imprisonment of Lawyer Mohamed Abbou from Tunisia. He was convicted on fictitious charges because he was critical to the president in an article published on the internet. Zizou from Djerba mentioned it briefly in his blog.

Une petite pensée pour Maitre Mohamed Abbou. Il a été condamné a 3 ans et demi de prison et il vient aujourd'hui d'achever sa deuxieme année sous les verrous.

A little thought to Mr Mohamed Abbou. He was condemned to 3 and a half years and today it has been 2 years since he was jailed.

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