Soumaya Ghannoushi

Soumaya Ghannoushi is a researcher in the history of ideas at the School of Oriental and African Studies

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 9:44am
Libya Now Set To Be Scene of Multiple Battles
After six months of defiant resistance, fiery speeches, chilling threats and blood-curdling brutality, Gaddafi has finally fallen on his sword . His collapse, however, is far from the end of the story. Instead, it heralds the start of a more complicated chapter in his country's history. As tanks surround Gaddafi's last outposts in Sirte, the cold war over the country's future gathers pace.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:53am
Obama, Hands Off Our Spring
The first wave of Arab revolutions is entering its second phase: dismantling the structures of political despotism, and embarking on the arduous journey towards genuine change and democratisation. The US, at first confused by the loss of key allies, is now determined to dictate the course and outcome of this ongoing revolution.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:56am
After Unscripted Arab Drama, the West Sneaks Back on Set
Arab dictators were not the only ones to have been taken aback by the scale and speed of events in the region . Their allies were also caught off guard. The changes were simply "too much, too fast", as a stunned US official put it.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 9:55am
Tunisians Must Dismantle the Monster Ben Ali Built
Few Tunisians could have imagined that a president who had repressed and stifled them for more than 23 years could be so fragile, so vulnerable. As soon as the uprising that raged around the country for just over four weeks reached its capital, Tunis – with waves of protesters besieging the interior ministry, the seat of one of the region's most brutal police machines, chanting "We are free, get out!" – he fell apart like a paper tiger.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 3:38pm
Gaza Explodes: Borders Have Turned Into Instruments of Collective Punishment
Gaza has exploded . After months of crushing siege, thousands marched to the Rafah border and, defying police bullets, batons, dogs, and water canons, tore the fences behind which they have been caged for months, crossing into Egypt out of the Gazan abyss.Gaza is a big prison. A wall, electric fences and watchtowers manned by hundreds of armed soldiers make escape almost impossible.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 4:18pm
Muslim Women: Damsels in Distress?
It seems that Muslim women - particularly those living in western capitals- are destined to remain besieged by two debilitating discourses, which though different in appearance, are one in essence. The first of these is conservative and exclusionist, sentencing Muslim women to a life of childbearing and rearing, lived out in the narrow confines of their homes at the mercy of fathers, brothers, and husbands. Revolving around notions of sexual purity and family honour, it appeals to religion for justification and legitimisation.
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