Tunisia http://kunc.org en Jailed Tunisian Rapper Is Freed; Song Called Police 'Dogs' http://kunc.org/post/jailed-tunisian-rapper-freed-song-called-police-dogs A Tunisian appeals court has freed rapper Ala Yaacoubi, who last month was sentenced to two years in prison for insulting police officers with his song "The Police Are Dogs."<p>Critics had said the arrest of Yaacoubi, 25, who performs under the name Weld El 15, was a sign of repression in Tunisia, where mass rallies overthrew former leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at the start of the Arab Spring in 2011. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 46581 at http://kunc.org Jailed Tunisian Rapper Is Freed; Song Called Police 'Dogs' Revisiting U.S. Commitment To The Middle East http://kunc.org/post/revisiting-us-commitment-middle-east Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Just two years ago today, the effort to change regimes in many parts of the Islamic world was just beginning. And President Obama was at the U.S. State Department talking about a new chapter in American diplomacy.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It will be the policy of the United States to promote reform across the region and to support the transitions to democracy. That effort begins in Egypt and Tunisia where the stakes are high.<p>MARTIN: Some experts now say that the Obama administration has not lived up to its lofty rhetoric. Sun, 19 May 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 44747 at http://kunc.org Searching For Stability, Tunisia Stumbles http://kunc.org/post/searching-stability-tunisia-stumbles Tunisia took the lead in the Arab Spring back in 2011. Its revolution was swift and largely peaceful. Within months, an assembly was elected to write a new constitution.<p>As other Arab countries grew more violent and chaotic, Tunisia seemed to be showing the way for an orderly transition away from authoritarian rule.<p>But it's been getting more complicated in Tunisia recently. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:08:00 +0000 Kiran Alvi 40943 at http://kunc.org Searching For Stability, Tunisia Stumbles Tunisian Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Crisis http://kunc.org/post/tunisian-prime-minister-steps-down-amid-crisis Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation during a news conference today, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21508498">the BBC reports</a>.<p>Jebali resigned after days of protests erupted in the country. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:34:00 +0000 40404 at http://kunc.org Tunisian Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Crisis A Murder Deepens Tunisia's Political Crisis http://kunc.org/post/murder-deepens-tunisias-political-crisis The political crisis in Tunisia is deepening after last week's murder of a prominent secular politician. Tunisians are increasingly divided over their country's government and future, just two years after collectively overthrowing the dictator in a popular revolution.<p>The murder of outspoken politician Chokri Belaid shocked Tunisians to their core. Tens of thousands of people turned out to bury him Friday in the main cemetery in Tunis, the capital. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:40:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 40134 at http://kunc.org A Murder Deepens Tunisia's Political Crisis