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Do you object to equal share of inheritance in Tunisia?WHY?

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Yesterday, I posted an announcement on my facebook profile which claims that the transitional government lifts restrictions on women's rights treaty CEDAW .I added a comment on the post saying: “finally! still they should have a look into the article 16 of the UDHR to fully establish gender equality”. Well, the announcement didn't surprise me as the reaction and comments of my friends did. Some commented by saying:"this is a good start" and "good news" while others have furiously attacked this, saying" No way!!” “nonsense” “astaghfar Allah” “is the UDHR above God’s will and the Quran?” “Shame on them! are we negotiating and changing our Shariaa!!”

Media Control and Political Power in democratic societies ?!

Generally perceived as working to inform and enlighten public opinion, media, in western democracies, can also be a propagandistic rhetoric, manipulated by political power.

The media is a communication power that could transform the whole society. Media has an incredible degree of influence with respect to shaping thought .This strength can be used constructively by educating people or destructively by misleading them. The West keeps criticizing the media controlled by dictatorships but what about media in democratic societies? How the media should influence the political climate and democratic process in Western democracies and are the media used by the state as propaganda arms in the West? It seems that the supposed role of the media has not been accomplished, even in western democracies, because of state media control. Accordingly, media's power declines as a democracy becomes more established.

The last two decades have seen an unprecedented spread of democracy around the globe. …

A World of continuous human tragedies...

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Itwould seem that almost everyone has heard of the Holocaust, the enormous tragedy in Germany during the WWII that involved the execution of millions of Jews as well as Gypsies, homosexuals and other alienated groups. It seems too that we are all human beings, we are all in a difficult experience together and the sooner we realize it the better. However, are lessons of history invaluable in determining the course of the future? In fact, many historians propagated the Holocaust as a lie. Nevertheless, “no two historians ever agree on what happened, and the damn thing is they both think they're telling the truth”, as Harry S. Truman,has stated. I think, we have to examine our nation’s past and learn for the future. We have to restate the continuing need for vigilance in light of the troubling repetition of human tragedies in the world today. When people during the 21st century are murdered by their dictators in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen and when people in Burma are still suffe…