Islamists not dead yet; big pro-government rally in Tunisia

It has been the conventional wisdom since Egypt's Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a military coup that Islamists in the Middle East were on the run and losing power. They had lost in Egypt, were losing in Syria, were being held back in Libya, and were supposedly on the way out in Tunisia. The rise of the secular opposition to the "moderate" Islamists in Tunisia appeared to presage a repeat of Egypt. But not so fast, say the Islamist supporters of the government. Reuters: Tens of thousands of Tunisians came out in a show of force for the country's Islamist-led government on Saturday, in one of the largest demonstrations since the 2011 revolution. Supporters of the ruling Ennahda party crowded into Kasbah Square next to the prime minister's office in the capital, Tunis. Ennahda officials said more than 150,000 attended. Fireworks flashed overhead and red Tunisian flags fluttered over a sea of demonstrators. "No to coups, yes to elections," the crowd shouted, in a reference to ...(Read Full Post)