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Kresta, Edith

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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 11/01/2011

EU must withdraw support for regime

Up to 30 people have been killed since last week in protests against the Tunisian government, including a man who set himself on fire. The left-leaning daily die tageszeitung writes that if young academics have to resort to self-immolation to gain attention, it shows that they and their aspirations are being widely ignored - also by the EU: "They feel doubly betrayed, because Europe accepts the duplicity of their leaders in looking out for its own interests. ... Tunisia is financially supported by the EU and enjoys a privileged status in its dealings with Europe. It is supposed to be both the hub of European technology and the bulwark against African refugees and Islamist currents. But the EU has silently accepted the fact the country's entire opposition has been put out of action in the fight against Islamism. ... Europe should stop tolerating the lies of the Tunisian police state, and withhold support for its business dealing. The time has come to take these courageous, desperate protests seriously and seek new political partners."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 12/10/2006

The popularity of oriental lounges

"Oriental cafés are very trendy at the moment," Editha Kresta notes. Whether it's Berlin, London or Los Angeles you're talking about, "the male-dominated oriental cafés of the past are passé. Now these places are full of young guests drinking cocktails instead of tea with their hookahs, called shisha in Turkish. Oriental lounges are the trendy successors of the kebab parlour. They were once an ethnic niche but left that niche long ago... Even in Turkey and the Arab world, the hookah is experiencing a revival as a chic lifestyle accessory. Many of the cafés in Cairo, Beirut and Istanbul, once the sole province of men smoking among men, are now being taken over by women. What was once regarded as the height of oriental laziness and futility in times of social modernisation and republican reform – in Tunisia the hookah (called 'narghil' in Arabic) is still banned in public places – has gained the status of a communicative instrument that helps people relax in the hectic schedule of today's metropolis."

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