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After The Revolution, The DJ With Tunisia At Her Fingertips

With her laid-back attitude, angelic face and Jasmine revolution experience, Deena Abdelwahed carves a perfect image of a modern, forward-looking Tunisia. She will also make you dance.

"I like to mix dance music that comes from the working classes. It is much more sincere. It appeals to everyone, not just the wealthy who can afford drinks in clubs," Abdelwahed said in an interview with Le Monde"s Nassira El Cherqui from Nefta in central Tunisia — on a break from the Dunes Electroniques festival where the 25-year-old DJ was playing.

Abdelwahed started as a singer but soon chose to turn to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) when she joined World Full Of Bass, a group of Tunisian DJs. She says being a woman in a predominantly male environment has not been particularly problematic: "I've always been treated as an equal, I've never encountered any reluctance or obstacles. On the contrary, I was helped and supported."

In January 2011, Abdelwahed actively took part in the Jasmine Revolution, which she considers a whole new starting point for the country. "Despite the fear that preoccupied us during the demonstrations, we were happy to finally be free and to be able to assert ourselves as individuals," she says.

As a DJ, Abdelwahed admits the revolution did not change much: "What did change is the youth's increasing need to go out and party. EMD is very successful today as it has become an excuse to blow off steam and vent the post-revolution frustration," she says.

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How A Xi Jinping Dinner In San Francisco May Have Sealed Mastercard's Arrival In China

The credit giant becomes only the second player after American Express to be allowed to set up a bank card-clearing RMB operation in mainland China.

Photo of a hand holding a phone displaying an Union Pay logo, with a Mastercard VISA logo in the background of the photo.

Mastercard has just been granted a bank card clearing license in China.

Liu Qianshan


It appears that one of the biggest beneficiaries from Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to San Francisco was Mastercard.

The U.S. credit card giant has since secured eagerly anticipated approval to expand in China's massive financial sector, having finally obtained long sought approval from China's central bank and financial regulatory authorities to initiate a bank card business in China through its joint venture with its new Chinese partner.

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Through a joint venture in China between Mastercard and China's NetsUnion Clearing Corporation, dubbed Mastercard NUCC, it has officially entered mainland China as an RMB currency clearing organization. It's only the second foreign business of its kind to do so following American Express in 2020.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the development is linked to Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting on Nov. 15 with U.S. President Joe Biden in San Francisco, part of a two-day visit that also included dinner that Xi had with U.S. business executives.

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