Archive for April, 2012

100 Day Poll Shows Growing Discontent with Government Performance

100 Day Poll Shows Growing Discontent with Government Performance

| 04 April 2012 | 0 Comments

SIGMA Conseil in conjunction with Tunisian daily Al Maghreb conducted an opinion poll between March 29th and April 1st to assess the performance of the interim government in its first 100 days. The current government, which took over last December 23rd, is led by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali of the Islamist party Ennahdha. Besides Ennahdha, [...]

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Fearing Persecution, Christians Flee Northern Mali

Fearing Persecution, Christians Flee Northern Mali

| 04 April 2012 | 2 Comments

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, Pastor Nouh Yattara and his wife left their home in Timbuktu for Mali’s capital, Bamako, not knowing when they would be able to return. “I knew they would come any time,” he said over the phone. “I had many signs.” “They” are the Islamist Tuareg rebels who have been vying [...]

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“My Truth”: Diaries of Former Tunisian First Lady to be Published

“My Truth”: Diaries of Former Tunisian First Lady to be Published

| 04 April 2012 | 3 Comments

Former Tunisian First Lady, Leila Ben Ali, will publish her diaries in a book entitled “My Truth,” by the French publishing house Les Editions du Moment. The book will be available in French book stores for 16 euros and can already be pre-ordered on Amazon.com, with a publication date of May 24th. The book’s publishers, Les Editions [...]

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Is Tunisia Ready for a Green Economy?

Is Tunisia Ready for a Green Economy?

| 04 April 2012 | 1 Comment
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Would a green economy improve the well-being of Tunisian society? Some say it can. Look at the latest national poverty statistics, said Mongi Smaili, a member of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) in the department of research and documentation. Of the 1.2 million Tunisians living in poverty, nearly 75% of them are in rural, [...]

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Three Steps for Foreigners Applying for a Libyan Visa

Three Steps for Foreigners Applying for a Libyan Visa

| 04 April 2012 | 0 Comments

During the Libyan crisis, any foreign journalist could visit Libya without the need to apply for a visa. Rebel fighters had taken control of the two principal border crossing points, Ras Jdir and Dhiba, and allowed foreign journalists in without restrictions. But in the post Gaddafi era, the new Libyan authorities have clamped down against [...]

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What’s On in Tunis 4-11 April, 2012

What’s On in Tunis 4-11 April, 2012

| 03 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Like all great cities of the world, Tunis is full of stories. These stories are both intimate and public, both ephemeral and timeless. They are written in the streets and buildings. They are whispered in the cafés and shouted from the windows. They are sung and danced and painted and performed by artists and ordinary [...]

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Qatar to Cover the Medical Charges of 20 Tunisians Wounded During the Revolution

Qatar to Cover the Medical Charges of 20 Tunisians Wounded During the Revolution

| 03 April 2012 | 3 Comments

The ambassador of Qatar in Tunis, Naceur Al Hamid met with the Tunisian Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Samir Dilou yesterday and announced that Qatar will cover the medical charges of 20 people wounded during the Tunisian Revolution. The Qatari ambassador said that seven of the wounded will be transported to Qatar next week to receive medical treatment. He [...]

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For French Visa Applicants in Tunis, Shorter Queues Come at a Price

For French Visa Applicants in Tunis, Shorter Queues Come at a Price

| 03 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Starting from April 16, applications for an entry visa to France should no longer be submitted at the French general consulate located in downtown Tunis. According to an official statement released by the general consulate of France in Tunis, application will be outsourced to a multinational company called TLS Contact, situated in Les Berges du [...]

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Two Activists Arrested in a Protest Organized by the Wounded and the Families of the Martyrs of the Tunisian Revolution

Two Activists Arrested in a Protest Organized by the Wounded and the Families of the Martyrs of the Tunisian Revolution

| 03 April 2012 | 3 Comments

Slehddine Kchok, secretary general of Tunisian Pirate Party, and Mariem Mnawer, secretary general of the Tunisian Party were arrested today in front of the ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Bardo. This information was confirmed by Samir Dilou Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice. The two activists engaged in a protest organized by [...]

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Rising Tensions in Libya Lead to Congestion at Tunisian Border Crossings

Rising Tensions in Libya Lead to Congestion at Tunisian Border Crossings

| 03 April 2012 | 0 Comments

The Tunisian-Libyan border crossings of Ras Jedir and Dhehiba-Wazen have seen a significant increase in the number of Libyan nationals entering Tunisia in the last few days. In the past 24 hours alone, between 10,000 and 12,000 Libyans have entered Tunisia, the highest level in months. The Dhehiba-Wazen and Ras Jedir border crossings are located in [...]

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