Op-ed Contributor, Author at Tunisia Live Op-ed Contributor, Author at Tunisia Live

Op-ed Contributor



Opinion: Shams’ members deserve the same rights and respect as all Tunisians
Since gaining legal status as organization on May 18, 2015, the gay rights group Shams and its members have been continually harassed by the government, religious authorities, their own families and the greater Tunisian community. Among the offenses sustained by the organization are the following: The government has twice attempted to legally disso...

Opinion: Civilians are an increasing target of terrorism in Tunisia
There is no doubt that the last suicide attack in downtown Tunis against the presidential guard was unprecedented in more ways than one, either in terms of the chosen target, location, or methodology. Yet more importantly, since it was in a dense part of the city and during rush hour, it shows the terrorists’ willingness...

Opinion: Tunisia must not turn its back on survivors of rape and abuse
When Meriem Ben Mohamed was charged with “indecency” after she spoke out against rape by two police officers in 2012, her case sparked a wave of protests and a national campaign for legal change, marking a crucial turning point for Tunisia. Her plight also became a symbol of the numerous legal and social obstacles facing...

Algerian Elections, Regional Implications
By Alexis Artaud de La Ferrire Tunisia’s relationship with Algeria is vitally important. Tunis was the seat of the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic between 1960 and 1962. After winning its independence from France, Algeria soon became the force in North Africa, exerting considerable influence on its eastern neighbor. Most recen...

Tunisia’s Promise and Strategic Potential
By Lara Talverdian, assistant director for research at the Atlanic Council’s the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East After a year of heightened tensions, growing divisions, and two high-profile assassinations, Tunisians launched a national dialogue that culminated in the adoption of a progressive constitution in January 2014. This milesto...

While Produce Vendors Went on Strike, Consumers Suffered
By Ali Ben Mabrouk Last week, Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendors went on strike for two straight days. This is the latest industry to use a strike to express its anger, while the consumer is the victim and must suffer in silence. The UTICA employers' union called for this strike, stating that these vendors cannot...

Addressing Youth Unemployment in Tunisia
By Svetlana Milbert,assistant director for economics at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Three years after Tunisian youth lead an uprising that brought down Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’ autocratic regime and triggered political transitions across the Arab world, they remain economically marginalized with limite...

What is on the Minds of Tunisian-Americans?
By Moez Hababou There are approximately 13,000 Tunisian-Americans in the USA, meaning both Americans of Tunisian descent and Tunisians living in the USA. However, there is very little insight or research to better understand what is on the mind of Tunisian-Americans. In this article, I attempt to understand the priorities of the community through a...

Tunisia’s Government Must Embrace Tradition to Attract Tourism
By Ali Ben Mabrouk March 16 marked Tunisia's annual celebration of its traditional clothing, but the government has not fully embraced this holiday or the positive effect such traditions can have on tourism during these difficult economic times. The popularity of this day has however declined since the 2011 revolution, as has the industry th...

Zaghouan Film Festival Brings Art to Tunisia’s Youth
By Ali Ben Mabrouk The beautiful town of Zaghouan, home of the ancient water temple in northeastern Tunisia, will host the International Forum of Youth film festival from March 17 to 21. This event provides essential opportunities to youth in need, allowing them to become involved in art and connect with young people from across...