Category: Opinion

Unemployed Tunisians Risk Their Lives to Build Future in Europe

Unemployed Tunisians Risk Their Lives to Build Future in Europe

| 15 April 2014 | 3 Comments

In Arabic, the word “harga” means setting something on fire. In Tunisia it has come to refer to a trend wreaking havoc on the country’s struggling youth. There are a steady stream of people sailing on rickety fishing vessels trying to reach the shores of Europe. These migrants have concluded it is better to pursue [...]

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Algerian Elections, Regional Implications

Algerian Elections, Regional Implications

| 10 April 2014 | 6 Comments

By Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière 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 recently, the preferential trade [...]

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Tunisia’s Promise and Strategic Potential

Tunisia’s Promise and Strategic Potential

| 10 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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 milestone, achieved by Tunisians themselves against [...]

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Medical Tourism a Boost for Tunisia

Medical Tourism a Boost for Tunisia

| 27 March 2014 | 1 Comment

An unconventional brand of tourism is becoming ever more popular in Tunisia. People come from near and far to take advantage of the country’s well-developed and affordable medical services. This medical tourism is something the government should embrace and promote abroad. On Friday and Saturday, the Tunisian Medical Tourism Forum will bring together medical and [...]

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While Produce Vendors Went on Strike, Consumers Suffered

While Produce Vendors Went on Strike, Consumers Suffered

| 25 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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 [...]

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Addressing Youth Unemployment in Tunisia

Addressing Youth Unemployment in Tunisia

| 24 March 2014 | 3 Comments

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’s autocratic regime and triggered political transitions across the Arab world, they remain economically marginalized with limited socioeconomic opportunities. While the uprising afforded [...]

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What is on the Minds of Tunisian-Americans?

What is on the Minds of Tunisian-Americans?

| 24 March 2014 | 2 Comments

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 [...]

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To Show Tunisia at its Best, Open its Doors to All Travelers

To Show Tunisia at its Best, Open its Doors to All Travelers

| 19 March 2014 | 7 Comments

Tunisia has suffered greatly from the dramatic decline of tourism since the January 2011 revolution. Addressing security issues, both real and perceived, has been woefully delayed. Communication strategies, which could show the world that Tunisia is safe and welcoming to visitors, have been nearly non-existent or amateurish at best. Now, just as Tunisia’s tourism has [...]

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Tunisia’s Government Must Embrace Tradition to Attract Tourism

Tunisia’s Government Must Embrace Tradition to Attract Tourism

| 18 March 2014 | 3 Comments

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 that [...]

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Zaghouan Film Festival Brings Art to Tunisia’s Youth

Zaghouan Film Festival Brings Art to Tunisia’s Youth

| 12 March 2014 | 0 Comments

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 [...]

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