Category: Opinion

Ansar al-Sharia and the War Against Terrorism

Ansar al-Sharia and the War Against Terrorism

| 10 March 2014 | 2 Comments

By Fabio Merone High-flying political rhetoric from Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior does not match the complicated nature of its declared enemy, Ansar al-Sharia. This religious group, rather than being the violent radicals the government makes them out to be, has evolved out of Tunisia’s domestic Salafist movement through careful dialogue among its supporters. Government officials [...]

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Three Ways the Tunisian Diaspora Can Support The Transition

Three Ways the Tunisian Diaspora Can Support The Transition

| 04 March 2014 | 1 Comment

During a conference in New York City last year, I was intrigued by a comment that a Tunisian official made to a professional diaspora audience. He said in substance, “Come back to your country! You will be paid much less but your country needs you in these difficult times.” While the call is appealing and [...]

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Interview: Ahmed Rahmouni, Founder of Marsed Kadha

Interview: Ahmed Rahmouni, Founder of Marsed Kadha

| 27 February 2014 | 0 Comments

The following interview with Ahmed Rahmouni was conducted by op-ed contributor Ali Benmabrouk. The opinions expressed do not reflect those of Tunisia Live as a publication. Ahmed Rahmouni was president of the Association of Tunisian Judges (known by the French acronym AMT) from 2005 to 2012. After leaving that post, he started Marsed Khada, an [...]

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Why Should the Government Subsidize Elections?

Why Should the Government Subsidize Elections?

| 24 February 2014 | 1 Comment

By Ali Ben Mabrouk Now that the National Constituent Assembly has finally completed the drafting of the constitution, it can move on to the next step. It needs to issue a new law regulating presidential and legislative elections that we hope will occur this year, and big decisions must be made about how these polls [...]

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Can Mehdi Jomaa Fix Tunisia’s Economy?

Can Mehdi Jomaa Fix Tunisia’s Economy?

| 21 February 2014 | 3 Comments

By Svetlana Milbert, assistant director for economics at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Originally published January 29, 2014. Months of political stalemate finally came to an end as Tunisia’s Islamist-led government resigned transferring power to caretaker Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa. Jomaa just announced his new cabinet, which is tasked with fostering the [...]

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Tunisian Leaders Missing from African Union Summit

Tunisian Leaders Missing from African Union Summit

| 03 February 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week, African heads of state and government met in Addis Ababa for the 22nd African Union summit. Sadly, President Moncef Marzouki and new Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa did not attend, missing an opportunity to translate Tunisia’s recent political progress into diplomatic gains. But despite Tunisia’s low level of representation, recent developments earned the attention [...]

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After Constitution, Tunisia Needs Elections and Investment

After Constitution, Tunisia Needs Elections and Investment

| 31 January 2014 | 2 Comments

Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly last week approved a new constitution now widely considered the most progressive in the Arab world. The new charter calls for the rule of secular law. In its 149 Articles, the document guarantees, among other things, universal freedoms, gender parity, socioeconomic equality, healthcare for all, and workers rights. Future elected governments [...]

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The UGTT Labor Union: Tunisia’s Powerbroker

The UGTT Labor Union: Tunisia’s Powerbroker

| 22 January 2014 | 1 Comment

By Mohamed-Salah Omri (This article originally appeared in openDemocracy, a nonprofit online publication) To understand Tunisia, one must get to grips with its labor movement. The Tunisian General Labor Union (known by its French acronym UGTT) has affected the character of Tunisia as a whole since the late 1940s. It significantly impacted the 2011 revolution [...]

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Interview: Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United States

Interview: Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United States

| 20 January 2014 | 0 Comments

On November 15, 2013, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki appointed Ambassador Mohamed Ezzine Chelaifa Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United States of America. The following interview with Ambassador Chelaifa was conducted by Tunisia Live co-founder Zied Mhirsi and originally published on the Tunisian-American Young Professionals website. Zied Mhirsi: Can you tell us a little bit about your training [...]

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Journalists, Ben Ali, and Marzouki’s ‘Black Book’

Journalists, Ben Ali, and Marzouki’s ‘Black Book’

| 15 January 2014 | 0 Comments

By Ali Ben Mabrouk Tunisia knew just two presidents, Habib Bourguiba and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, from 1956 until 2011. Both of them were dictators and tried to control the media as best they could so that journalists and writers would serve their propaganda. Now, a ‘Black Book’ leaked by the office of President Moncef [...]

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