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OECD Report: Youth Unemployment in Tunisia “A True Social Tragedy”
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report on Tuesday in which the influential economic institution focuses on Tunisia’s high youth unemployment rate, currently at almost 40%. The 245-page analysis lays out a series of proposals for Tunisia’s economy, revolving around solving the issue of youth unemployme...

Recap of the Week: Tunisia’s News Roundup
ISIE Announces the Primary Result of Runoff Elections: Beji Caid Essebsi Elected President ISIE announced that candidate Beji Caid Essebsi won the elections with 55.68% of votes. His opponent, Moncef Marzouki gained 44.32% of votes. Voter turnout was slightly lower than the first round of presidential elections, with 60.11% of registered voters who...

Journalists and Bloggers Form New ˜Cooperative' TV Station
A group of seventy well-known Tunisian journalists are striking out on their own, forming a new television station called Telvza TV. Telvza TV, from the colloquial Tunisian word for television, will be partially self-funded, with journalists fronting some of the money and the remainder coming from foreign, undisclosed, sources. The st...

Huffington Post Launches North African Branch in Tunis
The popular news website the Huffington Post today announced in Tunis the launch of a North African branch called Al Huffington Post Maghreb. Serving as both a journalistic outlet and a blogging platform, Al Huffington Post Maghreb is a French-language edition of  The Huffington Post. The Maghreb version, which covers Tunisia, Morocco, and Al...

Fernena: Chaos Amidst Protests for Aid
In Fernena, located 180 km west of Tunis and in the governorate of Jendouba, a crowd of people gathered in front of the local delegation building.  Military forces surrounded the site, as citizens gathered to complain about not receiving their salaries.  Despite the fact that many possessed receipts proving that they had worked, they had...

Billboards Stay Up as Advertising Ban Takes Effect
A political billboard for the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) remained on Mohamed V Avenue in downtown Tunis despite a ban on political advertising. Political billboards remain common and prominent around Tunis, even as a ban on all forms of political advertising takes effect starting today, September 12th. Billboards and posters featuring the...