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Transitional Justice in Tunisia: A Painful but Necessary Step Forward
Recent public hearings of Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) saw a painful period of collective introspection for the country’s people. Tales of humiliations, torture, and rape committed over a near-60 year period—starting at around the time of Tunisia’s independence from France—were broadcast in eight live public hearing sessio...

Education in Tunisia: Beyond the Era of Jalloul
From the day he held office, Neji Jalloul, the former Tunisian education minister had a very precise (and one he thought to be clever) strategy for how he intended to run his ministry. Apart from the alarming needs of the Tunisian education system, Jalloul’s political aims were synonymous to that of any typical dictator: to...

Life after Death
I am going home to Tunisia this summer and the first thing I will be doing is become an organ donor. If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is a good time to do so. According to the National Center of Organ Transplantation Promotion (CNPTO), 80% of Tunisian families refuse donating the organs of...

Postcolonialism: A Road To Schizophrenia
Postcolonialism is the last stage in the process of colonialism. However, it is also the longest one. Although postcolonialism seems to be a liberating phase for previously colonized societies, it is actually nothing but a transition into another era of colonialism known as neocolonialism. Postcolonialism, with the cultural gap that it creates, pav...

Women’s Bodies the new battlefield of Tunisian Lawmakers
The Tunisian parliament will soon start debating a new set of laws regarding violence against women, proposed by the Ministry of women’s affairs. Honestly, I am neither excited nor delighted. Not only because it is shameful that in 2017, we still don’t have a solid legal framework to protect women and girls from violence, but...

No hate, no fear: This is what democracy looks like
Terrorism has succeeded in feeding fear and anger into Americans, not only harming the Arab world’s transition into democracy, but also shaking the core principles of the American democracy, which was once a leading model of freedom and inclusivity to the rest of the world. The uprising of multiple countries in the Arab world against...

Tunisian-Italian relations: the limits of the classic paradigm
” This article was originally published on Herillos blog” Tunisian-Italian relations: the limits of the classic paradigm (by Eugenio Dacrema*) On 8-9 February, the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi visited Italy where he met Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, the President of Republic Sergio Mattarella, and addressed the Foreign...

The Tripartite Initiative and the Prospects of a Political Settlement in Libya
” This article was originally published on Herillos blog” The Tripartite Initiative and the Prospects of a Political Settlement in Libya By Bacha Khayreddine * The so-called Skhirat agreement, concluded on December 17, 2015, is considered an satisfactory framework for building consensus among the various parties in conflict since the re...

Opinion: Referring Hizb Al-Tahrir to the Military Court Threatens Tunisia’s Democracy
CPR Deputy and lawyer, Samir Ben Amor argues that, though he might not agree with the radically conservative Islamist party, Hizb Al-Tahrir the government’s attempts to use the Military justice system to ban the group risks Tunisia’s emerging democracy and undermines the rule of law.  Why do we refuse to involve the military court in...

Editorial: Keep the Faith, But Be Wary Of the Hype
The Unity Government of Youssef Chahed will either be confirmed or rejected by the Assembly of Peoples’ Representatives later today. Right now, any other outcome than a solid endorsement seems hard to imagine. What is less predictable is how Tunisia’s new government will differ in substance from many of its predecessors. Many of the challenges...