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Tunisian Flight Company Cancels Flights
Tunisair, the flag carrier airline of Tunisia, announced the withholding of all of its flights until further notice starting from today. This announcement followed the dispute between crew members of the flight 716 to Paris, and the technical staff. The airplane was scheduled to take off at 8:35 this morning, but the flight was cancelled...

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...

Ben Ali’s personal plane sold to Turkey
Turkish airlines have paid over $70 million for the personal aircraft of former Tunisian autocrat , Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisair have said. According to a spokesperson for the national carrier, the Turkish firm bought the Airbus A340 for 181 million dinars ($78 million), though no date was provided for the sale. The Airbus...

45 percent of young Tunisians looking for new life abroad
Nearly half of all Tunisian youth are prepared to emigrate, even illegally, the authors of a recent study have claimed. According to the survey by the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights (FTDES), in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation (RLS) 45 percent of young people across the country are hoping to migrate,...

Inquests into Sousse attack to remain confidential
The UK has requested that details from government inquests into the 2015 Sousse beach attack that killed 30 British tourists be kept confidential, citing concerns that publicly disclosing information about security could aid terrorists in orchestrating future assaults, The Guardian reports. Information about the attack, one of the deadliest in Tuni...

Human rights group slams journalists’ prosecution
A leading human rights pressure group has called for the dropping of charges against two Tunisian journalists accused of criticizing the country’s armed forces. Rached Khiari, chief editor of the newspaper and website Al Sadaa, (The Echo) and independent journalist,  Jamel Arfaoui have both been charged in separate incidents relating to all...

Tunisia2020 attracts billions in foreign funds
Tunisia has received around $8 billion in pledges of loans and grants from regional and western powers to be introduced over the next four years. The funds, announced during the two day Tunisia2020 investment conference is hoped to smooth the way for Tunisia’s continued democratic transition and will help the country tackle its widespread un...

President Beji Caid Essebsi turns 90
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi turns 90 today, distinguishing him as the world’s third oldest living head of state, behind Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. A lawyer by trade, Essebsi boasts a unique political career that stretches back decades. In the earliest years of Tunisia’s independence, Essebsi esta...