High school students and university students have poor command of English, remedy is urgent

The world organization “Education First” asserted in its 2018 report that Tunisian high school students have a poor command of the English language. Tunisia is ranked 68th globally out of 88 countries and 7th on the African continent out of a total of 9 participating countries. According to the report of Education First, the index of English language proficiency by students obtained by Tunisia is 47.85%. In 2016, Tunisia was ranked 52nd out of a total of 72 countries and in 2017 it was ranked 56th out of a total…

EU looks at Morocco and Tunisia to offload migrants

Member states are pressing to get Morocco and Tunisia onto a list of so-called “safe third countries” on to which to offload people seeking asylum. The move appears linked to stalled plans for setting up centres in countries rimming the Mediterranean to take in disembarked rescued migrants at sea. The safe third country concept entails dispatching people, regardless of nationality, back to places where they initially transited through. It means, for instance, a sub-Saharan African who travelled through Morocco to reach Europe could be sent back to Morocco to have his asylum…

Time to stop wrangling in the new Tunisia !

Tunisia is the only Arab Spring country which has succeeded so far in its democratic transition. However, the current Tunisian political landscape does not really reflect this success. The most recent hot debates have shown how some Tunisian politicians, deemed to be key actors in this landscape, are  actually with unbearable manners and shallow analytical political depth precisely in relation to the deep  crisis our country is going through. Ironically, these politicians’ analyses and statements have remarkably become the source of public anger and critique. This is because their low-level and immoral…

Equal inheritance rights for women in Tunisia, landmark initiative for equal society

The proposal of the inheritance law sparked debate among Tunisians who were divided between the secular who commends the proposed law and support women’s equal rights in accordance with the Tunisian constitution and the cleric conservatives who opposed any changes on the law that might be seen as challenging the Islamic laws. The bill to be submitted to parliament soon aims to give women equal inheritance rights with men, as the debate over the topic of inheritance arouses a controversy among the different fringes of the Tunisian society. President Beji…

We must stand together against terrorism

Terrorism has once again struck the innocent. It was a brutal act of violence by targeting our valiant heroes, members of the security institution, in a cowardly act that reflects the state of desperation in which these extremist groups find themselves. Six National Guards have fallen as martyrs in an ambush against a Border Guard patrol in Ain Soltane that took place on Sunday around 11:45 a.m., according to an official report from the Interior Ministry. A mine exploded during the passage of the patrol. We, All Tunisian citizens,  extend…

Kerkennah tragedy, Who is responsible for this calamity?

The wave of illegal immigration of young Tunisians has been growing since the Revolution of 2011 ending up with a human tragedy. Sunday morning, we woke up with the calamity of the loss of our youth who dared to seek a better life overseas. The recent toll reveals that at least 46 migrants died when their boat sank off Tunisia’s southern coast (Kerkennah island) and 67 others were rescued by the coast guard, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday. The rescue operation was ongoing, the ministry said in a statement. The…

Farewell Maya, martyred as you fight for democracy

The great lover of democracy and brave militant Maya Jribi passed away on Saturday 19 May, after a long fight against a cursed disease that afflicted her in a crucial time that  Tunisia needs her positive contribution. Her courage will remain legendary. Until the last breath, she had always devoted her energy to the struggle against dictatorship, to the fight for democracy, to the triumph of her noble ideals. All her life she had devoted herself to this land she had always loved, to this beloved people. Today we will…

Municipal elections must embrace our differences

The relative optimism prevailed on the eve of the municipal elections for a better future under the sky of political landscape, did not last. Unfortunately, this optimism turns to a significant anxiety and confusion.  Let’s simply have look at the statements of some politicians to understand the depressingly common feature in their statements on the new municipal Polls. Some of them, considered this event disappointing for the Tunisian democratic community along with its results. According to them, it represents a political earthquake and a warning to the progressive community which must…

Drug shortages: why we run out of drugs

It may be surprising that drug shortages are such a big problem in Tunisia nowadays. There are seemingly endless supplies of medications available to the public with just a short trip to the pharmacy. But this is not the case for some medications, especially those used for more rare diseases. Supply and demand play a key role in the shortages of certain medications. Prescription pain medications and cancer medications find themselves in this category of shortages. The central pharmacy of Tunisia, public hospitals and private clinics become a nightmare to…

Rising Fears over Soaring Football Violence

Once again, Tunisia finds itself confronted with the soaring phenomenon of football violence and disorder. Unfortunately, This embarrassing phenomenon has become a depressingly common feature of the game and violence on football pitches and among rival fans and supporters is clearly on the rise. It is terrifying to witness the phenomenon escalate dramatically while the authorities seem incapable of eradicating or even curbing the level of violence. The reputation and standing of the sport among the general public could be irreparably tarnished. Very shocking is the incitement to violence that…