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…

Stop insulting symbols

We need to recognize that our symbols, politicians, intellectuals, scientists as well as economists are often facing tremendous and repeated insults and allegations, especially political symbols who are targeted on a regular basis arbitrarily. This embarrassing issue undermines the freedom of expression and press that many generations have fought   for it with all the efforts needed. It is not acceptable to let these lasting abuses broadcast in the programmes of the Tunisian TV Channels and radios or other media…it is not acceptable to continue such abhorrent kind of provocative and…

Violence in Tunisian stadiums: The nightmare

The scourge of endemic violence erupting every week in Tunisian football fields becomes more and more worrying and painful for all. Some footages showed us the growing of violence and its multiple forms inside and outside stadiums between youth groups, sometimes between fans of the same team, or through attacking security forces in many sport games, even their team were winners, or sometimes violence fueled by players and supervisors of sports clubs themselves. Unfortunately, this terrible phenomenon created a frightening and a dire situation in our stadiums which damaged the reputation…

Scourge of illegal immigration contaminating our hopeless Children

Most of news and stories about Tunisian illegal immigrants are really painful and sad for us, but the most painful of young children. The  Tunisian Interior Ministry revealed in statement the arrest, by the security units, of 50  children aged between 13 and 17,  from different Tunisian governorates namely Jendouba, kairouan, Ben Arous, Tunis and Bizerte. The Children arrested confessed that they planned to climb the wall  of the La Goulette Port to infiltrate one of  the ships and leave illegally  to European countries. We all agree that the Tunisian…