What is happening between Korea and Japan?

Preamble South Korea denounced Japan after Japan’s trade sanctions came into force on August 28, 2019, accusing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of being an “adversary”. Unfortunately, relations between the two East Asian neighbours, allies of the United States, continue to deteriorate as a result of trade and industrial warfare. South Korea, for its part, has tried to respond to Japanese “sanctions” by showing its willingness to break the existing military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, known as “GSOMIA”, thus raising Washington’s concern. Unilateral Japanese decision On July 1, the Japanese…

EU, UNODC launch 3-year project to dismantle migrant smuggling, human trafficking networks

The European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa are launching a three-year project aimed at supporting Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia in dismantling migrant smuggling and human trafficking criminal networks operating in North Africa, the duo announced in a press statement. The EU has set a budget of €15m ($16.69m) for the project, which will be implemented by the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa under the framework of the North Africa Window of the…

Stone Age tools and animal bones in Tunisia provide new clues on a 72,000-year-old ‘early human corridor’ across Africa

Researchers found bones and stone tools in land that once formed a giant lake The area was once wet and green and well suited to humans and animals The findings suggest that Homo sapiens populated this area at least 72,000 years ago, using the lakes as staging posts in their dispersal across Africa. Lying at the ‘crossroads’ for north-south movements between the Sahara and the Mediterranean, Tunisia is one of the world’s key regions for under early human travels, the Daily Mail reports. Researchers have now discovered animal bones and…

Regional report, North Africa: Steady progress

The economic outlook in North Africa has improved recently due to increasing oil prices, a more stable political situation and some large-scale infrastructure projects. For the purposes of this article, North Africa is defined as Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. A rendering of what Egypt’s ambitious new administrative capital could look like – the project has not been without problems According to the North Africa Economic Outlook for 2018, published by the African Development Bank, Real Gross Domestic (GDP) in 2017 in the region was 4.9%, up from 2016’s 3.3%.…

Final Islamic Summit declaration calls for Palestinians’ right to independent state

The “Mecca Declaration” of the 14th Islamic Summit focused on the issue of Palestine and reiterated the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) call for the Palestinians’ right to statehood. “The OIC reasserted the key importance of the question of Palestine and the issue of Al Quds to the Islamic nation and reiterated its principled and continuous support on all levels for the Palestinian people to attain their inalienable national rights, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the 1967 borders with…

Saudi Arabia to host 14th Islamic Summit

Saudi Arabia will host the 14th session of the Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Makkah on May 31, 2019, which will be chaired by the Custodian of the two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The summit, to be attended by leaders members of OIC, will be held under the theme “Makkah Summit: Together for the Future” aims at developing a unified stance on current issues and events in the Islamic world. Senior officials will convene before the summit and will submit the…

China, Arab states to deepen cooperation on satellite navigation

China and Arab countries are eyeing deeper cooperation on the wider application of China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) in the Middle East, according to the second China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum which ended in Tunis on Tuesday.  At the two-day forum in the Tunisian capital attended by more than 200 Chinese and Arab officials, experts and business people, several agreements were inked on furthering cooperation on the BDS, CGTN website reports. Mohamed Ben Amor, secretary-general of Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), pledged to boost China-Arab cooperation on…

Illegal EU border crossings at six year low (Frontex Annual Risk Analysis)

The number of detected illegal border crossings into the European Union (EU) in 2018 is at its lowest level since 2013 after a significant drop for the third year in a row, according to Frontex Annual Risk Analysis report. Fewer migrants took the Central Mediterranean route into Italy last year, the reports said. The Western Mediterranean route, from Morocco to Spain, saw more detected illegal crossings compared to any other part of the EU’s external border. Tunisia replaced Libya as the main departure point for migrants heading towards Italy and…

When TV drama contributes to glorifying the homeland

Today I read a story on furniture exports in Turkey which reached $ 3 billion in 2018, and that furniture manufacturers are aiming to increase sales through local TV shows in 156 countries, followed by more than 500 million people around the world. Turkish dramas have not only enhanced the tourism field but also extended its benefits to reach the furniture manufacturers. Turkish drama has become a major contributor to the economy of this country. Turkey ranks second after the United States in the world’s TV series, with revenues from…

Tunisian taxi driver gives lesson of honesty

Tunisian media reported that a Taxi driver from the city of Kairouan, about 160 km from Tunis capital, found a bag left by a customer, inside of which 75,000 dinars, that equal nearly $ 25,000. The taxi Driver handed this bag to its owner refusing to accept any financial reward, despite his difficult socio-economic conditions. The driver deserves all respect as a good example for his colleagues as he gave a lesson of moral for others showing a good sense of decent behavior and responsibility. This great example must prevail…