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The seven-year itch : Tunisia needs help if it is to remain a model for the Arab world

Many Tunisians appear to be losing faith in democracy “BREAD, freedom, dignity.” These were the demands of Tunisian protesters who threw off autocracy and sparked the Arab spring seven years ago this month. Tunisians now have more freedom and some dignity. But bread is scarcer than ever. GDP per person ...

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Why Tunisia Is the One Lasting Success of the Arab Spring

The Iranian political demonstrations now under way have roots in the Arab Spring upheavals that began in December 2010 in North Africa. The starting point was Tunisia, the rare success story of the Arab Spring—despite two major terrorist attacks in 2015 and this week’s protests against austerity, the country has ...

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Tunisia protests: Is there a trade-off between a strong economy and democracy?

Demonstrations have swept Tunisia due to government austerity measures, and the country’s democracy has advanced since its 2011 revolution that ushered in the Arab Spring. But does this transition come at a cost? Protests took place in ten towns across Tunisia Monday after the government enacted a series of price and ...

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Algeria’s Sapped Tourism Potential

Battered by a sharp decline in its international reserves, Algeria made of tourism a key sector to relieve its economy from an acute dependency on oil revenues. However, little is done to boost the contribution of tourism in GDP, which remains limited to 1.4% in 2016 with most tourists being ...

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Olives Grown at High Altitudes Found to Have More Antioxidants

A study found a positive relationship between altitude and levels of CoQ10, tocopherols and phenolic compounds. A new study links the altitude at which olives are grown to key health benefits, Olive Oil Times reveals. The study found a positive relationship between altitude and levels of CoQ10, tocopherols and phenolic compounds — ...

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4 ways Tunisia is moving toward greater gender equality

The North African country is making major strides. When it comes to championing for women’s rights, its safe to say the Arab world has had a relatively prosperous couple of years. From lifting the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia to abolishing a rape law in Lebanon, the region ...

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Migration and rural transformation

The wave of mass migration of youngsters from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea is a major challenge confronting the continent at the moment. Thousands of able-bodied young men and women are deserting their homes in search of “greener pastures” and many have lost their lives on the tortuous ...

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With laws against rape and child marriage, 2017 was a momentous year for women’s rights

In India, lawmakers ruled that having sex with a wife aged 15-18 is punishable as rape, while Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan scrapped laws that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims. Beginning with the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who swiftly moved to restrict abortions around ...

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UNICEF calls for action to end digital divide

Only 15 per cent people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed. In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report covering 24 countries, including India, in 2017 said. Digital divide do not merely separate the connected from the ...

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Tunisia: Democratic but Precarious

Seven Years After the Arab Spring, Tunisians Struggle to Stabilize Amid central Tunisia’s dry farmlands, the city of Sidi Bouzid bustled one recent day under warm autumn sunshine. Street vendors and shoppers jostled under the roof of a new, open-air market, selling and buying produce or cheap clothes. Seven years ...

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