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In Tunisia, a sense of change infuses the air

Tunisia is offering real-time test results on the limits of popular patience, how expectations react with reality and the conditions that must trigger government action Summer in the Maghreb is generally thought to be a time when indolence finds respectability. Not so in Tunisia this year. The soaring temperatures are ...

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FAO Director-General urges countries to recognize the vital role of rural women in freeing the world from hunger and poverty

Rural women and girls are key agents of change to free the world from hunger and extreme poverty, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today at a special side-event on gender equality and women’s empowerment on the sidelines of the FAO’s Conference. “Their role goes beyond agricultural production and extends throughout the ...

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Annual MENA wellness growth

The Global Wellness Institute has released positive data on inbound wellness travel in the Middle East-North Africa region.  The Global Wellness Institute has released new data on wellness travel in the Middle East-North Africa region. MENA wellness tourism is growing 6%, and spa revenues 10%, annually –with more than two-thirds of wellness travel spend ...

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A path to democracy paved with pitfalls

Would you like some good news on international affairs? About a place that survived a dictatorship and revolution, and created its own constitution and democratic government? It’s not America, but Tunisia. Yes, Tunisia! Battered by centuries of invasions and a 35-year dictatorship, four groups forged a new constitution to win ...

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Couscous, capitalism and neocolonialism in Tunisia

The international economic order does not look kindly on hints of self-sufficiency or agricultural independence. Just ask Tunisian farmers. The man confessed that he had often questioned his decision to abandon his village near the Tunisian-Algerian border to seek work in Italy, where – contrary to popular belief, he declared ...

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