Dougga, Treasure of Tunisia lying over the hills

Dougga is a highly proud city that witnesses the history of an ancient human civilization of over 25 centuries, and considered a cultural treasure of Tunisia, and one of the best-preserved regions of North Africa. Dougga is located in the northwest of Tunisia in a mountainous region surrounded by valleys and plateaus. The story began with Dougga with the Roman invasion and historians say that its history began even before the Roman invasion. Dougga has been a place of important human settlement, with cemeteries and a rock altar for boats…

Noureddine Tabboubi … The Guardian of The Tent

Before the last Congress of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the name of Noureddine Tabboubi does not mean much to the general public. Many questions are raised about his affiliations and his political adherence among the political stakeholders and party actors. Perhaps because of the nature of the man, he is known to the trade unionists as a field man. He is a unionist who sticks to the rules, very careful to do his duty, both on the personal or professional levels. Noureddine Tabboubi is a hardworking person and…

Terrorism and women

When a woman is aggressed, raped, tortured or harassed, everyone asks “how can such a thing happen?” and we ultimately witness a unanimous engagement of society in such a case, which is comprehensible because women are the pillars of our society. But when a woman is complicit in terrorist acts, things start getting complicated. The first questions start popping up: How can a woman be a part of such a thing? How can she act in such a way while she is the one responsible for the education of the…

Tunisia’s Best Hope for Economic Reform

Eight years after supplying the spark that lit the Arab Spring, Tunisia is again bracing for political upheaval in 2019, Bloomberg Opinion said in its website. Abassi has restrained spending by tightening access to credit, and raising the bank’s key interest rate, from 5 percent to 5.75 percent in March, and then to 6.75 percent in June. Since then, he has resisted IMF calls for further rate hikes, and defied dire predictions by holding the inflation rate to 7.5 percent. He has also allowed the dinar to weaken steadily, in line with the IMF’s…

WB: 300 million new jobs needed for MENA region by 2050

The World Bank said that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region needs to create 300 million new jobs by 2050. Vice President for MENA at the World Bank, Farid Belhaj, took part in a conference on the theme “Investing in Human Capital for a Better Future for the Region” held Friday in Tunis. Two reports on global development prospects for 2019 and education in the MENA region were presented as part of the event. In turn, World Bank (WB) Co-ordinator Federica Salio said “Tunisia is the first country…

Unlike other Arab regimes, Tunisia’s remembers old crimes (The Economist)

Eight years after the Arab spring most Arab regimes treat these words as policy.  Tunisia is different. On December 14th its Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) held its final public meeting. Modelled on South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the ivd’s mandate goes back to 1955, a year before Tunisia gained independence from France. Most of its work has focused on the dictatorship of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled the country from 1987 until 2011. By the end of 2018 it will hand the government its final report, a…

First global online summit on climate change on Thursday

A virtual world summit on climate change will be fully online, Thursday, November 22, 2018, and will be the first international meeting zero carbon (no transport, no industrial processes and no waste). This initiative is launched by Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, whose country is threatened by rising water levels as a result of global warming. This summit would be the first international meeting to be held online with the participation of the leaders of 48 countries most threatened by climate change, such as Bangladesh and the Philippines and also…

Statement of Tahya Tounes Association after Habib Bourguiba Avenue’s terrorist attack

After the last terrorist attack of Habib Bourguiba Avenue that aimed to undermine the security of Tunisia and its stability in an attempt to tarnish its image on the regional and international level, Tahya Tounes Association for the dissemination of democracy released a statement in which it strongly condemns all the attempts to undermine Tunisia’s security and shake its stability. The Tahya Tounes Association also voiced its support to the efforts exerted by the security and military officers for the sake of Tunisia’s security and immunity. In this statement, the Association calls…

Governments must invest more in disaster risk reduction, says IFRC

Disasters will continue to hamper efforts to achieve sustainable development unless governments do more to anticipate and reduce their risk, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Tunis. This year, millions of people living in crisis have not been receiving the humanitarian assistance they desperately need—partly due to the lack of sufficient investment in disaster and crisis preparedness, as well as resilience-building. Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC Regional Director for Africa said that evidence has shown that adequate…

In Tunisia, tourists back, but revenues do not follow

More than six million tourists are coming to Tunisia this year, more than in 2014, before a series of devastating attacks: but if tourism rebounded, the economic benefits do not follow, between poor management, competition, and difficulty in repatriating foreign currency. The tourism revenues in euros increased by 28% year on year, from 1 January to 20 September, to eur 1 billion, for 6.2 million tourists, according to the tunisian government. This is more tourists than the whole of the year 2014 (6,07) but, at the same time, less than…