Seychelles’ capital city 2nd most expensive in Africa for expats

Seychelles has been ranked 2nd in Africa and 14th worldwide on a list of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriate workers to live in, a 2017 survey revealed. Angola, the capital of Luanda, was ranked 1st in Africa followed by Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, according to the survey. N’Djamena in Chad ranked 3rd, while Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo ranked 4th. The annual cost of living survey conducted by Mercer, the world’s largest human resources consultancy firm, found that African,…

Corruption Crackdown Intensifies in Tunisia, and the People Cheer

The Tunisian prime minister has embarked on a sweeping crackdown against organized crime, arresting nearly a dozen mafia bosses and smuggling barons in recent weeks in an effort to stamp out what has become a nearly existential threat to the young democracy. The campaign, led by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, is proving popular among Tunisians frustrated at increasingly brazen corruption, a stagnating economy and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. The drive has surprised nearly everyone for its vigor, but it is not without risks, as the mafia bosses…

Tunisia’s Slow but Persistent Path to Reform

Tunisia’s political reforms since the Arab Spring, though incomplete, have created consensus among the governing elite that trying to reform the current system is a better approach than trying to challenge it. As Tunisia’s government has moved on to implementing policy changes, internal divisions in the Nidaa Tounes party and its ruling coalition, which includes the Islamist party Ennahda, have paralyzed the process. Nevertheless, the country will keep pushing to decentralize the political system, reform the economy and fight corruption. The Arab Spring shook North Africa to its core. In…

Non-Muslim Todd on completing another month of fasting: ‘The hot days were tough… but it means you are looking forward to iftari even more’

Fasting for the odd day can be a challenge for some but what about the whole month if you are a non-Muslim? A year on from completing 30 fasts, Lewis Todd has been fasting throughout the month of Ramadan again.Speaking today as Ramadan comes to an end Lewis told us, “I have stuck to the same regime as last year. “I have to say I did put some weight on for a while but then it came off. That was mostly due to eating too much fried food when I…

African Countries With The Most Tech Hubs Ranked

Africa is known as the motherland, the birth of mankind, where it all began. Yet for many years it has also been called the “dark continent” due to the rate of development of many countries. This perception is changing quickly, with hundreds of technology innovation hubs, who are creating cutting-edge technology products and services, popping up all over the continent, making the rest of the world sit up and take notice. So first of all, what is a tech hub?  A tech hub is an area of IT landscape by…

Vancouver most expensive city in Canada – but ranked 107th in the world: Report

Vancouver has surpassed Toronto as Canada’s most expensive city, according to Mercer’s latest cost of living survey. Up thirty-five places from last year, Vancouver (107) has overtaken Toronto (119) to become the most expensive Canadian city in Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Survey ranking, followed by Montreal (129) and Calgary (143). Ottawa (152) is the least expensive major city in Canada. “The Canadian dollar has appreciated in value triggering the major jumps in this year’s ranking,” the report said. The survey covers 209 cities across five continents and measures the comparative…

We need Tunisia in the fight against ISIS

President Trump’s proposed budget, which cuts financial aid to Tunisia, not only represents a stark departure from the president’s plan to “demolish and destroy” the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), but could have dangerous consequences for Americans and our allies. Slashing military aid to a country on the front lines with ISIS is both misguided and dangerous. The proposed cut is one of the more troubling aspects of Trump’s foreign aid budget, which decreases bilateral aid to Tunisia by 67 percent. The proposal would zero out the foreign military financing account…

‘Green police’ so far best cure for runaway pollution

A Sh5,000 fine is proposed in a Mombasa by-law for failure to pay garbage collectors or dumping at non-designated places.  China has set up an “environmental police” force tasked with enforcing pollution restrictions across Beijing in a bid to improve the city’s notorious air quality. The mayor promised tough measures in the capital’s 16 districts to combat a longstanding, harmful, widespread toxic smog. “Open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, biomass burning, dust from roads—these acts of non-compliance with regulations are actually the result of lax supervision and weak law enforcement,” the mayor…

Arab Reform Initiative Ranks Morocco ‘Most Democratic’ Country in Arab World

 For the fourth consecutive year, Morocco is still at the head of the Arab Democracy Index for 2017.  ‘With a score of 735, the Kingdom leads the list ahead of Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait and Algeria. The survey was developed by the NGO Arab Reform Initiative, in partnership with the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Surveys, and a dozen research centers in the Arab world. Results of the survey conducted in ten countries in 2015 show that the fifth Arab Democracy Index names Morocco as the “most democratic” country in…

Tunisia is a Strategic Partner to be Supported

The drastic cuts in assistance to Tunisia contained in the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget request send a disappointing message to the small North African country striving to shield its democratic experiment from the threats of terrorism and instability.  The administration’s budget aims to slash US security assistance to Tunisia by 82%—from $82 million (in FY 2016) to $15 million (in FY 2018) as well as reduce economic assistance by a third. The administration’s requested budget is unlikely to stand the test of the legislative process, but in Tunisia—a country…