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Conference Contrasts Authoritarianism and Democracy in Middle East

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) held its annual conference in Washington, DC on April 26 to discuss the perilous state of democracy in the Middle East. The theme of this year’s event was “Authoritarianism and Democratic Decline in the Age of Sectarianism and Populism.” University ...

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Urgent Tunisian measures to reap benefits of joining COMESA

Digitization of business transactions to dismantle obstacles to investors and launching new maritime route to deliver exports to African markets The Tunisian government unveiled a package of urgent reforms aimed mainly at overcoming the large trade deficit as the countdown to the country’s formal accession to the Common Market for ...

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Closer integration of Tunisia with Europe to include agriculture

82% of farmers fear the DCFTA would benefit only large farming operations that have easy access to bank loans and markets. Tunisia, facing lingering social and economic problems, has begun talks to further link its economy and society with the European Union through a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement ...

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THE RISE OF OLIVE OIL FROM TUNISIA

Olive oil is becoming more and more popular with food lovers who enjoy a good quality olive oil as much as a glass of expensive wine. And just as wine lovers enjoy sampling vintages from different parts of the world, lovers of good food are seeking out extra virgin olive ...

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Tunisian coalition fails to agree on economic reforms, cabinet reshuffle

Tunisia’s coalition government fails to agree on a new economic plan and a cabinet reshuffle, as the IMF prepares to review the country’s next loan tranche. Tunisia’s ruling coalition has failed to agree on a new economic reform plan and a cabinet reshuffle, officials said on Monday, in a new ...

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Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused massive global warming

The asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs caused temperatures to rise by 5°C. Earth stayed that hot for 100,000 years. That’s much hotter than expected, which could mean we are underestimating how much the planet will warm in the next few centuries. “The implication is that the amount of warming ...

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Agriculture marked as Africa’s path to prosperity, and Dube Port is an example of what is achievable

Processing zones for staple crops, an initiative aimed at boosting food security, have been earmarked for several locations in Africa, and KwaZulu-Natal’s Dube Port is seen as providing valuable lessons. Such zones have been implemented in Malaysia, Vietnam and in Latin American countries, as well as in Tunisia and Morocco, ...

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How Tunisia’s Startup Act is a blueprint for other African policy makers

Tunisia’s new startup act, which was passed last month, is a blueprint for how other African countries could create an enabling environment for innovators and tech startups from the “bottom-up”, says a former banker and entrepreneur who helped draft the act. “This legal framework is the result of bottom-up work that was initiated ...

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Tourism to ‘prevail’ over terror threat

Tourism growth “will prevail” over security threats from terrorism, Tui Group chief executive Fritz Joussen has insisted. Tui returned to Tunisia from the UK last week for the first time since the massacre of 38 people, including 30 Tui UK customers, in Sousse in June 2015 and Joussen said: “Sousse ...

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Arab Index: 74% of Arabs support establishment of democratic regime in their countries

The results of the survey conducted by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies showed that 74 per cent of the respondents in 11 Arab countries support democracy, compared to 16 per cent of the respondents who reject the establishment of democracy in their countries. These results were announced ...

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