Why ISIL fights in Europe ?

The so-called Islamic State rushed to claim responsibility for last week’s Christmas market attack in Berlin, even with the alleged terrorist Anis Amri then on the run. (The 24-year-old Tunisian was killed a few days later in Milan.) The jihadist group’s eagerness to cash in the propaganda chips is only one indication of how important it was and remains for ISIL to score a hit against Germany — especially after a string of aborted or limited attacks. Germany stands at the very core of ISIL’s strategy for Europe. It’s important to understand why in…

Six Steps To Turn 2017 Into A Year Of On-Going Career Success

As you celebrate the Christmas season and New Year and reflect back on 2016, how can you turn 2017 into a year of on-going career success? By creating a career strategic plan. Someone once said, “Success is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work – it requires a plan. Here’s how. In the mirror. Begin by seeing yourself as a competitive product. Take inventory of your strengths, weaknesses and differentiators, and then challenge yourself by facing any weaknesses and making improvements. What…

Radicals like Amri don’t fit narrative of Tunisia’s Arab Spring success story

The story of how Anis Amri, the chief suspect in the Christmas Market attack in Berlin this week, went from Tunisian school dropout to fugitive killed by Milan police in a shootout yesterday yet again casts an uncomfortable spotlight on a country hailed as the only success story of what became known as the Arab Spring. The question of why Tunisia, largely known before the 2011 revolution for its Mediterranean resorts and since as a poster child for a successful – albeit fragile – transition from dictatorship to democracy, has…

Angela Merkel: You deserve being a prominent leader despite the pain

As Tunisian citizen reared on coexistence and respect for others whatever the difference with them, I apologize on behalf of all Tunisian peace-lovers, for the heinous and inhuman attacks  on innocent people in Berlin or in any place in the world. Such busting and painful terrorism incidents on German soil impact negatively on the popularity of Chancellor Angela Merkel who remains an example for entire world of rigor, responsibility and humanity. We remind that when some European leaders closed their borders to asylum seekers and felt proud of their unfair…

Europe in 2016 and Beyond

Throughout 2016, Europe has lurched from one crisis to another. The British voted to leave the EU. Russia stepped up its interference in domestic politics in several European countries by planting false news stories and financing populist, right-wing movements. Terrorist attacks and the refugee and eurozone crises divided the EU’s 28 member states. On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans elected Donald Trump as their next president on a ticket promising to make the United States great again. Trump professes little interest in what has kept the West together:…

Between King Abdulaziz and Habib Bourguiba

Visiting Tunisia means taking a look at history and the future at the same time. The country’s geographic location has granted it the ability to receive the new and the different, comprehend new concepts and stay abreast of the most modern aspects which Europe has produced. The solid foundations laid down by Habib Bourguiba enabled Tunisia to stay intact amid crises and difficult problems. Even when the revolution erupted there few years ago, Tunisia did not witness turmoil. It grappled with ordinary security problems and quickly restored its strong Bourguiba…

Where Next? The Syrian regime has several military options as it advances after the Aleppo victory.

Seemingly unthinkable just a few months ago, the fall of Aleppo represents a major victory for forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The pressing question now is where these forces will head next: eastwards, so as to confront the Islamic State, or to the west and south in order to roll back opposition strongholds in Idlib province and around Deraa city? The Islamic State appeared to resolve the question in mid-December with its dramatic recapture of Palmyra from regime forces and its swift onward push towards…

The Saddam interrogation: Ten years after his execution, the CIA agent reveals the shattering truth… that everything the US thought it knew was WRONG

In the course of interrogations, Saddam ‘turned our assumptions upside down’. By John Nixon, Cia Analyst I had been up for 27 hours and was flat-out exhausted, but the news sent jolts of adrenaline through me like I’d never experienced before. A Special Forces team hunting the man we called High Value Target No 1 had pulled someone from a hole in the ground. He answered the description. And my bosses at the CIA were grilling me, the expert. Could this burly, unkempt man truly be Saddam Hussein, the ruthless…

Less than 3% of five million Syrian refugees resettled in rich countries

Less than three per cent of the nearly five million refugees living in Syria’s neighbouring states have been resettled in rich countries according to a new report published yesterday by Oxfam. Instead a lack of political will and a rise in xenophobia have driven a backlash against refugees in many countries. Oxfam reviewed the resettlement policies of eight countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States – and concluded that in some countries a lengthy process, security screening, and an increasingly hostile political…

European Union approves projects worth €37 million to tackle migration challenges in North Africa

The package will address migration challenges in Libya, Tunisia and Morocco. In Libya, this new EU support will better protect and assist the most vulnerable migrants, such as the persons rescued at sea and disembarked in Libya, and will help their host communities. In Tunisia this programme will tackle the root causes of migration by boosting the creation of economic opportunities. In Morocco an EU programme will support the fight against racism and xenophobia against migrants by strengthening their legal protection. Today’s new funding brings the EU support to Northern…