Refugee crisis, the vain search for solidarity

More people died crossing the Mediterranean to seek better lives in the EU in 2016 than ever before. Despite widespread search and rescue efforts, over 4,600 people perished after leaving from north Africa and Turkey. It is a figure that shames the EU and one that challenges a long-held narrative that Europe is a beacon for its treatment of refugees and respect for human rights. Instead, EU policies on migration, asylum, border control and security have exposed deep political rifts among member states, as the concept of solidarity becomes ever…

Half of Tunisian youth considering move to Europe as only way to improve their living conditions

  Despite the study finding that 75 per cent of young Tunisians are aware of the problems faced by illegal immigrants in Europe, it revealed that 45.2 per cent between the ages of 18 and 34 want to make the journey. Forty-one per cent of respondents said they are aware of Tunisia’s laws on the topic of illegal migration, in particular that emigrating illegally is a criminal act. While 57 per cent of youths in Tunisia call for illegal migration to be decriminalised, arguing that moving to Europe is the…

The week Events as seen by Historian Khaled Abid

The hearing sessions with the minister of interior and the minister of foreign affairs and the facts revealed behind the assassination of martyr engineer Mohamed Zouari as well as the Berlin attack have been the most important events happened last week. In addition to that, an inner cabinet meeting was held in Tunis and a Libyan aircraft was kidnapped. All these events are interpreted by historian Khaled Abid. He  thinks that anti-normalization of relations with Israel should not be a debatable  topic because all Tunisians share the same opinion about…

Racism in Tunisia: a problem of social education or an issue of legislation

Three students from Congo were harshly attacked in a metro station in Tunis because of their black skin. This incident renews the debate over whether racism in tunisia is a real issue or simply a fake problem raised by activists to draw the attention to some rare isolated cases of aggression against blacks in Tunisa. In fact, after the Revolution, Tunisian activists started discussing problems that used to be a taboo. Among these issues, black segregation.  In the past,  Tunisians pretended to be unified but reality proved the opposite. In…

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…