Opposing Populism From the Left

The resounding no vote in Italy’s December 4 referendum on constitutional reforms may open the door to an early parliamentary election that could bring the anti-EU Five Star Movement to power. In France, a victory by National Front Leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential election scheduled for May 2017 is possible as François Fillon, the conservative and neoliberal right-wing candidate, alienates left-wing voters. Populism, fueled by the inequities of globalization and enhanced by Britain’s vote to leave the EU as well as Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, is…

“Economic Value of Peace 2016” Report

The report of “Economic Value of Peace 2016” published by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows that the total impact of violence on the world economy was $ 13.6 Trillion in 2015. The report revealed that the economic impact of violence in the MENA region increased by 21 % between 2009 and 2015. As regards Tunisia, it ranks 90 (the Economic Impact of Violence and Conflict Rank by % of GDP), among the 163 countries covered in the report, by spending 8.181 % economic impact of violence conflict (Million…

What Makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil So Healthy?

With headlines like “fat is back” appearing so regularly in the news, it is perhaps wise to remember that healthy fats, such as the monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil have never really “been away.” Olive oil has been at the heart of the traditional Mediterranean diet for thousands of years and evidence is revealing even more fascinating ways in which it may contribute, as a central part of a healthy lifestyle, to preventing chronic diseases including heart disease, some cancers, and even dementia. Verywell’s Senior Medical Advisor, David…

Russia in Libya, A Driver for Escalation?

Russia’s support for Khalifa Haftar in the name of countering terrorism could instead escalate Libya’s conflict and undermine the UN-sponsored political process. Since summer 2016 Russia has stealthily joined the fray in Libya, having disengaged in 2011 when its hopes at protecting up to $10 billion in contracts with the Qaddafi regime were frustrated. In early November, a small number of Russian military technicians appeared on the ground in Cyrenaica, reportedly to help re-fit General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, renew weapons systems, and upgrade naval and air defenses. Several sources mention…

Benefits of Physical Activity

Sports and exercise can help to relieve the mind of stress. It is not clear whether particular forms of exercise are more suitable than others. However, sports that force you to get out of your comfort zone may have amazing benefits not only on your physical health but also on your mind. So if you are someone who’s lacking self confidence or you are maybe someone who lacks the discipline to reach a specefic goal in their life , then this is for you Because if you cannot take control…

The $34 billion that could keep Tunisia on the path of democracy

Tunisia is the only Arab Spring country still committed to democratising, but it needs help. Will the pledges made at Tunisia 2020 do the trick? Thirty-four billion dollars – that was the grand total of financial support pledged to Tunisia by more than 70 participating countries and financial institutions at the Tunisia 2020 summit last week. The conference, attended by 4,500 guests and 1,500 economic partners, aimed to generate aid and investment for more than 140 large-scale projects to help strengthen Tunisia’s ailing economy, generate 400,000 new jobs and support…

Jobs and skills to cement democracy in post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Opportunity is the bedrock of a stable democracy. EU support for innovation and education in Tunisia will benefit the whole of North Africa, as well as the EU itself, write Imed Hammami and Pier Antonio Panzeri. Imed Hammami is the Tunisian minister of employment and vocational training. Pier Antonio Panzeri is an Italian Democratic Party MEP (S&D) and chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the Maghreb Countries and the Arab Maghreb Union. A driving factor for many during the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia that toppled the Ben…

Women in Tunisia: democratic façade or civil society’s struggle?

In the last couple of years, women’s rights have improved in the Middle East and North African Region, especially in terms of freedom and participation. After the Arab Spring, the representation of women in Parliamentary Assemblies has increased in almost all countries of the region. In Tunisia, women have played a major role in the uprisings to stand for their rights, and then voted en masse in the elections of 2011 and 2014. However, the efforts put in the revolts only led to political promises, rather than reality. During the…

5 things you should never post on Facebook

Facebook has become the Google of social networks. If you’re not updating your status right now, chances are that you are uploading photos or taking some sort of odd quiz. We post tons of intimate details about our lives that we normally wouldn’t share with anyone. We think that as long as we make sure our privacy settings are set correctly that we are safe and snug within our circle of friends. The problem is that we never know who’s really looking at our information.  Our friend’s account could have…

The Deadly Sea from Libya to Europe

The flow of migrants to Europe has increased dramatically over the past year even as their trips become more dangerous. Over the last few years, the expanse of Mediterranean Sea stretching between Libya and Italy has become an increasingly dangerous highway used by economic migrants and refugees pursuing a desperate dream of a better and richer—or just safer—future in Europe. “This year has been the worst ever in terms of numbers of migrants and also the number of deaths at sea,” said Libyan Navy spokesman Ayoub Ghassem. “In the last two…