IAEA Helps Researchers Worldwide Implement Sophisticated Isotope Techniques to Date the Age of Very Old Groundwaters

Nuclear techniques enable scientists to understand more accurately the age and flow of particularly old groundwaters. This information can prove important for the long-term management of water resources. Groundwater is the main source of freshwater in many places of the world, but it is a limited resource. Many developed and developing countries are actively seeking the best way to use clean groundwater as sustainably as possible, considering the risks associated with water shortage, pollution, or land subsidence. To this end, the IAEA, together with 13 countries, collected over 100 groundwater…

Tunisian Producers See Promise in Olive Oil Tourism

Tunisian producers are exploring how olives, one of the country’s biggest natural resources, can potentially lure a new kind of tourist. Tunisia has long been a tourist destination for mostly sun-seeking Europeans. But as alternative models for tourism are explored, there’s a new interest in developing opportunities for visitors to learn about aspects of Tunisian culture, including food. It’s a simple aspect of Tunisian life and culture that can be fun and meaningful for travelers who want an authentic experience.– Austin Hand, Engaging Cultures One-third of Tunisia’s land is covered…

3,073 Tunisians head to Europe illegally

Some 3,073 Tunisians have made the perilous journey from to Italy across the Mediterranean Sea since the start of the year, an official at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) revealed this week. Head of the mission, Lorena Lando, said Tunisians made up the largest number of migrants traveling to Italy during this period. Ethiopians and Nigerians came in second and third place respectively. Tunisian youths are taking to the waters in search of a better life in Europe amid a rise in unemployment in the country and increased frustration…

Tunisia receives crucial backing from IMF with third loan instalment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) allocated a $249 million loan instalment to Tunisia after endorsing its progress in implementing difficult economic reforms. The approved payment is the fourth tranche of a 4-year, $2.8 billion loan tied to sweeping changes aimed at keeping Tunisia’s deficit under control. The Tunisian economy took a hit following the 2011 ouster of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, which led to widespread social unrest, particularly in rural and interior areas. Since then, eight different governments have been unable to cut the country’s budget deficit or…

Tunisia and Libya bet on new partnership model

The model of the Tunisian-Libyan partnership, to which the two countries’ officials aspire, will not be completed only by activating the previous joint 80 agreements. Politicians in Tunisia and Libya have understood late that there is no longer time to save the remaining economies of their battered countries, in the dark political conditions, to seize the opportunity to move to the stage of reviving their historic trade partnership in all fields on a sustainable basis to help them end the crisis. While the obstacles are numerous and troubling, the two…

Why Migration Processing Centers won’t Solve EU’s Migration Problem

The EU has been thinking of outsourcing the management of migration and asylum to North African countries where most migrants are taking the perilous sea route to Europe. The idea of setting up migrant processing centres is winning support in the EU but has been met with utter rejection by Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. “Morocco rejects and has always rejected these kinds of methods for managing the issue of migration flows,” Nasser Bourita said last week. The same stand has been expressed in Algeria where authorities continue forced repatriations of…

IMF approves $249m loan tranche to Tunisia amid economic reforms

The latest tranche brings the total disbursement of the four-year loan to $1.14 billion The International Monetary Fund has approved the release of a $249 million loan tranche to Tunisia, as part of an economic reform programme, in a capital injection to the struggling economy. The fourth tranche from Tunisia’s four-year programme brings the country’s disbursements to $1.14 billion from a total of about $2.9bn, according to a statement by the IMF on Saturday. “Monetary policy must continue to focus on controlling inflation,” the fund said. Tunisia has struggled to revive its…

 More Chinese tourists flock to Tunisia’s Coastal resorts

In the archaeological museum in Sousse city in east Tunisia, a colourful one-square-meter mosaic of Chinese Taijitu has attracted many visitors. The Taijitu, evenly divided into two halves by a central curve, represents the Chinese philosophy of “Yin and Yang”. The pattern description reads “mosaic with the classical yin-yang pattern in a square. Yin and Yang are the two regulating elements of universal dynamism.” “It is easy for Chinese to recognize it. This is a typical Taijitu, representing … the fusion of Yin and Yang into a single ultimate,” said…

UK ministers to fund Saatchi campaign for Tunisian government

Critics dismiss project as PR campaign designed to support country’s contested policies The British government is paying M&C Saatchi to run a media campaign for the Tunisian government in an attempt to win voters over reforms that have sparked some of the largest protests in the north African state since the Arab spring. The advertising agency – known for its punchy political advertising for the Conservative party – has been hired to run a campaign “targeted towards the Tunisian public”, according to documents. Its objectives are to “improve public awareness of the…

Forget Santorini, Check Out Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia

Tourists by the thousands flock to Santorini for the classic pic of whitewashed houses with blue trim and bougainvillea, but an overlooked town in Tunisia also has the goods. “I think a mental health trip to North Africa wouldn’t be the worst thing for you right now,” my father told me, as I booked my flight to Tunisia. The trip was on a whim, in the wake of a break up, and though I’m unsure my mental health improved, my Instagram feed certainly sparkled. We picked the country on a…