Researchers See Water at Root of Tunisia’s Inequality Problem

BÉJA GOVERNORATE, Tunisia—A couple of hours drive inland from the cosmopolitan capital of Tunis sits Medjez El Bab, a provincial town that has relied on income from agriculture since Roman times. The surrounding hills are still packed with fields of wheat and other crops like watermelon, but times are getting harder for the region’s farmers, and poor water management is to blame, says Hatem Jemmali, a social economist at Manouba University who studies inequality and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa. The summer months are getting hotter in…

In April, nearly 7,300 refugees and migrants entered Europe

In April, nearly 7,300 refugees and migrants entered Europe via Italy, Greece and Spain, bringing the number of refugees and migrants who have arrived by land and sea routes to these three countries to nearly 24,300 in the first four months of 2018. This marks a significant decrease of 49% compared to the first four months of 2017, a period in which just over 48,000 refugees and migrants entered Europe via these three countries. The decrease so far this year is largely due to fewer people crossing from Libya to…

Tunisians of Semmama celebrate mountain culture to challenge extremism

The Shepherd Festival at Mount Semmama, near the Tunisian-Algerian border, brings a message of peace and resistance in an area often only known as a hideout for terror groups. In the countryside outside Sbeitla, in the Kasserine governorate of western central Tunisia, lies a small hill at the foot of Mount Semmama framed by a sunset sky. Vehicles of the National Guard lined up and a smattering of soldiers could be seen on Darwish hill. The hill, named after the acclaimed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was the venue for  “The…

Tunisian pilot kicks off passenger over racist slur towards black stewardess

A pilot with Tunisair – Tunisia’s national carrier – kicked a passenger off the flight over racist comment towards a black flight attendant, as reported by Al Araby. Mounir Ajlani, the pilot, had made the decision on a flight to Tunis, Tunisia from Istanbul, Turkey earlier this month after the passenger verbally attacked a flight attendant for attempting to resolve a dispute between passengers. The crew member, Ghofrane Binous, took to Facebook on May 13 to depict the details of the incident. “I don’t need your help. The last thing I need is…

Olive oil tourism of Ben Ismail Farm is new option for Rural Destination Development in Tunisia

From the very first steps you make in the landscape surrounding the Ben Ismail farm you realize that this is  an area unique in Tunisia with its greatness and fertility. The Ben Ismail farm that includes some 5,000 olive trees, is the land that gives the extra-virgin “Chétoui” oil “Triomphe de Tuccabor”,  that was awarded the gold medal at the London International Olive Oil Competition (IOOC) in 2017. An event  regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. The Ben Ismaïl farm is a family reserve that…

The 6th MedUni concluded successfully acknowledging the role of youth in the path towards sustainable development

The 6th Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (MedUni) concluded last Friday, 11 May 2018, with the launch of the national “No hate speech” campaign in Tunisia and with the presentation of the outcomes of the different parallel activities to the Chief of Government of Tunisia, who attended the closing ceremony together with the Minister for Youth and Sports. This year the MedUni dedicated special attention on enhancing the structured dialogue between quadrilogue representatives (governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities and civil society organisations) in the Euro-Mediterranean region. For…

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 at  a press conference, on Wednesday at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, to launch the 2018 Arab Index survey. The Arab Index surveyed 18,830 citizens in Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq,…

150 participants gathered for the 6th edition of the MedUni

The 6th edition of the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship – MedUni – started Tuesday in Tunis. Once again, it provides a space where different national and international organisations run training activities within a multilateral cooperation context facilitated and coordinated by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in partnership with National Youth Observatory of Tunisia. This year, the MedUni encompasses eight activities, which will allow young people, youth-related institutions and youth decision makers to meet, debate and develop capacities to better cooperate in democratic processes and contribute to the…

A Record Number of Awards for Tunisian Olive Oil

Following a record 38 entries, Tunisian olive oil producers take home 11 awards at the 2018 NYIOOC. Tunisian olive oil producers are celebrating a record win of 11 awards at this year’s NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition. This year, 38 entries were received from Tunisia, with seven Gold and four Silver Awards going to Tunisian olive oils. This is important for the recognition of Tunisian olive oil in the world as a high-quality oil with its own personality.– Slim Fendri, Domaine Fendri Karim Fitouri was in New York to receive his awards…

Return to Tunis: why now is the time to visit this historic city

Tourism is on the rise in Tunisia after the 2015 terror attacks, but international visitors remain in short supply in its capital, leaving its Roman ruins and key attractions largely empty It’s late evening at Tunis’s Sidi Bou Said TGM train stop. A group of teenage boys skip across the tracks to disapproving looks and head for the waiting room where a homeless person is asleep. It turns out they are looking for somewhere with an echo so one of them can sing. When the boy begins, the sleeper sharply…