A Lyrical Cruise in Tunis

Urban scholars spend at least a decade thinking about the cities they research from the time they identify a research problem to the time they publish their manuscript. But we rarely find published those initial thoughts that are as much about misunderstanding as about comprehending the cities we turn into research projects. This essay is based on field notes from my first summer of pre-dissertation fieldwork in Tunisia, May to July 2014. I use pseudonyms to protect the identity of my interlocutors. The current version is loyal to my mis/understandings…

African Countries With The Most Tech Hubs Ranked

Africa is known as the motherland, the birth of mankind, where it all began. Yet for many years it has also been called the “dark continent” due to the rate of development of many countries. This perception is changing quickly, with hundreds of technology innovation hubs, who are creating cutting-edge technology products and services, popping up all over the continent, making the rest of the world sit up and take notice. So first of all, what is a tech hub?  A tech hub is an area of IT landscape by…

Moonlight Beach raises the Blue Flag

On the first day of summer, an official flag-raising event took place on Moonlight Beach to celebrate its Blue Flag designation. Moonlight is the second beach in Greater Sudbury to earn the title, joining the main beach at Bell Park. “The Blue Flag is a respected and recognized international eco-label for beaches, which is awarded based on 33 strict criteria in water quality, environmental education and management, and safety and services,” the city stated in a release. “We are very fortunate to have so many beautiful, safe swimming areas to…

Moving Out of Your ‘Comfort Zone’ at Yale University

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a continuing series about international student life at colleges and universities across the United States. Please join us over the next several weeks as we bring you stories about international students and the American higher education system as a whole. Wissem Gamra felt very different from other students when he began studying at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Gamra was born in Sousse, Tunisia. He lived there until he was 17 years old. But in his third year of high school, he…

TRADITIONAL FARE: IFTAR WITH DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES

Food is a great way to understand cultures. And today, we explore Tunisia, a country in North Africa. Tunisian cuisine can seem like a very exotic experience to many who are unfamiliar as the ingredients in most dishes are not usually used together in other countries. Tunisian, Ilham Naja Slim gave us a lowdown on her take of the various dishes prepared specially during the holy month. In Tunisia, every dish is cooked different in various homes, she said. Ilham with her husband Dr Slim Zekri and her three children…

Searching For The Next Designer Muse in Tunisia

Unlike model powerhouses Brazil, Russia and the Netherlands – countries capable of launching the careers of “the next big thing in modelling” season after season – Tunisia still has some catching up to do. There was Afef Jnifen, who broke the glass ceiling in the Eighties and early Nineties as a muse of couturier (and fellow Tunisian) Azzedine Alaïa. On top of that, the former model and current Project Runway Middle East judge, has worked for the likes of Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli alongside Naomi Campbell. Jnifen was…

The Impact Of Telecomunication in Arab Countries

Telecommunication has had an impact on many cultures and lifestyle including the Arab culture. The advance technological innovation has led to the introduction of new as media approaches which have been impactful to the Arab culture. The use of mobile phone, the internet, and other sophisticated telecommunication devices have brought radical changes in the Arab world. The most vivid example of the impacts of telecommunication is during the recent Arab uprising that swept across Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria. During these past upheavals, mobile phones, the internet and the…

A Treasured Coastline: Addressing climate change vulnerabilities and risks in vulnerable coastal areas of Tunisia

Tunisia’s coastal zone teems with life. It is a densely populated area, with most of the country’s large cities, and two-thirds of its people. With its varied topography and an irregular 1,445km of continental coastline extended from the North to the East, plus 450km of island coastline, the coastal zone is a vital habitat for both humans and marine biodiversity. The coastal zone also plays a pivotal role in the country’s development. The diverse coastal environment powers more than 80% of the country’s economic activities, houses 90% of its tourism…

Jabeur juggles religion and sport at dream French Open

Juggling sport and religion is helping Ons Jabeur to make a dream debut at the French Open. Jabeur, who is playing in the main singles draw at Roland Garros for the first time, beat sixth-seeded Dominikia Cibulkova in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. The Tunisian is a Muslim, but is not fasting during her time at the tournament this Ramadan, which started on Friday and finishes on June 24. Jabeur said instead she is using…

The Tunisian Women’s Rights Movement : From Nascent Activism to Influential Power-broking

Tunisian women have received significant attention for their active participation in preserving and extending women’s rights since 2011. However, their activism and latest achievements should be considered not a recent phenomenon but rather part and parcel of a distinctive local history that has included women as agents of change. This book examines Tunisian women’s lived experiences, as individuals and as a group, within a sociohistorical framework that uncovers the enduring feminine footprint over centuries and eventually underpins and defines their most recent fight for gender equality in postrevolutionary Tunisia. The…