National dialogue for reconciliation is the urgent need

The last report of the anti-poverty organization “Oxfam” Tunisia, published on June 17, highlights the contribution of the Tunisian tax system to the deepening of inequalities among Tunisians. “It draws attention to the risk of these inequalities becoming even more pronounced with the coronavirus”. The economic crisis is huge but it is not the only factor that arouses fears among Tunisians. Such report indeed is one of many reports and descriptions that give us a clear overview of the hard current status quo that our country is going through, without…

The global leaderless protests, an immense wellspring of social and political anger

The protests over the police murder of George Floyd have turned into a global movement of unprecedented scope. There have been demonstrations in nearly 2,000 cities and towns worldwide since May 25. Large demonstrations were held in London, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Warsaw and many other European cities. More than 12,000 people protested in front of the Norwegian parliament in Oslo on Friday. Protests were organized in Australia, India, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Mexico. Tens of thousands demonstrated across New Zealand last week. Protests throughout the United States are…

Ons Jabeur and Bourguiba: the lesson

In her last interview with the Australian third channel, Tunisian professional tennis player Ons Jabeur revealed that she dedicated her victory as a free woman to the soul of leader Habib Bourguiba, who remains a beacon of light to Tunisians. Firstly, thank you Ons for your great victory, which came after years of work and disappointments and at a time, some people thought that you would not achieve a similar win, by reaching the quarter-finals of 2020 Australian Open and becoming the first Arab women tennis player in history. Thank…

Amdoun tragedy, road accident or failed control mechanisms?

When we talk about the tourism sector, such a strategic sector to which we often attribute the title of savior of the national economy, the control of the essential actors who compose this sector such as travel agencies and hotels is almost non-existent. As a result, the damage to Tunisia has been serious and responsibilities will have to be very heavy. Indeed, a tourist bus fell into a ravine on Sunday, December 1, killing 29 people and injuring 16 others in northwestern Tunisia, according to a report, still provisional, from…

Tunisian Media facing Severe polarization and attacks

Over the last weeks, tensions went up between some known journalists and some politicians belonging especially to newly parliament. At first blush, the exacerbation tension seems a danger signal and a depressingly issue for diversity and democracy, regardless that the current situation complicates the relation between various stakeholders and hinder pluralism and democracy in general. It is very easy to demonize the other side. Just after the rule of the former president  Ben Ali, we experienced the repercussions of the confusing differences and severe polarization which disrupted the media and…

Presidential Runoff in democratic Tunisia, pride and challenge

Tunisians began voting on Sunday in a presidential runoff to choose a conservative academic or a media magnate who was freed from jail a few days ago, marking a new era in the country’s post-revolution political landscape. Presidential candidate Nabil Karoui was only freed on Wednesday, after having spent more than a month in jails on suspicion of money-laundering and tax evasion. This historic election which is Tunisia’s second free presidential poll since the 2011 revolution, comes after the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi last July 25. On Friday night,…

Tunisians uncertain ahead of Sunday’s vote

The first round of the presidential election will take place on Sunday, September 15 and a second-round is scheduled in the coming weeks if no candidate obtains an absolute majority. The first round of Sunday’s elections is considered essential to ensure Tunisia’s young democracy in the economic turmoil. With more than seven million Tunisians registered to vote in Sunday’s elections, the turnout could be slightly higher than in 2014, when the country held its first democratic presidential elections. For the first time in the region, presidential candidates participated in a…

Tunisia’s hopefuls at TV debate, a Tunisian premiere

Few days before the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, Tunisia on Saturday initiated a historical political event over three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a Tunisian premiere. The political debate of the 26 hopefuls over three sessions, who will compete to show the highlight of their campaigns, is a key milestone in Tunisian contemporary history in politics ahead of the poll due for September 15, 2019. “The road to Carthage: Tunisia makes its choice”, is a programme that was broadcast on the national public TV channel along…

Beji Caid Essebsi, first Tunisian president elected democratically passes away

Beji Caid Essebsi played a key role in shaping Tunisia’s future after the 2010-2011 revolution President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s first freely and democratically elected president in a post-revolution era, died Thursday. He had been leading the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings in the Arab world. Late Beji Caid Essebsi, who was 92, bridged two eras in Tunisian history, serving first as a senior officer in the autocratic regimes of the 1950s and playing a major role in shaping Tunisia’s future after the 2010-2011 revolution and…

Code of Conduct needed to restore citizen’s confidence in politicians

I was shocked as many Tunisians when I heard the death threat voiced by MP Fayçal Tebini targeting Prime Minister Youssef Chahed if the latter takes the decision to sign the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). Such threat lacks wisdom and responsibility and heightens worries within the political landscape in the deep crisis in which our country is going through. It is an unacceptable statement that shows us an example of the politically bankrupt’s level which arouses public anger and critic. In addition, what the deputy stated, certainly…