Tunisia

MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Yet to Take Office, Tunisia’s Rainbow Government Faces Cloudy Future

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Aug 22 – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s new government promises to be the most inclusive since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, encompassing all six major parties, independents and allies of often hostile trade unions. But even before parliament votes to approve it, Chahed’s experiment with diversity is running into the kind of pressures

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New Tunisian Premier Tries to Break Economic Reform Curse

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Aug 10 – Tunisia has gone through five prime ministers in as many years since its revolution, each pushing a widely-praised transition to democracy. None, though, has made much progress in building the economic stability and opportunity that young Tunisians demand. Now the sixth post-uprising premier, French-educated technocrat Youssef Chahed, is

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Tunisia Lawmakers Vote to Dismiss Prime Minister

By Mohammed Argoubi TUNIS, July 30 – Tunisian lawmakers voted on Saturday to dismiss Prime Minister Habib Essid from office during a no-confidence ballot in parliament, clearing the way for a new government that must push through delayed economic reforms. Essid, a technocrat in office less than two years, had been under fire for a

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A Feast for the Faithful

Ramadan may be a time of introspection for most, but it’s also a time of delicious treats worldwide BY Arfa Shahid Indulging in gourmet meals and heavy desserts especially prepared for Ramadan may be ironic during this sacred month, which is about foregoing worldly pleasures and commemorating the struggles of the needy. The fact that the

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Tunisia: Time For A Rethink

Tunisia’s Renaissance Party may have signaled the start of a Muslim reformation BY Nicholas Noe Over the past 15 years, a steady stream of observers in North America and Europe, in particular, have argued with increasing urgency that the Muslim faith needs to undergo some kind of a reformation, akin to the processes that convulsed

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Overcoming Splits, Tunisia’s Parliament Approves New Banking Law

TUNIS, May 12 – The Tunisian parliament on Thursday approved a new banking bill to modernize financial services, a second reform called for by the International Monetary Fund after a disputed central bank law passed last month. Tunisia is under pressure from international lenders to speed up economic reforms to create jobs and growth, especially

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Bribery for Services Rampant in Mideast, North Africa, Research Finds

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Roughly one in three people in the Middle East and North Africa has recently paid bribes to public officials and for services such as medical care and electricity, and most people say corruption is growing, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. Only a fifth

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The Libya Effect

North Africa and  Europe are threatened by Libya’s instability By Nicholas Noe Five years on from the start of the Arab Spring, North Africa seems to be experiencing its worst security breakdown since the end of colonialism in the 1950s and early 1960s. In Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the government is fighting a wide-ranging, counter-insurgency battle

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