Loi de finances 2017 : l’affairisme au détriment de la justice sociale

Jamais les entreprises n’ont si peu contribué aux recettes fiscales. L’impôt sur les sociétés a perdu presque 60% de sa valeur entre 2014 et 2016, passant de 4.320 millions DT à 1.765 millions DT. Sa contribution dans les impôts directs perçus par l’Etat est passée de 51,1% à 22,6% entre 2014 et 2016. Autant dire que « l’effort national » demandé vise certaines catégories au détriment d’autres. Analyse.

Redeyef: A Town of Hopes Betrayed

It’s hard to believe, when you’re in Redeyef, that this town is one of the richest in the whole of Tunisia. It’s also in Redeyef that we see the real meaning of social injustice. Despite the four hundred thousand tons of phosphate mined there every year, the twenty-seven thousand inhabitants of Redeyef have, for decades now, had access to just one school, one poorly equipped hospital, and a deserted youth centre.

Redayef, la ville aux espoirs trahis !

Difficile de croire, quand vous êtes à Redayef, que cette ville est parmi les plus riches du pays. C’est aussi à Redayef que le mot injustice sociale prend tout son sens. Malgré les 400 mille tonnes de phosphate par an, les 27 mille habitants n’ont eu droit, depuis des décennies, qu’à une école, un hôpital mal équipé et une maison de jeunes désertée. Ici, la répartition inéquitable des richesses se manifeste de la manière la plus crue. Malgré les montagnes impressionnantes de phosphate qui s’amassent autour des habitations, Redayef est sinistrée…

La fée Aljia : le cris d’injustice d’une femme de ménage

Les femmes de ménage, on les voit dans les maisons, dans les stations de bus le matin, les plus jeunes sortent le dimanche pour se reposer d’une vie confisquée par l’exploitation et la pauvreté. Elles sont les abandonnées de la législation, les oubliées du code du travail, plus de 90% ne sont pas protégées, comme Aljia, qui se retrouve dans la rue une nuit de décembre.

South to North and the Sea in Between: Politics of Migration in the Mediterannean

At the beginning of the month, Journalist Farhat Othman criticized the Italian Interior Minister’s visit to Tunisia, observing that an offering of patrol boats, in the guise of support against terrorism and contraband, could only be intended for support against clandestine immigration since it consists of «patrol vessels mandanted by the cooperation agreement linking Tunisia and Italy since 2011 after the massive wave of Tunisians to Italy.» As if to provide a caricature of European politicans obsessed by preserving EU security, Nicolas Sarkozy addressed a cheering crowd of supporters in Nice earlier this week, calling for the «refounding» of the Schengen Area and «a real immigration policy to put an end to social tourism in our country.»

A Story of Water in Kairouan

A Google Web search on «l’eau + Kairouan» produces a disconcerting variety of reports on the magnificent Aghlabid basins, the conqueror Okba’s recovery of a lost golden cup («When picking the cup up, water sprang from the ground») and the stoppage of running water to the Haffouz delegation of Kairouan, so that one is left confusedly marveling at the graceful aesthetic and functional design of the region’s ancient water source and wondering how residents of such parched lands have survived the summer months without the potable running water to which they are accustomed.

Global Surveillance Monitoring – Nawaat Partners with Privacy International for Legal Reform in Tunisia

Defining the core of Nawaat’s collaborations with Privacy International, Sami Ben Gharbia points to the present legal battle that encompasses the Technical Telecommunications Agency mandated by decree and the (leaked) draft law concerning cybercrime, both of which must be addressed by «deconstructing the legal discourse of these threats and coming up with a proposal that will respect human rights.»

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Tunisia and Israel, Tunisia and the US

As much as Tunisia’s initial, post-independence, political transition was influenced by the extent and nature of economic support from the West, the success of the country’s waning post-revolution «democratic transition» is significantly impacted by the same US and EU powers. A misnomer that diminishes the scope and complexity of international alliances and enmities that it encompasses, the Arab-Israeli conflict bears greatly upon Tunisia’s relations with Western democracies, the primary prospective investors and financial backers of political transition in Tunisia for the past half century.

Interventionism, Systematic Alignment Instill Political Divisiveness – and No Resolve for Gaza

In Tunisia, there is a great deal of skepticism regarding the competency and «responsible governance» of the interim government in juxtaposition with Tunisia’s international image as the ‘sole democracy in the Arab world’ as citizens sense that technocrats and politicians are incapable of rising above their own political and electoral trajectories to synchronise a unified, coordinated national response to aggression that is tantamount to a Palestinian holocaust.