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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.

EL Berka : l’exemple parfait de la marginalisation du bassin minier !

Dix ans de prison avoir revendiqué les droits fondamentaux de son village. Restituer une partie des sources d’eau, intégrer les jeunes dans les usines et dédommager les dégâts causés par la Société des Phosphates de Gafsa au niveau des terrains agricoles, depuis des dizaines d’années. Ces condamnations judiciaires iniques ont touché quasiment toute la communauté. Au total, cent familles ont été condamné pour les mêmes motifs. Depuis un an, la lutte des habitants s’est orientée vers la simple demande de libération des prisonniers, malgré l’exacerbation de la misère dans le village.

تغطية للوقفة الإحتجاجية المساندة لعزيز عمامي و صبري بن ملوكة أمام قصر العدالة بتونس

تجمهر العديد من المساندين لعزيز عمامي و صبري بن ملوكة من عائلتهما واصدقاءهما ومدونّين ونشطاء من المجتمع المدني أمام قصر العدالة بتونس للتنديد بما اعتبروه تهمة كيديّة هدفها الإنتقام من عزيز لمواقفه بخصوص قضايا شهداء وجرحى الثورة وتبنّيه لحملة “حتى أنا حرقت مركز” التي كانت ردّة فعل على حملة الإيقافات التي طالت الشباب الذي قاد وساهم في الإحتجاجات منذ 17 ديسمبر 2010.

الثورة جريمة وعقابها الإيقاف: ايقاف ثم إخلاء سبيل الناشط خليفة نعمان

بعد أسبوع من عمليّة الإيقاف التي تعرّض لها الناشط الشبابي والطلاّبي خليفة نعمان، تمّ يوم الخميس 8 ماي 2014 إطلاق سراحه من قبل المحكمة الابتدائيّة بتونس وحفظ ملفّ القضيّة لعدم كفاية الأدلّة. وللتذكير فقد تمّ ايقاف خليفة نعمان يوم الجمعة 2 ماي في سوسة اثناء عودته إلى جبنيانة في ظروف غامضة أشبه بالإختطاف، إذ تمّ منعه من الاتصّال بعائلته ومحاميه والتعتيم على مكان التحفّظ عليه. وقد وجّهت إليه تهمة إثارة الشغب على خلفيّة مشاركته في الاحتجاجات والمواجهات التي شهدتها البلاد في جانفي 2011 والتي انتهت بمغادرة زين العابدين بن عليّ البلاد

The Martyrs of the Revolution Affair– State Justice at Odds with Public Opinion

Is the ‘Martyrs of the Revolution Affair’ that has inundated Tunisian media over the past week symbolic of an already-failing post-revolutionary justice system? Or does it instead reflect the reappearance of the same sort of political corruption that thrived under old regime? Either way, the gaping division between a recent decision announced by Tunisia’s military tribunal and public opinion has Tunisians up in arms or at least on edge about the political, legal, and moral integrity of the State.

Rapport de la Banque Mondiale sur la corruption des Ben Ali Ou « la révolution inachevée »

Intitulée « All in the Family, State Capture in Tunisia », le rapport a été publié fin mars 2014, dans la série des documents de travail de la Banque mondiale consacrés à la recherche sur les politiques. Cette enquête sur la corruption économique en Tunisie, entre 1987 et 2010 sous le régime du président déchu Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a pour but d’ « identifier la relation entre les politiques d’investissement et les intérêts des hommes politiques Tunisiens dans le monde des affaires »

The curious timing of the World Bank Report on Economic Corruption under Ben Ali

It is curious timing indeed that the report should be completed just before the Prime Minister’s official visit to Washington to entice American entrepreneurs to invest in Tunisia. In an interview with the Washington Post, Jomaa expressed intentions to pursue economic reforms that conceivably align with World Bank-propelled reforms: “The big trend for Tunisia is to encourage all private initiatives”.

«State Capture in Tunisia» : A World Bank Report on Economic Corruption

That this report diffuses information which was previously inaccessible is a feature not to be overlooked or undervalued. In the wake of revolution and the unfolding democratic transition, the study’s objectives are relevant, its approach and resources transparent, its conclusions meticulously drawn and valuable to common knowledge and future research…However, a subtle but noteworthy contradiction associated with the confused designation of Tunisia as victim of state capture and as a role model for other countries reflects a greater, underlying discrepancy that exists at the institutional level.