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New Technologies for a New Tunisia

Atlantic Council, January 28, 2019

A few projects led by individual ministries are not sustainable or large enough in scope for the long term. It is not enough to have fragmented programs operate in silos within various ministries—it is important to push for the implementation of new technologies to reform the administration itself. Instead, the Tunisian Government could commission a vision-focused, persistent, and structured approach that is implemented with roll-out technology prioritizing inclusion, fairness, and progress.


What does loss of US net neutrality mean for the arab world?

The New Arab, December 19, 2017

The FCC's decision exacerbates access gaps. In the absence of net neutrality rules, telcos are incentivized to provide expensive and low value access; a pay-to-play walled garden that only grants access to clients who can afford to do so.


Tunisia must not use terror-attack response to slide back to dictatorship

Globe and Mail, March 22, 2015

To secure a country is to invest in its future. Tunisia can serve as a model not only for democracy in the region, but for fighting militant activity on a most fundamental level. Ramping up security and military operations will only serve as a temporary fix for deeper issues of underdevelopment and economic underperformance. Investing and reforming the education sector is a good place to start. In other words, the Bardo tragedy can act as a catalyst for the Tunisian government to be more transparent about its security lapses.


Gender Justice in Post-Ben Ali Tunisia: Women and Political Participation

Right to Nonviolence, Middle East Constitutional Forum, October 2, 2012

While the status of women in Tunisia has long been touted as a point of pride for the country, the success story is not nearly as rosy as some would like it to be. The actual degree of opportunity provided for women and their subsequent level of political agency is low, from the municipal level all the way up to the ministerial.


Opinion: Tunisia's response to police rape puts human rights to shame

CNN, October 4, 2012

A young woman claims she was in a car with her fiancé when three police officers came by. She says two of them raped her while the third kept guard and later attempted to extort money from her fiancé. 

This single [rape] incident brings to the forefront how such transgressions are allowed to take place, and reveals serious flaws in the Tunisian criminal justice system and in Tunisian law as a whole.


No Excuse for Honor Killings – Reflections on a Music Video from “DAM”

Muftah, November 22, 2012

No matter what issues some may have with it, it brings to light topics that our society generally shies away from discussing. True, it is poorly produced and ignores a few things. But the video is also no academic treatise. It is a 4-min film that aims to bring attention to an important issue.


Tunisia's protests are a wake-up call for leaders

Middle East Institute, January 23, 2018

Tunisians today need visionary politicians that think beyond the next elections. They need policymakers who don’t just look to extinguish sporadic fires, but who look to address the roots of the many economic hurdles they face. The political elite should listen closely, because Tunisians today are not just protesting tax increases. They are expressing their unfulfilled expectations.

Tunisian Civil Society’s Unmistakable Role in Keeping the Peace

Atlantic Council, January 19, 2018

Civil society groups reconnected the relationship between citizens, the state, and society in a transitional period, supporting political settlements and reducing the potential for renewed conflict. As such, the role of civil society cannot be understated. Stifling its expression by arresting and detaining demonstrators only works to hinder the country’s democratic transition.


Tunisia's proposed ID law threatens hard-won privacy rights

The New Arab, December 7, 2016

For all of its successes - initiating a peaceful democratic transition, engaging in its collective past to create roadmaps for the future, and hosting the most active and dynamic civil society in the Arab world - Tunisia is introducing a law that can set back one very important right: the right to privacy and dignified livelihood.


Arab Maghreb Union: Overcoming Competition in Favor of Cooperation

Jadaliyya, September 14, 2015

The Arab Maghreb Union’s success is incumbent upon the Maghreb countries to achieve shared goals. Now more than ever, the Arab Maghreb Union must be resurrected. The establishment of the Union had a terrible run so far, and a number of problems stymie the process on both regional and domestic levels. In this two-part article, the reasons for this failure will be thoroughly explored and three recommendations for their resolution will be proposed.

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How the Tunisian Electoral Authority Robbed Me of the Right to Vote

Global Voices, November 22, 2014

Though I can't know for certain whether my application was rejected as a result of my political views, I do know this: the electoral commission has made it very difficult for Tunisians abroad to exercise their right to vote, and several instances were reported during October's legislative elections where certain individuals were unable to locate their names at the offices where they were registered. They were therefore rendered unable to vote.

There were also reports of bureau members convincing friends (usually sharing the same political convictions) to go to vote and fill up the voting booths.