Tunisia faces challenges managing a surge in refugees and migrants, with 11,000 registered by the UNHCR, making it a major departure point for those heading to Europe. The country lacks proper infrastructure for immigration, providing minimal support to registered migrants. The EU signed a Memorandum of Understanding to address the issue, but obstacles and human rights concerns persist, with Tunisia rejecting the first EU aid installment.
- A reportage about the sub-Saharian migrants who arrived in Tunisia with the idea of embarking and reaching Italian shores after grueling journeys and long periods of detention behind them, spent in migrant centers in Libya. In many of their stories, they have already attempted the crossing to the Italian island of Lampedusa, but have been stopped and sent back by the National Guard, or have been left at the mercy of the waves with their engine failing before being brought back to shore by some passing fishing boat
- Few commentators make predictions these days about Tunisia, with the exception of its financial resilience deemed to be now overstretched and foreign reserves hardly covering the country’s needs in the autumn. Whether Kais Saied will be able to pull a last minute trick out of the autocratic hat, or whether Tunisia will face a default and financial and social collapse is anyone’s guess.
- Democracy is not doing well in the MENA region and political parties are the main casualties, surviving through life-support mechanisms but failing to make inroads in their respective national political contexts.
- Twelve years after the Arab Springs, the curtain is closing on what has been the only Arab democracy: the so-called Tunisian exception. On May 15, Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi was sentenced to one year of prison as part of a crackdown on dissent that has become more acute since early 2023, but started at least one year ago according to Andrew March.
- Tunisia is undergoing an authoritarian pivot that seems to be taking back to a time before the Jasmine Revolution paved the way for democracy. It is not difficult to find those who recognize this trend, not only among President Kaïs Saied detractors but even among those who originally supported him. Very few, however, agree to do so in the light of day, putting their name and face to it. Once again, it’s a time for “prudence,” “risk calculation,” “always better to avoid,” because the risks of retaliation even for one’s own family members are real. Reset DOC talks with Tunisian intellectuals, Amel Grami and Zyed Krichen to gauge moods and anxieties over the future of their country in view of the instauration of the Assembly on March 15th.
- The Maghreb countries cooperated with each other to the birth of the Arab Maghreb Union. Thirty-three years after, even circulating is hard
- Ten days after a largely boycotted vote on a new Constitution pushed forward by president Kais Saied, official results have yet to be announced, while a new IMF loan is urgently needed to keep the country afloat. The coming weeks will be crucial for the destiny of the young North African democracy.
- Contrary to what most readers of the written press think, satire has played an important role in the Tunisian media landscape as it always has done in publications such as ‘Le Canard Enchaîné’ and ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in France. In fact, satire was never more manifest in Tunisia, than it was preceding independence. Wielding this particular style as their sword, our journalistic knights, in upholding their belief in freedom of expression, sought to combat political correctness and continue the crusade against censorship, while cleverly evading prohibitions and taboos with great subtlety.