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  • Couple Sent To Prison For Kissing In Public In Tunisia

    TUNISIA, 2017/10/21 A couple has been convicted on appeal in Tunis for “public indecency” next an altercation with police who arrested the couple while they were hugging in a car. The couple, who maintain that they were not kissing, were given a lighter sentence than the original term handed out at their October 4 trial, next widespread outrage on social media and in the press over the incident.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Activism And The State: How African Civil Society Responds To Repression

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/09 African citizens, activists and organisations are finding new and innovative ways to resist, organise and mobilise in the face of mounting restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Restrictions on civic freedoms are increasing worldwide, but are being acutely felt in African nations. According to the CIVICUS Monitor – a constantly updated tool rating nations’ fundamental civic freedoms from open to closed – 43 African nations fall under the bottom three categories of closed, repressed and obstructed with only two African nations rated as open. In most African nations, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by national and non-national actors through the use of restrictive legislation, policies, and judicial persecution inclunding physical attacks, threats and detention of activists and journalists. While these restrictions generally occur at the same time as civil society groups speak out in direct opposition to public policy, there is strong evidence that restrictions increase during politically sensitive periods, like elections and prior to constitutional changes on term limits of political leaders.
  • Tunisian police fire tear gas at protesters demanding jobs

    TUNISIA, 2017/01/14 Tunisian police firing tear gas clashed on Thursday with hundreds of youths who tossed rocks and petrol bombs in protests over jobs and a lack of development in a town in the country's south, residents said. Six years next their revolt ousted autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's central and southern regions are still flashpoints for rioting in marginalised towns where a lot of young Tunisians see little economic evolution since the uprising. Local residents said police clashed with several hundred young men in the centre of Ben Guerdane, and that protesters lobbed rocks and petrol bombs and set tyres ablaze.
  • Arab Youth Survey Report 2015

    BAHRAIN, 2015/04/25 Confidence part Arab youth that the Arab Spring would bring positive change across the region is declining and as a result they are uncertain whether democracy could ever work in the Middle East. This is the headline finding of the 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey released today. - Arab youth see the rise of ISIS as the biggest obstacle facing the region - Youth are keen to start their own business as concerns about unemployment continue - The UAE remains the majority popular country to live in and emulate and Saudi Arabia is viewed as the region’s biggest ally - A lot of view the Arabic language as central to their identity but believe it is losing its price to English
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou spoke of "serious terrorist threats"

    TUNISIA, 2014/08/31 Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou spoke of "critical terrorist threats" in September "in mountains far away from urban areas." The security and military institutions had taken the necessary steps, as part of the Crisis Response Unit, "to face up to these threats and deliver blows to terrorists so that they cannot pull themselves together," he said at a joint press conference with Defence Minister Ghazi Jeribi on the sidelines of a Conference of Governors. The Crisis Response Unit will keep on working rigorously at a sustained pace to keep abreast of threats, Ben Jeddou underscored.
  • Tunisian government asks US for 12 Black Hawk helicopters its army badly needs to fight terrorism.

    TUNISIA, 2014/08/07 Tunisia has asked the United States for a dozen American-made Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters so its forces can "fight terrorism," the country's president said Tuesday. Since its 2011 revolution, the North African country has seen the rise of a jihadist movement, with some 50 members of the military and police force killed in attacks linked to armed groups. Meanwhile, extremist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb recently claimed responsibility for attacks in Tunisia, notably an assault on the family home of the country's interior minister in May.
  • UN World Youth programme for the period 2014-2017

    TUNISIA, 2014/04/02 The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday launched the 'UN World Youth programme' for the period 2014-2017 in the Tunisian capital, Tunis. The appropriate representative of the UN Secretary-General for youth, Ahmed al-Handaoui, speaking at a news briefing, said that the objectives of the strategy were to facilitate the integration of youth in political and economic life, improve specific human rights for youth and ensure youth participation in active life. The need to promote cooperation between youths from southern nations and promotion of voluntary work for young people throughout the world are as well some the objectives of initiative.
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.