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  • Reply to: Why Aren’t Young People Voting in the Tunisian Elections?   1 week 2 days ago

    many thanks for your response, Christine and stay tuned – my colleague Tobias Lectenfeld is preparing a solutions-orientated blog. I will look forward to your comments.

  • Reply to: Why Aren’t Young People Voting in the Tunisian Elections?   1 week 3 days ago

    Thanks for your comment, Gloria, and I agree with you, three years is not a short period of time for all the young unemployed who continue to live with little (if any) economic improvement, for them each day is a day too many. While of course from a macro-perspective, and from a democratic transition perspective, three years is still considered a relatively short period. The young really need to see some positive outcome and I do sometimes worry about what will happen if Tunisia is unable to improve the economy next year because many young are losing the little that is left of their patience and hope. A worrying development.

    And I totally agree, now would be a good time to make a solution-focused blog post, as the country will officially enter a new phase next year, in which, economy (and security) will be priority one. If I would manage to put something together I will for sure send it your way.

    Btw. I really enjoyed your YouTube video of youth in Tunisia and the economic barriers they face: We also spread it on Your Middle East:

  • Reply to: Fighting the Culture of Corruption in Yemen   1 week 6 days ago

    Public scrutiny via the Media and CSOs pushing for cleaner governments and highlighting corruption is a critical part of this struggle. Clearly a resolute leadership is very important but in many countries facing the level of corruption we now see in Yemen and many other countries in the world public pressure will play a critical role. This is especially so since capture of governments and political parties is inevitably part of the process of corruption. The more corruption is exposed the more exposed and vulnerable become the centers that foster and benefit from these practices. In short, let us by all means focus on the higher levers of power but also strengthen and protect the media - including social media venues - as well as the CSOs that will build the public pressure that will force change.

  • Reply to: The Debate: Would the Arab World be better off without Energy Subsidies?   2 weeks 2 days ago

    IN BAHRAIN, it costs 28 fils to produce one Kwh of energy but it is billed at 3 fils. It is almost 10% of the cost in the US. This leads to consumption of almost 10,000 units per person.

  • Reply to: Two Scenarios for a Hotter and Drier Arab World—And What We Can Do About It   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Thank you Fred for your feedback, I agree with you. Maria