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1. KS text is now THE #constitution of #Tunisia. The electoral body, #ISIE, just announce the referendum results: a 27% turnout and 94% of them approving the proposed text. A few takeaways:
2. Does this mean that almost 75% of Tunisians oppose(d) this constitution? Does it change the fact that this constitution is the culmination of an authoritarian, unilaterally, and unconstitutionally conducted process? In my humble view, the response to both is NO.
3. While 27% turnout is very low from a comparative perspective, note that the last Algerian referendum, in 2020, saw only a 23,84% turnout. A major French constitutional reform enjoying the consensus of almost all political parties registered only 30% turnout in 2000.
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#Tunisia 🇹🇳: Il presidente Kais Saied ha pubblicato ieri una versione modificata di una bozza di Costituzione nel tentativo di ridurre le critiche dopo che la prima bozza era stata criticata per i poteri quasi illimitati che conferiva al suo ufficio.…
La nuova Costituzione, che sarà sottoposta a referendum questo mese, è il fulcro del piano di Saied per riformare il sistema politico del Paese nordafricano.
È stata presentata quasi un anno dopo che Saied ha licenziato il governo, sospeso il parlamento e preso ampi poteri in un'azione che gli oppositori hanno definito un colpo di stato contro l'unico sistema democratico emerso dalle rivolte della Primavera araba.
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1/7 Recently published consultative committee's draft sheds new light on president KS draft #constitution 4 #Tunisia. Discrepancies btw both show that problematic provisions are conscious choices. Below table shows revealing differences btw committee's text & president's draft
2/7 The Chair and a member of the committee that developed the initial draft distanced themselves from President's proposed text. Cf. Text of their draft, letter by the chair, Pr.Belaid, & Pr. Amin Mahfoudh: &
3/7 One point attracted activists' and commentators’ attention: the constitution entering into force following the referendum, i.e. implicitly, regardless of the result. Understandable concern esp. when we compare this wording with the one proposed by the Consult. Com.
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1. #Tunisia draft #constitution by Kaiss Saied’s is out. Below are initial remarks on the content of this text in particular on the political system, preamble, rights and liberties, and a few institutional design aspects:
The polit syst is a ‘presidentialist’ one following the tradition of post-independnce authoritarian Arab & African constit. It rests on 1 central, the president, around which a multitude of bodies gravitate while being, one way or the other, submitted to it
3. A bicameral and weakened parliament: A new chamber represents regions and provinces. Not clear from the text whether the law-making chamber is elected directly or not! One needs to wait for the electoral law.
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It's finally here!
I'm extremely excited to announce that my book "Iranian-Saudi Rivalry since 1979: In the Words of Kings & Clerics" has been published by @BloomsburyBooks @ibtauris.
Let me tell you a little bit about my book & my decade-long journey in this thread🧵1/25
This book is a revision of my DPhil Dissertation at @UniofOxford @StCrossCollege which covered Iranian & Saudi Mutual (mis)Representations 1979-2009 & subsequent work that covered this rivalry up to 2021 as an Academic Visitor at @StAntsCollege @OxfordMEC . 2/25
This publication builds on the work of great experts, scholars & academics including [in alpha. order]
#ShahramChubin @carnegienpp
#HennerFürtig @GIGA_Institute 3/25
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"Even with the government subsidies, people in #Egypt, #Tunisia, #Syria, #Algeria and #Morocco spend between 35 and 55 per cent of their income on #food. They’re living on the edge: small price rises bring #poverty and #hunger."

➡️… #wellbeing #consumption Image
"Just before the pandemic, in 2019, American non-financial corporations made about a trillion dollars a year in profit, give or take. This amount had remained constant since 2012. But in 2021, these same firms made about $1.73 trillion a year. ...
... That means that for every American man, woman and child in the US, corporate America used to make about $3,081, but today makes about $5,207. That’s an increase of $2,126 per person. ...
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Si aggrava la crisi politica in #Tunisia. Il presidente Kais Saied ha emesso oggi un decreto di scioglimento del parlamento, che è stato sospeso dall'anno scorso.…
Il decreto arriva dopo che il Parlamento lo ha apertamente sfidato votando per abrogare i decreti che il presidente ha usato per assumere un potere quasi totale.
Parlando dopo la sessione online di più della metà dei membri del parlamento, la prima da quando ha sospeso la camera a luglio, Saied li ha accusati di un colpo di stato fallito e di una cospirazione contro la sicurezza dello stato e ha ordinato indagini su di loro.
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افغانستان میں کالعدم تحریک طالبان سمیت دہشت گردگروپوں کے خلا ف موثر حکمت عملی کی ضرورت ہے، شاہ محمود
#PMImranKhan #PMIKatOIC #OICInPakistan
آرایس ایس نظریےسےمتاثربھارتی حکومت کشمیرمیں ظلم ڈھارہی ہے،شاہ محمودقریشی
#PMImranKhan #PMIKatOIC #OICInPakistan
دنیامیں دولت کی غیر منصفانہ تقسیم سے غربت میں اضافہ ہورہاہے،وزیرخارجہ شاہ محمودقریشی
#PMImranKhan #PMIKatOIC #OICInPakistan
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Hugely important. “Costly wheat will blow up budgets in Middle East, perhaps forcing subsidy cuts that leave citizens hungry. Across sub-Saharan Africa, higher oil prices will strain budgets that are already creaking under burden of a debt splurge.”…
#Egypt, the world’s largest wheat buyer, is esp vulnerable to supply fallout from #UkraineRussiaWar. It needs 21m tons of wheat each year, but produces less than half that. Approx 86% of its imports are from Russia and Ukraine.
From @TheEconomist article above: #Tunisia trade minister says subsidised baguettes selling for 190 millimes ($0.06) already cost over 2x that to produce. Tunisia is ill-equipped to cope w/ higher subsidies. Has fiscal deficit ~9% GDP & annual debt-service payments ~same level.
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#US offering intel, weapons, eyes from the sky and mercenaries to #Ukraine.

A couple of maps of the latest developments in #Ukraine. Not much advance yesterday and #Russia announced a ceasefire and safe corridors in many cities, allowing diplomacy and civilians evacuation.
To stop buying oil from #Russia, #US no longer recognises Juan Guido as #Venezuela's President and visit @maduro_en to ask for the return of relationship and oil. It is also trying with #Iran for the same objective, after decades of sanctions on the people of Iran and Venezuela.
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Thread 1/ Important update on platform manipulation. Yesterday, Twitter announced they had banned over 100 accounts that pushed the 'I stand with Putin' hashtag 🥳. However, we can prove they missed many low hanging bots…
2/ If you remember from the other day I highlighted this cluster of bots. There are approximately 149 accounts here. These are all hacked accounts that used to belong to real people.

3/ As you can see, they are real accounts, with diverse creation dates, profiles and bios. These indicators of authenticity probably make it harder for Twitter to automatically detect them.
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Feb 23 2022: "#WHO facilitates 194 member states to introduce digital #vaccination certificates... WHO will make it easier for its member states to introduce digital vaccination certificates in the future... It is intended to serve as a standard procedure..." #DigitalID
"#WHO is therefore supporting member states in building national & regional trust networks & verification technology. The WHO's gateway service also serves as a bridge between regional systems. It can also be used as part of future #vaccination campaigns..."

"Digitization keeps the world running. Digital #vaccination certificates like the EU's are key to this...The gateway will interact w/ other parts of the system already developed by WHO...This will also give hints for regional & national setups to be followed by the implementers."
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1. Decree 11 on the Temporary High Judicial Council (THJC) is out. This is how it effectively ends any semblance of judicial independence in Tunisia:
2. Decree 11 is purportedly based on the 2014 Constitution. The decree does not refer to any specific article of the Constitution, simply because there’s no article that authorizes the President to interfere in the functioning of the HJC. #Tunisia
3. The Constitution does not provide for the the HJC to be dissolved. What Cannot be dissolved by the Constitution cannot be dissolved by decree. Decree 11 is therefore unconstitutional #Tunisia
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The #MGISummit is about to begin. Follow our live coverage of the event, where high-profile regional leaders gather in #Riyadh to discuss #climate action ahead of #COP26.
#MGISummit: #Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as #Jordan and and #Kuwait's crown princes, arrive at the venue. Pakistani PM @ImranKhanPTI also shows attendance.
#MGISummit: #Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and #UAE's Finance Minister Hamad bin Rashid Al Maktoum have also arrived
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Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated in the capital #Tunis on Sun against power seizure by the country's president, #KaisSaied. Demonstrators gathered in the Hayreddin Pasha Street & marched towards the Habib Bourguiba Avenue amid a heavy security presence.
#Tunisia #BreakingNews
Despite checkpoints & security screenings of protesters, it was the biggest rally yet against the actions of Presi. #KaisSaied, who on July 25 sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers, after months of political stalemate
#Tunis #Tunisia
Saied followed up the move last month with measures that effectively allow him to rule by decree.

"The people against the coup d'etat," "Raise your voice, the revolution is not dead," the anti-Saied demonstrators called, waving red-&-white Tunisian flags.🇹🇳
#Tunis #Tunisia
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#Pakistan was never a "hired gun" in any war, and it has entered many wars - near and far - for its interests, like any other nation. The narrative of a hired gun is a claptrap; earns political points, but is demeaning for the country, insulting, and self-defeating. /1
History is debatable, but #Pakistan smartly dragged the #US and the free world into a war against the Soviet Union in #Afghanistan; & rightly so. Pak benefited from the project, and also paid a heavy price. The actions of a smart nation that effectively defended its interests. /2
#Pakistan joined the #Bosnia war vs #Serbia+#Russia; helped #Azerbaijan vs #Armenia, #Kuwait vs #Iraq; #Jordan vs militants; supported freedom movements in #Algeria+#Tunisia; backed Western allies in Suez Crisis, helped Kashmiris, & helped counter communism in Arab countries. /3
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.@JosepBorrellF in #Tunisia says he shared during meeting with Pres Saied "the European apprehensions" on preservation of the democratic order. "The free exercise of the legislative power and the return of parliamentary activity are part of that order and they must be respected."
In context of economic/political problems, "it is important to direct the country towards the re-establishment of institutional stability while preserving its democratic fundamentals," says @JosepBorrellF #Tunisia -2-
.@JosepBorrellF said he took good note of the messages he received during his #Tunisia meetings, esp with Pres. Saied. Said he would share them with colleagues in EU. But he notably didn't express any approval of those messages. Instead, he concluded...-3-
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#Ghannouchi. the most hated politician in #Tunisia (surveys). Probably the reason so many Tunisians are willing to accept Saied's power grab after 10 years of democratic transition. How has he been handling the situation since July 25th through his online presence? #Thread
In 2 words: international support. He has been building a narrative for international public opinion, seeking support from foreign governments, NGOs and media. On the 25th, footage of him prevented by the military from entering the Parliament was clearly aiming at that target.
He has one official Facebook page and one Twitter account. On Facebook (major social media platform used by Tunisians), the only content published is in Arabic, mostly press releases from the party, and a couple of articles (only one in English from Middle East Eye.
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Kais Saïed announces on Facebook, at midnight, the extension of the "exceptional measures" until further notice. One month, no government, no plan, no deadline, no parliament, no visibility, no address to the people, no dialogue. Expected but not reassuring #Tunisia
Hard to imagine a return to "normal". He's completely shunned all national players. A couple of videos posted, a few foreign delegations met, cryptic monologues about conspiracies against him and fighting corruption, a lot of religious references, deliberate dismissal of talks
Meanwhile, house arrest measures and travel restrictions continue to be applied without due process, in an arbitrary manner. Pressure keeps growing. Most media is cautious. Political actors are mostly quiet. As well as national organizations and CSOs.
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Kais Saied's 30-day exceptional period ends tomorrow, but the President has given few hints about what is ahead for #Tunisia. A referendum on a new constitution? Snap elections? The Great Silence from Carthage has the political class on edge:…
One of the biggest takeaways I got from reporting this out is the depth of Saied's isolation right now. Even parties and civil society who support his move are being locked out of conversations about what is next, and it has many of them sweating.
Several SCOs told me that they would only give an interview *after* Saied made some kind of announcement. I got the sense many are hoping still to be included in conversations about Tunisia's future, even if the past 30 days are a sign they may not be.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 08/21/2021…
How opium led to ‘the banality of evil, the birth of megacorporations, the foundation of empires’…

#opium #tea #GlobalTrade #BritishEmpire #history #india #china
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President Kais Saied is tackling a key issue all governments have failed to address: Phosphate production in #Tunisia. Social unrest is often blamed for shutdown of phosphate production and the role of corruption in disrupting phosphate production is often overlooked.
Before the revolution in 2011, #Tunisia was one of the world's top exporters of phosphate. The country's now importing phosphate.

Protests aimed at a fairer distribution of phosphate export revenue to the local population have indeed disrupted production. The revolution of 2011
can actually be placed on a continuum originating in the 2006 uprising in phosphate-rich #Gafsa. But beyond these legitimate grievances which have yet to be addressed, high-scale corruption is also to blame.

One of the key players in this dossier is the Tahya Tounes MP Lotfi Ali
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Thread 1/ This is a thread on the hashtag 'Tunisia is safe', which has been trending in #Tunisia for the past two days or so, and was the top trend for some time. This thread highlights the contents of the hashtag, its influencers, its seeming purpose, and any potential anomalies
2/ The sample includes about around 7000 interactions involving around 3500 unique accounts (this number also includes accounts that did not tweet the term, but were mentioned or replied to) Sample ranges from 7pm 28th July to 6am 31st July. #Tunisia
3/ First, who was tweeting and who was the composition. The most influentional and retweeted account was popular Tunisian influencer Louay Cherni. Also influential and heavily RT's was Tunisian model and actress Azza Slimene. Cherni's tweet criticizing Ennahda was the most
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He left the party & that in itself is honorable.Many refuse to accept is that #tunisia n exhaustion w/ #Ennahdha 10 years post 2011 has little do with Islamism. It’s the corruption,poor governance,unjust econ. policy & abuse of power. They’ve failed more than just their voters.
People living in #Tunisia;our anger is domestic, no one sits & thinks which side of the regional power dynamic to support. IFI #austerity impositions have strangled public spending, crippled public services,frozen hiring, devalued currency.. plurality seat party can’t be innocent
We respect the legacy of all parties & mvmnts oppressed by past dictatorships (esp Far Left & Islamist) but #Ennahdha to b so powerful in parliament & in ministries & waste 10 years without taking serious action or even speaking out against ongoing securitarian torture & abuse?
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