Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What’s going on?

Since when in Tunisia we have people shooting at something other than a quail or a wild boar? Now they are shooting at police officers. What’s going on? Is it drug? I thought that this was supervised by the powerful corrupt families like the couscous connection linked to who you know. Is it the salafists?

One thing for sure is that the politics followed by our government to eradicate fundamentalism is not working. The plan of eradicating poverty and raise a middle class because fundamentalism is linked to poverty won’t work in a country where 1% of the people own 95% of the wealth.

In a country where corruption is present at all levels, we should not be surprised to see arms getting smuggled in; it is just a matter of paying whoever is in charge. When you see luxury cars being sold at the same price as in Europe despite a 200% custom tax, we should expect everything.

All what it takes to get a container full of whatever you want is to befriend one of the new lords of Tunis. The same people who are protected by the government are helping destabilizing it, that’s what you get when you have abuse of power from stupid people. It is not even a Mafia, because real Mafiosi are way smarter to initiate self-destruction.

Anyway, let’s hope that I am way wrong and that’s really coming from outside. But in this case it is scarier. I am really worried for my country, what happened to us or what is happening to us?

12 comments:

Slim said...

I am really worried for my country too, what happened to us or what is happening to us?

Mouwaten Tounsi said...

Voilà, vous parlez de votre pays en mal et vous vous étonnez de vous voir censuré... C'est normal qu'on vous censure, vous n'arrêtez pas d'être pissimistes et vous ne voyez que les mauvais côtés... Vous ne voyez pas que nous sommes parmis les pays qui se portent le mieux dans la région. Vous ne voyez pas la liberté de la femme en Tunisie. Vous ne voyez pas que juste avant le changement le pays n'avait pas de réserve de devise que pour quelques jours. Vous parlez des nouveaux "lords"!! Et alors!! ce sont des gens qui créent de l'emploie, ou est le problème? Ils praticipent au développement de l'économie tunisienne, en quoi ça gène qu'ils soient proches du sommet de l'état. Arrêtez d'être négatifs, vous les tunisiens qui ne faites rien pour la tunisie, et qui êtes confortablement installé à l'étarnger et vous n'arrêtez pas de critiquer. Si vous voulez aidez la tunisie, il ne faut pas ternir son image à l'étranger, mais y revenir pour la servir. La Tunisie qui vous a éduqué...

Je ne suis pas Schizophrène... Et bien sur que je ne suis pas d'accord avec tout ce que je viens de dire :)) Et j'ai la réponse à mon propre discours !!

Et pour notre Tunisie, je ne sais pas ce qui va arriver mais je sais que nous somme TOUS responsables de son destin et de la Tunisie que nous laisserons à nos enfants.

arab said...

Des trafiquants de drogue ? J'ai envie de rigoler en pensant à cette version qu'on voudrait nous donner . Il n'y a pas plus peureux que les trafiquants de drogue, ils seraient prêts à donner père et mère pour êtres épargnés . C'est certainement pas eux qui prendraient le risque de se faire tuer .

bribech said...

Comment esperer d'avancer et de changer si on critique pas???? wela comme notre media dima labess, hamdoulah, farhanine, on est les meilleur des arabes et de l'afrique?????

bribech said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4456332.stm

Aziz said...

well here is the thing ssamsoun : As a society we basically gave up . We gave up our dignity and our freedom in exchnage of some stability and relative prosperity . However by giving up our only way to control the destiny of our contry we offered to the regime the best opportunity to control our live and more scarring the lives of our descendants. because what is appening today in our country is only the begining of a self destruction as a society, as an economy and at last ou identity ...

wherethehellisAl? said...

Hi all

found the following article on 'liberation'
http://www.liberation.fr/actualite/monde/226602.FR.php

it gives a bit of clarification on the situation if you haven't seen it yet

eatbees said...

First, I want to say that I'm one of those people who didn't know about your blog before it was censored, but for what it's worth, you should probably take it as a "badge of honor for reality-based reporting." This is something Americans should be concerned about, not least because we were on the road to the same place until our recent elections (and we aren't out of the woods yet).

I've been wishing there was something that could be done to put real pressure on the Tunisian government to change its tune, because the "China model" of an economy controlled by governing officials and their families, combined with zero political freedom, means living, working, and raising one's family in a prison. How can the rest of the world support the existence of such prison-states? Yet that is precisely what is happening. The West feeds Tunisian dictatorship with its investment and tourist dollars. So logically, the only way to "turn the screws" for change is to remove that support. This would mean:

* Pressuring Western companies not to invest in Tunisia, and to withdraw their existing investments, unless Tunisia implements a program of real reform (free press, labor unions, political parties, judiciary, etc.)

* Persuading Western tourists not to spend take their vacations in Tunisia, or attend conferences in Tunisia; persuade agencies not to sell vacations in Tunisia, which will only profit those who control "95% of the economy" as you say

These sorts of tactics take time, but they do sometimes bring results, as with the Free Nelson Mandela campaign against South Africa in the 1980s, which turned apartheid South Africa into a pariah state, or the grape boycott led by Cesar Chavez in California in the 1970s to improve the working conditions of migrant laborers.

Okay, I know you're just a father and tech guy, not an activist. I know you only got into this accidentally, and I'm the same, just a citizen blogger who is horrified that Mafia states like Ben Ali's can exist in our modern world. So I say bon courage and bonne continuation to you Samsoum, excuse me for stepping in, and if there is anyone out there who can use these ideas, God bless you.

samsoum said...

@eatbees: Thanks for your comment and you're always welcome on this blog.
As you know, the western states are always looking after their own interests and as long as the TN government is paying its debts, following the world bank and FMI directives and showing economic progress, they are satisfied and can look the other way, specially after the 9/11 where abuse of power is permitted in the name of fighting the terror war. So I don't expect any pressure from the west any time soon

eastcoastlife said...

I do feel for you and your fellow ordinary citizens but sadly, there's nothing else that others can do.

ProudToBeTunisian said...

Just wanted to mention that Tunisia is a wonderful country, and that I'm so proud to be Tunisian, unfortunately, I realized all these when I left it. We have to believe in our country, help getting things go toward the best, and stop being passive actors, saying bad things, and doing nothing.

Whether you like it or not, whether you agree or not, but our home country is kind of a second mother to all of us, so don't blame it to the country.

Also, you may wanna think about your children (or future kids), and start building a better future for them.

samsoum said...

@ProudToBeTunisian : I am as proud of my country as you are. Proud of its history, about its people and about everything about it except the lack of freedom of expression and contol that is inhibiting my great fellow tunsians and preventing them from showing to the rest of the world how creative ans smart we are. Despite that we are all trying to do our best to change things and build a better fruture for our kids. You're just seeing the part where I am blaming , but you don't have any idea what I am doing to make it better.

I am sorry that you think that I blamed the country, if you read carefully, you see that I never blamed it, and I am sure you understand me