Reconciliation without Justice

On September 16, the ruling Nidaa Tunis coalition, backed by the Islamist Ennahdha movement, finally succeeded in passing a modified version of the Economic Reconciliation Bill that Essebsi pushed forward two years ago. This bill, now labeled the Administrative Reconciliation Act, was the first proposal suggested by the Tunisian presidency to the parliament, and Essebsi’s majoritarian bloc in the parliament defended it continuously for over two years, even holding a special parliamentary session during the summer parliamentary break. The decision to hold the session meant that the bill was voted upon without receiving the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Council, which viewed the bill as unconstitutional.

Volunteering at Karma Kitchen

At the last Sunday of October, I got a chance to volunteer at Karma kitchen with my housemate Itena. It was a rainy and cold day but we were determined that we will do volunteering because we signed up for it.  We reached the Himalayan restaurant at 11:00 AM and were greeted by Krishna and his crew members.

Karma Kitchen was first started in March 2007 in Berkeley, California, by an Indian-born person named Nipun Mehta, and over ten years it has been expanded to many cities and even countries. It is a type of restaurant where you get a 0 $ bill, but you can pay for the coming guests in your love for generosity. The Karma kitchen people call it “Pay it forward concept”.

Christiaan Triebert: There’s a lot Left to Uncover with Open Source Investigation

Christiaan Triebert describes himself as a digital forensics researcher. While he’s reported from locations around the world, he’s best known for his investigative and award-winning use of open source information: videos, images, data and information publicly available online that, if found, verified and provided with adequate context can tell important stories and challenge powerful narratives.

Having followed Christiaan and Bellingcat’s work — particularly their investigations into events in the Arab world — last week I had the opportunity to interview Christiaan about his work.

Tunisia 2017: Major Challenges vs Civic engagement potential solution

The wave of spontaneous youth-led revolutions, revolts and civic protest movements that have spread across the Arab region, demanding transformative change, testify to a process of emergence and renewal of civil society after decades of control that have profoundly weakened or shaped manifestations of societal organization.

The success of the transition process from a system marked by the political economy of exclusion towards a developmental state is predicated on the capacity of civil society to organize itself in order to constitute a strong constituency for accountable governance, social justice and inclusive development. The spontaneous youth-led revolts and civic protest movements in the Arab region will not result in genuine

A Story about Hope, Generosity and Climate Action

Borders we cross to reach another country are just borders; invisible lines drawn on the map by people like me and you.

    1. It was my first time in East Africa. I had the opportunity to travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to participate in a conference. The main reason I went to Tanzania was to meet impact social entrepreneurs from all around Africa who’re contributing to SDG 13 on Climate Action. The storyteller inside me was intrigued to get to know more about their motives, projects, and future aspirations. I also got the chance to facilitate a workshop for them on Storytelling for Businesses. I was inspired, that’s why I’m sharing with you some insights from my trip:

Too good to be true…

Getting out of my comfort zone, was never a problem for me. In fact, traveling, exploring the unknown, trying different things and shaping my own perspectives was a routine for me.  It all suddenly changed as I came to the U.S.A this year.

It all started back at December 15th, 2015, the day when I went back home from an amazing and life changing experience in India. I was happy, truly happy to see my family, my friends and go back where I do belong, but something was wrong with me. I was feeling homesick even in my home country. I felt very strange about it. For a year, I felt that the world has changed but I was always standing at the same point. It was never the same again. That was the moment when you believe that people change (‘Change’ is not the right word, it’s ‘evolve’).

Why sustainability is important?

What is sustainability? There are multiple definitions, but the simplest one is the ability to be maintained at certain level, however the sustainability component mentioned here is meant to be integrated with development projects, how to sustain a project or program you developed/created?

I believe the answer is by following up and create solution to the problems that will come to surface while waiting to see the impact.

What will be the point of developing a project or a program if we didn’t see the results/impact, be it short term or long-term results/impact.

A mobile app empowers homeless people in D.C.

The Street Sense Media App is the result of long hours of creative problem solving to overcome unique challenges, beginning with overcoming the distrust of unfamiliar technology by the homeless vendors themselves.

Street Sense Media vendors have been facing the problem of “Cashless”, so Street Sense Media had to come up with a solution and that was happened! An app-Street Sense Media app.

It’s a great and big step in the road of developing the organization and empowering the homeless people.

The Street Sense Media App is currently available on the App Store and on Google Play.

Rights Groups, Opposition Renews Calls for Cambodia Sanctions

Rights groups and the opposition party have renewed their calls for the United States to impose sanctions on Cambodia in the wake of a wide-ranging crackdown on political dissent.

The proposed sanctions include isolating Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government by placing further visa bans on officials and launching corruption investigations, they said.

The Supreme Court is set to rule in a political party dissolution case against Cambodia’s main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, next week.

Human Rights Watch’s Asia advocacy director, John Sifton, said the political situation in Cambodia now was “more frightening” than in previous years and that the international community should move to isolate Hun Sen on “the world stage and in Cambodia.”

‘’PERFECT’’ does NOT exist … she’s gone

Just when I thought I finally settled well in DC and had my life together, lovely friends, almost good food (fruits and vegetables are still trying to impress me, but they fail every time) and Mongia (the bike), respected in my host organization, calling family everyday. I was fooling myself it was a perfect life, or at least ‘’La Belle Vie de Washington’’ until Mongia was kidnapped (bike stolen). It was bad, still is, but now that I am over it, I can talk about it.

My life without a bike is like fish without water… maybe.