TS Monday Update-Aug 26, 2013

Greetings Expats,

I hope everyone had a good weekend and found ways to enjoy the nice weather.  

Situational Awareness

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A few expats have noticed that military personnel are being moved around and in some places removed altogether.  Notably in the areas of La Marsa where various military units are not to be found.  Why?….

While there are many theories floating around.  A military source stated that the military is continually assessing their setup and inevitably they have to make changes for numerous reasons to include: lack of resources, risk analysis, developing threats, counter measures..etc.   

Who knows?  But the fact that expats noticed tells me that our situational awareness is good.  

Access Control

Many expats have also noticed the extra bag checks that are taking place in big shopping areas such as Carrefour & Geant.  I personally went to Geant this weekend and found their security efficient.  

By the way, Geant has a great playground and I had a good time with my girls while my wife did some shopping.  

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Geant Playgrond-Tunis City Mall

Let’s keep are eyes open & sharing information.  Have a great week.  

 

 

TS-(Expat Security Professionals Update)

Greetings Expats,

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We had an informative meeting yesterday at our Expat Security Professionals forum where we discussed & analyzed the security situation in Tunisia.  

Key Discussion Items

  • Importance of obtaining accurate information and not being caught up with the media or rumor mills
  • Sensitive week ahead with Tunisia’s opposition parties launching a week of protests starting on Saturday, August 24th 
  • Awareness of events that may significantly alter the security situation:
  1. An attack by Islamist on any opposition politician or an attack in general
  2. Strong police reaction towards protests taking place this week
  3. Significant political change that does not have popular support

We also discussed the importance of Expats maintaining a practical level of situational awareness as a general precaution.  

Monitoring this week

We will monitor this week closely to see how well the alleged political deals translate both in the arena and among the general population.  

The Expat Security Professionals Network is an open forum where security professionals meet to share information & network.  If you are in the security field and feel that you can add value to our group please feel free to contact me.

 

As always let’s stay connected and continue to share practical & relevant information. 

TS Update-(On the Radar for this week..Aug 12th)

Greetings Expats,

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I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the nice weather. Between traveling, catching up with emails, and jet lag; I really haven’t had much time to post on the blog.  

I have continued to post brief updates & articles on the Tunisia Security Update Facebook Page  where many expats are signing up and interacting.  

2 Resourceful Documents

I wanted to take this opportunity to share (2) useful documents which you can print out for easy access.

1.  Expat Useful Numbers…good document to print out for quick reference. Click the link below to view & print.

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2.  Expat Security Awareness Sheet…good to review and perhaps share to a new expat in town.  Click the link below to view & print.

Expat Security Awareness Sheet

Interesting week ahead

With Ramadan over and people returning back to “normal life” the level of activity will certainly pick up.  This week starts off with a very important meeting between the head of Ennahda party and the UGTT trade union chief.

On the Radar for this week (Aug 12th-18th)

“A coalition of Tunisian opposition parties intends to propose next week a cabinet of independents to end the political crisis shaking the country…” (More INFO)

“The Bardo sit-in continued on Saturday outside the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) amid tense atmosphere…” (More INFO)

“The head of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda is to meet the powerful UGTT trade union chief on Monday…” (More INFO)

Let’s continue to share information and help each other as we enjoy the great sights and sounds of Tunisia.