TS Update-January 14 handover

TUNIS: Tunisia’s ruling Islamists and opposition parties agreed on Monday to finish their handover to a caretaker government by Jan. 14, the third anniversary of the fall of autocratic leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
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TS Update-(Progress + Challenges)

Greetings Expats,

Great week on my side of town.  Received consistent support from security colleagues, beautiful weather, and attended many nice expat events. I even had the opportunity to see Santa in Tunis.

Santa in Tunis
Santa in Tunis

Announcement=Challenging Weeks Ahead

Update: “Tunisia’s political parties have chosen Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa to head a government of independent figures aimed at pulling the country out of a months-long crisis.”

The challenge:”The new premier has 15 days to form his new government of independents.”  During this period we can expect a mix of protests & increased security presence.

Expats Focus 

Even before the announcement, Tunisian officials reported that they would increase security in response to general threats.  On Tuesday, December 17th, organizers plan on holding a “peaceful day of range” in Sidi Bouzid.

Social media sites and local online publications will go into overdrive with rumors, theories, and predictions.  It’s important that we continue to share confirmed & relevant information especially during the next 2 weeks.

Seasons Greetings & Stay Safe.

TS Update-(Progress + Challenges)

Greetings Expats,

Great week on my side of town.  Received consistent support from security colleagues, beautiful weather, and attended many nice expat events. I even had the opportunity to see Santa in Tunis.

Santa in Tunis
Santa in Tunis

Announcement=Challenging Weeks Ahead

Update: “Tunisia’s political parties have chosen Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa to head a government of independent figures aimed at pulling the country out of a months-long crisis.”

The challenge:”The new premier has 15 days to form his new government of independents.”  During this period we can expect a mix of protests & increased security presence.

Expats Focus 

Even before the announcement, Tunisian officials reported that they would increase security in response to general threats.  On Tuesday, December 17th, organizers plan on holding a “peaceful day of range” in Sidi Bouzid.

Social media sites and local online publications will go into overdrive with rumors, theories, and predictions.  It’s important that we continue to share confirmed & relevant information especially during the next 2 weeks.

Seasons Greetings & Stay Safe.

TS Update-(December Security Update)

Greetings Expats,

So much information, theories, rumors, etc; good time to step back and assess the situation. Here’s what we know:

  1. We will see an increase security presence from now until the end of the year in response to “threats from terrorist groups targeting tourist areas during New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
  2. December 14th:  The expiration of the dialogue process.  Due to the importance of this date we anticipate various political announcements and updates in the coming days. These updates could trigger protests especially in the interior parts of the country.

3.  December 17th: This date is symbolic and it will be interesting to see what if any reaction will take place around the country.

Travel Plans

December is usually a wonderful time to visit Tunisia. The weather is great and there are many nice places to visit…but travelers should be aware of the security situation.

The UK’s foreign map & travel advise are very helpful tools for visitors that would like to get more information about the situation in Tunisia.

131025_Tunisia_pdf

TS Update-(December Security Update)

Greetings Expats,

So much information, theories, rumors, etc; good time to step back and assess the situation. Here’s what we know:

  1. We will see an increase security presence from now until the end of the year in response to “threats from terrorist groups targeting tourist areas during New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
  2. December 14th:  The expiration of the dialogue process.  Due to the importance of this date we anticipate various political announcements and updates in the coming days. These updates could trigger protests especially in the interior parts of the country.

3.  December 17th: This date is symbolic and it will be interesting to see what if any reaction will take place around the country.

Travel Plans

December is usually a wonderful time to visit Tunisia. The weather is great and there are many nice places to visit…but travelers should be aware of the security situation.

The UK’s foreign map & travel advise are very helpful tools for visitors that would like to get more information about the situation in Tunisia.

131025_Tunisia_pdf

TS Updates-(Lessons from Benghazi)

Greetings Expats,

All due respect to Mr. Mandela, but I have to say that I am more troubled by the death of Ronnie Smith.  A man described as a great teacher & wonderful human being that was killed in Benghazi on Thursday, December 6th while jogging.

Unlike the great Mandela, Ronnie Smith was in the prime of his teaching career trying to make a difference in a country torn by civil strife.  In Mandela we lost a great leader that has left his mark on humanity for ages.  Departing at the age of 95, Mandela’s life is filled with enough inspiration to fill a universe.

On the other hand, we will never the full potential of Ronnie Smith as his life was abruptly ended by cowards who seek to sow fear & terror.

Situational Awareness

The case of Ronnie Smith is important for all expats.  We must learn from this incident and remember to practice situational awareness.  In fact, I believe adopting a situational awareness mindset is vital for all expats living in countries with challenging security environments.

Here’s what we know and more importantly what we can learn from this tragedy:

  1. In October, Islamist Militants called for violence against Americans (Lesson:  Importance of information awareness)
  2. He was shot to death while jogging in Eastern Benghazi (Lesson:  Importance of situational awareness)
  3. He was cased & killed around his own neighborhood (Lesson:  Importance of community awareness)

Now is a great time to review your security posture and make sure your levels of awareness are practical & effective.

TS Updates-(Lessons from Benghazi)

Greetings Expats,

All due respect to Mr. Mandela, but I have to say that I am more troubled by the death of Ronnie Smith.  A man described as a great teacher & wonderful human being that was killed in Benghazi on Thursday, December 6th while jogging.

Unlike the great Mandela, Ronnie Smith was in the prime of his teaching career trying to make a difference in a country torn by civil strife.  In Mandela we lost a great leader that has left his mark on humanity for ages.  Departing at the age of 95, Mandela’s life is filled with enough inspiration to fill a universe.

On the other hand, we will never the full potential of Ronnie Smith as his life was abruptly ended by cowards who seek to sow fear & terror.

Situational Awareness

The case of Ronnie Smith is important for all expats.  We must learn from this incident and remember to practice situational awareness.  In fact, I believe adopting a situational awareness mindset is vital for all expats living in countries with challenging security environments.

Here’s what we know and more importantly what we can learn from this tragedy:

  1. In October, Islamist Militants called for violence against Americans (Lesson:  Importance of information awareness)
  2. He was shot to death while jogging in Eastern Benghazi (Lesson:  Importance of situational awareness)
  3. He was cased & killed around his own neighborhood (Lesson:  Importance of community awareness)

Now is a great time to review your security posture and make sure your levels of awareness are practical & effective.