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Showtime on planet Earth

One of these things I like the most about history is that under the historical scope of things, the world  -as complex as it is – seems like a perpetual proof of concept with distinguished versions, or iteration or era if you like. I’d rather call them cycles.

When we look closely we can recognize the life-cycle of any iteration, with staple events or benchmarks of the contemporary times, and contemporary social practices which can provide more context to the big events happening at these times.

What if we were at the end of an era, and in this post I would argue that we are. And I am quite confident that anyone reading this post, at the moment these events occur, already thought of this elephant in the room prior to reading this text.

We are witnessing the end of the first truly global empire, the American empire, and we see it fall.


As main representative event we have the fight of the century between the old and the new worlds. English boxing VS Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

The first is a bestial show where you watch two strong men punching each other until exhaustion or knock-out, and the second is one of the most savage and violent physical disciplines, born out of the mix of the most lethal martial arts techniques.

The former, much slower than the latter, has given its best years and has seen its peak with a prophet, then saw its end with an illiterate businessman. MMA prays to god money from the cradle.

It’s by all means the biggest sports show the American era could have given us. It is enough to see Bloomberg writing about a boxing fight in its business analysis section (not sports): Link.

By all means the US has also given us the most extraordinary political of the shows. It is by far the biggest televised political failure  in the human modern history, led by the ultimate reality TV star.

Probably the future most studied case in social, political and history classes.

In this blog post I will try to explain the presidency of Donald J. Trump under a new scope where we will try to find a pattern in the days to come.

Many texts have been written to explain how this event occurred, for some as a sort of justification for lack of self diagnosis. Hundreds  of words have been spent to describe the events as they were dropping in day-by-day, uncovering the inner works of high level politics in the US.

In the following I will discuss the possible and likely short and mid-term consequences of the elections of Donald J. Trump on the Geo-political level.

Who would have predicted the Russians winning the cold war after all.

Putin is no hero, since he is the weakest of his the American commercial antagonists namely China, Germany, Japan and to a lesser extent India and Iran. These also coincide with former centers of leading civilizations.

An old KGB agent took advantage of a weak spot which is nothing else but the very person of  Trump. A caricature of an American greedy showman who is clearly not qualified for this job.

Putin was too insignificant and incapable of doing any harm under any strong American administration, so he was able to operate under the radar. He was busy building his empire (the financial one), trying to prove he exists on the international scene is his own lame way.

Obama described the eyes of a guy who lost his mind because of excess of power referring to Putin, or was it Erdogan, or Assad? We might get back to that.

I hope I will have time to try to discuss a framework to assess the impact of the presidency of Donald J. Trump on the macro-economic level.

The market has become single, and the market is far too big for the old kind of world. We will hopefully discuss one day the emergence of original extra-governmental human organizations. The human-made virtual  world.

It is gonna be Showtime on planet Earth.

1. The fall of the American empire:

We will start from the most general point which is in this case, the obvious fall of the classic American empire, the one we always knew as we see the “Chute libre” (or free fall) of its institutions.

The US’ influence is permanently damaged because Trump is sending explicit messages not only to the few nations and persons that he namely mentioned. Thanks to internet, these messages are sent to every human being as it affects their lives as much as it affects Americans’.

Trump is literally sending a very explicit signs to virtually every human on earth telling them that the USA will no longer be this steady and strong ally, whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever you did before.

Trump is tweeting what he has on top of his mind because he thinks that global politics is like a reality TV show where you have to keep the audience entertained. His audience are European and Asian leaders, but also virtually every human being on planet Earth with a phone, including governments members, military forces, strategists, bankers, terrorists, hustlers and war criminals.

He tells his audience that they are living in a world shaped since decades by the sole commercial interest of the American empire.

Allies and enemies on all the levels of every respectable country must have an emergency plan for when their most important military ally, trade partner, president picker, money supplier and supreme protector, the US, is no longer replying to non-short-term commercial deals.

It is too early for uninformed people like myself to be aware of any major geopolitical move. But it is clear in my understanding that the US has just proven itself replaceable for most of the things it claimed.

Trump just proved that such a powerful partner can reveal to be a burden when things go out of the political script. When both your allies and your antagonists don’t expect you to be there when needed, you lost your turn.

It is now urgent to understand what any violent choc, hopefully unlikely, would imply for the most heavily armed nation in human history. The fall of the Soviet union armed that whole region for decades. The US is already deploying its weaponry at remote regions like the Middle East, and Asia, but also inside of the US itself with what is called a militarized police force.

2. Institutional racism 

A decade or so after the second world war, the Europeans as former colonization forces, and the US as savior, heir to the iron throne and new leader of the free world, tried to tackle several issues in order to compete with the Soviet Union in an unprecedented race to militarization. One like humans have never seen before.

The UK and France maintained strong ties to their crown gems as they established commercial partnerships, sometimes restrictive, with the rulers of these countries; so they were able to sell and produce their cheap cars, and import labor (first unskilled and later extremely skilled).

With the blessing of the god Oil, the US started to look for anchors in the region too, and soon enough found strong allies and reliable dictators generally inherited from the French and the British.

They also succeeded to create a fog around the colonial period where what we can call now genocides and modern war crimes have occurred. People in their home lands suffered for decades.

Most importantly they brilliantly created and maintained two narratives: One, the eternal enemy of the Jews are the Arabs (and vice versa). Two, the former colonies deserve the dictatorships they have.

These two narratives are the fundamental corner stone of the world that witnessed the election of Donald J. Trump.

His election triggered a wave of obviously racist and xenophobic measures that uncovered the double standards applied. Black Americans are the very people who show us to what extent the rich countries base their modern societies on institutional racism. They pay the price with their lives, and Black Americans are very rightfully scared of the re-emergence of former white masters.

In the US we have seen the gathering of KKK and Nazi crowds, but we have also seen the lethargy of the police officers, and the support of the fascists by the president himself.

Uncovered antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and sexism in the ranks of the American people, the American police force, the the American political leaders and the American military forces.

“I think that racism is being aware that you are part of a structure and not doing anything about it.”

In Europe, the holocaust, or the last German pogrom, or the last European Jewish genocide left removable marks of guilt in the European people’s mind. The European Jews had Israel and could kill and segregate as many Palestinians as they wanted in the name of the perpetual Arab-Jewish rivalry.

The Jews that were to be killed in the first place in Europe are now being replaced by some people who actually look and are persecuted a lot like Jews in the 1930s, Muslims.

These same Muslims are escaping from their homes because of the corrupted rulers they have back in their countries.

Same rulers which were tolerated and most often supported by the UK, France and the US, as long as they could keep their people quiet and on leash. They did.

I witnessed such a dictatorship and I saw a ruler creating a cultural erosion to preserve his powers over two decades. Propaganda was injected in the minds of the youngest for more than that, so rulers could create obedient and non-critical citizen. The people in Tunisia woke up few years after it was discovered that the dictator’s son-in-law had a tiger in his palace, and after police became a state in the state.

The one unlucky to be born there and who can’t get a VISA, which is the sesame to a decent life in the free lands and a huge administrative wall, would have to find a boat to take him to Europe, or until recently to Syria.

Fairness and equal opportunities are very hard to quantify in our modern complex societies, but we still can find benchmarks.

Now if you think of the existent system as fair for all, just do one single operation. Compare the number of illegal people in Europe and in the US, and the number of illegal Europeans and Americans in the rest of the world. It’s many to zero. That’s not fair. That’s racism.

Using its superior power to limit the power of one people to practice its right of self-determination is a crime. If such decision is driven by economic and racist motives, it becomes a tragedy.

Racism is the plague that would destroy the Western world at the beginning of this century, like it nearly destroyed the German society in the previous century.

“Kein mensch ist illegal” is as important as “All men are born free”.

As contemporary thinkers, we might have to seriously think of a world where national borders are considered as obsolete as dangerous.

We have inclusive alternatives to build new human systems keeping in mind that as long as long inequalities in-between “countries” would exist, weapons would be still remain necessary.

The previous generations fucked us up, and we have to truly understand how to treat the real illness. Money in this case isn’t the illness, nor the treatment, it is however as abundant as it has never been before.

Money has to be redesigned as fuel, rather than as a commodity.

3. Third-World Countrism

If you feed trolls, someone will feed your trolls back.


I mean it.


At more than a single occasion we have seen the American president behaving in a manner that was not only familiar, but also very characteristic of what people living in dictatorships can identify as their rulers.

The persona of the corrupt leader.

Donald J. Trump being a very bad actor, and more of an unhinged TV celebrity, he enacts the very extreme caricature of what a despotic leader might look like if he was leading the most powerful empire that planet Earth has ever seen. He can’t play indefinitely the role of the serious politician because he is not trained as a professional one. Acting Presidential is acting.

This is not a rare phenomena though, the one of having bad leaders taking advantage of easy-to-bend social contracts in many regions on the planet.

Outside of the democratic rich world, very few people successfully implemented democratic organizations among their states. Fewer than one could expect.

Most often the totalitarian regimes were known to have close ties to foreign powers, which meddled into elections, or simply replaced one leader by another overnight, or supported repressive efforts by providing weapons and tactical gear for police forces. Please forgive me if I can’t attach links, but it is very easy to google any of these topics and go just a bit out of the newspapers.

The real issue has never been about races, but rather about finding a way to peacefully interact between and among different populations. This proved to be hard over human history because we are intrinsically different, and the barriers for this Utopian world are still high, but likely reachable.

After all, we all do speak English.

It has never been about elections or short term interest. We must build tools for the ones after us, so they accelerate the process we are starting today.

Social cohesion can scale up in a friction-less world.

We must care, until no one would care about becoming to ruling leader.

We have internet. We are internet.

That’s it all folks!!

Before closing this post, I would like to point to this entertaining article: DONALD TRUMP’S LONG, STRANGE RELATIONSHIP WITH MMA



Cyberspace أ دكلاريشون أف ذي انديبندنس أف

إلى حكومات القوات الصناعية, حكومات العالم العربي الظالمة, و حكومة تونس الفاشلة, يا عمالقة الأجساد والحديد, انا جيتكم مل cyberspace, دار الفكر الجديدة.  في حق المستقبل, نطلبو منكم ناس الماضي بش تخلونا على رواحنا. مكمش موضع ترحيب بنتنا. معندكمش سلطة فن نحن نتقابلو.

معناش حكومة منتخبة, و مش بش تولي عندنا حكومة, هاذاك علش نخاطبكم بكل ما تمتلك الحرية من سلطة. نعلن إستقلال الفضاء الاجتماعي العالمي إلي نبنيو فيه بش يكون حر بطبعه من الضلمات و الاستبداد إلي تحبو تسلطوهم علينا.  معندكم حتى سلطة أخلاقية بش تحكموا فينا, و ما عندكم حتى طريقة تطبيقية تخوفنا جدياً بش تلزموا علينا أوامركم.

الحكومات تستمد نفوذها المجرد من موافقة المحكومين. ما طلبتوش و مكمش بش تاخذوا رضوخنا و موافقتنا. مستدعيناكمش. ما تعرفوناش, و ما تعرفوش عالمنا. Cyberspace ما يتطابقش مع حدودكم. ما تخموش بش تبنيو كيفو على شكل مشروع بناء عام. ما تنجموش. هو فعل الطبيعة, كائن يكبر باستقلالية  من خلال أدوارنا و اعمالنا الجماعية.

ما شاركتوش في محادثتنا العظمى و الجامعة, كما ما خلقتوش ثروة سوقنا. ما تعرفوش ثقافتنا, أخلاقنا و تربيتنا,معاملاتنا إلي تنظم مجتمعاتنا أكثر من أي نظام تجيبوه بتلزيم أوامركم.

تدعيو إلي عندنا مشاكل لازم نحلوها. تستعملو هل إتدعا بش تحتلوا مناطقنا. برشة مل مشاكل هذي مش موجودة. وقتلي فما خلافات جدية, وقتلي فما أخطاء, نحددوهم, نستعرفو بيهم و نفضوهم بالطرق الخاصة بنا. متواصلين في بناء عقدنا الإجتماعي الجديد. إطار حوكمتنا بش ينشأ في إطار ضروف عالمنا, مش عالمكم. عالمنا مختلف.

Cyberspace يتمثل في معاملاتنا, علاقاتنا, منظمة كلموجة المتواصلة في شبكات اتصالاتنا. عالمنا هو عالم موجود في كل بلاصة و ما هوش موجود في حتى بلاصة, مش متواجد فين أجساد الناس تعيش.

متواصلين في خلق عالم الكل ينجمو يساهموا فيه من غير سابق امتيازات ولا سابق إعتبار للسلالة, للقوة الإقتصادية, للقوة العسكرية أو موقع الولادة.

متواصلين في بناء عالم أي واحد من أي بلاصة ينجم يعبر فيه عن اعتقاداتو, مهما كانت فرديتو, من غير تخوف من إكراهه على الصمت أو المطابقة.

مفهومكم القانوني للملكية, للتعبير, للهوية, للتنقل أو للمنظومة ما يتطابقش معانا. لكلها مبنية على العادات, و هوني مافماش عادات.

هويتنا مهاش مربوطة باجسادنا, و على خلافكم ما نسلطوش النظام بلاعتداء الجسدي. نأمنو إلي حوكمتنا تنبع عن أخلاقنا, عن فضالة مصلحتنا الشخصية, والمصلحة العامة. من الممكن هوياتنا تكون موجودة في برشة من نطاقتكم القانونية. القانون الوحيد إلي ثقافتنا التأسيسية تعترف به بشكل عام هو ال Golden rule. نطمحو بش نبنيو حلولنا الخاصة عل الأسس هذي. مناش بش نقبلو الحلول إلي تحبو تفرضوها.

في تونس, تنتهكوا في حريات الاتصال في مصلحةشركاتكم و حكامكم, تستنبطو قوانين تخالف دساتيركم و تشتمو بها أفكار إبن خلدون, خيرالدين باشا, فرحات حشاد و صالح بن يوسف. أفكارهم بش تتولد من جديد في كنفنا.

نتوما تخافوا من ولادكم, خاطر تولدو في عالم نتوما فيه تتسماو مهاجرين. من خوفكم تعطيو ثقة في بروقراطيتكم بش تنفذ السلطة الابوية, و تتجنبو بكل جبن مواجهة أنفسكم. في عالمنا أحاسيس و تعابير الإنسانية, من أذلها لاسماها, تكون جزء من كل إندماجي, حوار كلي متكون من bits. منفصلوش الهواء الخانق من الهواء إلي تدفعو جوانح.

في العالم الشمال إفريقي, في العالم العربي الشرقي, تواصلو محاولة حراسة فيروس الحرية بتوكيل حراس على حدود و في كنف ال cyberspace. حراستكم تنجم توقف العدوى لوقت قصير, أما مهاش بش تنجح في عالم تغطيه وسائل التعليم التي تحملها bits.

صناعة اعلامكم المتبالي بش تحاول تديم وجودها بطرح قوانين, في تونس و غيرها, بش تحد و تحاول تمتلك المعلومة في أنحاء بلدانكم. هذي القوانين بش تنظر للافكار كجريمة يتعاقب عليها مفكرها كاي مرتكب لجريمة جسدية. وإلا كسلعة, مهاش أنبل من قطعةحديد. في عالمنا ما ينتجه الفكر الإنساني يتوزع و يتكاثر بلا حدود و بلا نهاية و بلاش أي تكلفة. حركة الفكر الكوني مهاشش تتطلب موافقة حكامكم, طابع ادارتكم ولا تصنيع معاملكم.

إجرائتكم العدائية والإستعمارية تحطنا في نفس موقف عشاق الحرية إلي يحبو يتحملوا بانفسهم تقرير مصيرهم, ولي رفضو نفوذ السلط المنعزلة عن شعوبها والجاهلة بمصلحة العموم. يجب أن نعلن أن كياننا الافتراضي يكتسب مناعة لسلطتكم, و لو نواصل تطبيق قوانينكم على أجسادنا. بش ننشرو هذا الكيان في جميع أنحاء العالم بش متنجموش توقفوا و تقبضوا على افكارنا.

بش نخلقو حضارة الفكر في ل Cyberspace. نردوها أكثر إنسانية و عدل مل عالم إلي صنعتو حكوماتكم قبلنا.

باي nsb

برلين, ألمانيا

سبتمبر 1, 2017

Cyberspace هو عالم حر ،مستقل، ذات سيادة طبيعية. هذا النص لغته التونسية.

After reading “a declaration of independence of cyberspace” by John Perry Barlow, I saw many references that people from different horizons can identify to.

Cyberspace is safe world, and shall remain so to freely spread human ideas.  I have taken the freedoms to adapt the text to the context, without changing its core message and adding what hardships other cyberspace fellows might face.

I hope that my humble attempt to reflect the essence of the original text, and porting it to the Tunisian language, fulfills its role of fidelity to the original noble thought.

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don’t exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract. This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.

We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.

Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These dreams must now be born anew in us.

You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy and the United States, you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.

Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.

These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.

By John Perry Barlow

Davos, Switzerland
February 8, 1996

This a re-edition of an important document: Cyberspace independance

Controversy as a DNA

This blog post was supposed to be called Klay BBJ the prodigy, but it’s bigger than Klay BBJ and bigger than any single person. For that we should stand by the ones who stands against repression and support them.

Tunisia, a former Ben Ali dictatorship, is still under the grip of a resilient police system who is so powerful that politicians can’t oppose it. A state in the state.

In Tunisia Police is explicitly and directly censoring Klay BBJ particularly because he criticizes the practices and the burden that Police has become to the Tunisian people.

Klay BBJ is one of the very few powerful artists who stands against what he thinks is going wrong with his country, and spreads very effectively positive, productive and good ideas to the youth, his audience.

Tell Klay BBJ he is not alone. We stand by him, and we will stand against the people who do not allow him to show up and rap the shit out of them.

I have been watching some videos, and I am shocked by the liberties that Police in Tunisia is giving itself. Police has become this guardian of repressive values, and these values would stop anyone from basic freedoms. They will bully anyone who criticizes them.

Tunisian Police is boycotting the concerts where Klay BBJ is programmed, and through these practices racketing the shows producers, implicitly threatening them, which led to a massive censorship of the artist by these latter cowards.

The slogan of these cowards:” THE ONE WHO IS SCARED IS SAFE” or in other words (phonetic Tunisian) “Elli 5af Njé”.

They forgot that now Tunisians have internet, and they will use it again as a weapon against tyrannic practices.

We must be aware of the fact that this is very dangerous and threatening the whole integrity and safety of the country.

Klay BBJ being censored is bigger than the artist himself and bigger than us individually. He is the one who throws himself in the pit for us, and burns its flesh like Bouazizi did to his body.

For that Klay BBJ will talked about in history classes rather than being played on radio stations. A historical role, against an ephemeral success, he already has chosen his path, and he is right. We love him for that.

If Klay BBJ is stopped and impeached of doing what he is doing and what he is good at, we must see it as a big middle finger to the whole generation of young Tunisians who strive to create.

If you send a message to your people telling them that if you are successful at something, but we don’t like you, we will use our power unlawfully to beat you and hurt you physically, but also morally.

Police in Tunisia is a mafia-like organization serving its own interest despite the well-being of the people they are supposed to SERVE. They can do this, because they are covered by a political elite who is corrupted to the spine, and who has interest in keeping the repressive police apparatus on their side.

If youngsters in Tunisia have to fight the state to express themselves, they will. If politicians, businessmen and Police will stop us, we will crush them and use the tools to uncover them.

Klay BBJ is a rap prodigy who should not be stopped in his way of creativity. He is a voice and text heard and understood from Morocco to Irak and beyond, and if he is threatened we stand by him because he represents us.

We support the ones who have a message to share, even if we don’t like the message. The phenomenal talent of such a person must be protected and pushed upwards. not censored.


Version francaise:

Cette publication était censée s’appeler Klay BBJ le prodige, mais c’est plus grand que Klay BBJ et plus grand que n’importe lequel d’entre nous individuellement. Pour cela, nous devrions respecter ceux qui défendent la répression et il faut qu’on les soutienne.

La Tunisie, une ancienne dictature de Ben Ali, mais reste encore sous l’emprise d’un système policier résistant, qui est si puissant que la classe politique ne peut/veut opposer.

Un état dans l’état.

En Tunisie, la police censure explicitement et directement Klay BBJ, en particulier parce qu’il critique les pratiques et le fardeau que la police est devenue pour le peuple tunisien.

Klay BBJ est l’artiste le plus talentueux et puissant de sa génération parce qu’il s’oppose à à la visible malgérance et tyrannie des classes au pouvoir, et pointe du doigt ce qui ne va pas dans son pays. Il a le don de diffuser très efficacement des idées positives, productives et bonnes pour les jeunes, son public.

Dites à Klay BBJ qu’il n’est pas seul. Nous restons à ses cotés pour ce combat, et nous nous opposerons aux personnes qui ne lui permettent pas rapper leur race.

J’ai regardé ces vidéos, et je suis choqué par les libertés que la police se donne. La police est devenue ce gardien des valeurs répressives, et ces valeurs empêcheraient toute personne de profiter de ses libertés fondamentales. Les policiers agresseront tous ceux qui critiquent ouvertement leurs pratiques illégales et mafieuses.

La police tunisienne boycotte les concerts où Klay BBJ est programmé, et ce faisant envoie une message aux producteurs de spectacles. Les policiers menacent implicitement ces derniers ce qui a conduit à une censure massive de l’artiste. Ces producteurs sont d’une lacheté démesurable

Le slogan de ces lâches: “CALUI QUI A PEUR EST Sauf” ou en d’autres termes (Tunisien phonétique) “Elli 5af Njé”.

Ils ont oublié que les Tunisiens ont Internet, et ils l’utiliseront à nouveau comme une arme contre les pratiques tyranniques.

Nous devons être conscients du fait que c’est ENCORE très dangereux et ce fardeau menace l’intégrité et la sécurité de tout pays. Nous devons nous débarrasser des oppresseurs, ces parasites au sein de notre société.

La censure de Klay BBJ est plus grande que l’artiste lui-même, et est plus grande que nous individuellement.

C’est lui qui se jette dans la fosse pour nous, et brûle sa chair comme Bouazizi l’a fait dans son corps. Pour cela, Klay BBJ sera évoqué dans les cours d’histoire plutôt que d’être joué dans les stations de radio. Un rôle historique, contre un succès éphémère, il a déjà choisi son camp, et il a raison. Nous l’aimons pour cela.

Si Klay BBJ est arrêté et empêché de faire ce qu’il sait faire, si on lui bloque la route dans ce qu’il excelle, nous devons considérer cela comme un gros doigt d’honneur pour toute la génération de jeunes Tunisiens.

Si vous envoyez un message à votre jeunesse en leur disant que si vous réussissez quelque chose qui nous deplait nous utiliserons notre pouvoir, de manière illégale, pour vous battre et vous blesser physiquement, mais aussi moralement, La menace sera ressentie par toute une population. Nous y répondrons.

La police en Tunisie est une organisation mafieuse qui sert son intérêt malgré le bien-être des personnes qu’elles est censée SERVIR.

Ils peuvent le faire, parce qu’ils sont couverts par une élite politique qui est corrompue jusqu’à l’épine, et qui a intérêt à garder l’appareil répressif policier de son côté.

Si les jeunes en Tunisie doivent se battre pour s’exprimer, ils le feront. Si les politiciens, les hommes d’affaires et la police essaient de nous arrêter, nous les écraserons et utiliserons les outils adéquats pour les combattre.

Klay BBJ est un prodige de rap qui ne devrait pas empêché de créer. Il est une voix entendue du Maroc à l’Irak et au-delà, et s’il est menacé, nous le soutenons parce qu’il nous représente.

Nous soutenons ceux qui ont un message à partager, même si nous n’aimons pas le message. Le talent phénoménal d’une telle personne doit être protégé et poussé vers le haut. Pas censuré.

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Tataouine: phase 2 of a revolution

Today we have witnessed the peak of corruption in what was supposed to be a corruption-free country. Tunisians in Tataouine are being killed because they have claimed the right for a fair share of wealth, and are being murdered because they have stopped the production of an oil pipeline in the south.

They claim their fair share and are being muted when the government, and all its apparel, is actively pushing a bill which would allow all the most corrupted from the former regime to come back with no further judicial pursuits.

What is most astonishing about this story is that Tunisian rulers never confirmed, nor denied the very existence of the oil production in this remote region of Tunisia. Southern Tunisian citizens took upon themselves to investigate, strike, and finally, since few days, stopped the transit and the turned the pipes off.

The actual Tunisian president, a 80 something years old politician who has occupied a position of minister under the first dictatorship era of Bourguiba. Caid Sebsi openly and “friendly” reveals, during televised interviews, that he was an active part into organizing and setting up fake elections during his mandate, under the governance of Bourguiba.

In a country full of young people (with over 30% of the population under 30 years old), the president is a former surrogate of a former repressive regime which dates back to the 50s.

Few weeks ago, Caid Sebsi threatened the strikers in Kamour that he would send the military forces to stop the hungry people of Tatouine from slowing down the secretive oil production. The oil rigs are supposedly exploited by European companies who signed hidden from-the-public contracts since the independence of Tunisia in 1956. The role of the rulers in Tunisia is to keep this production secret, and to defend the interest of the oil companies, against the interest of the people living in that region.

Tataouine is one of these regions in Tunisia where the poverty and unemployment reaches peaks since decades already. As shady as this story seems, Caid Sebsi has been democratically elected by the Tunisian people in one of the most symbolic elections in the history of this small country. He won over the conservative Islamic party, which has not presented candidates, but rather put Moncef Marzouki as placeholder.

It turned out that the party of Caid Sebsi was the very clone of the former RCD which was led by the former dictator Ben Ali, now exiled in Saudi Arabia.

Back to the strikers in Tataouine, one of the protesters was shot today (May 22nd) by police. Caid Sebsi, did not reform not remove the extensive police state that Ben Ali has put in place during his 27 years of reign.

Nidaa Tounes, the party of Caid Sebsi rather enforced the role of police, gave them a free pass to molest and humiliate Tunisian citizen, and used the terrorist threat as a motive to mute any anti-police critics. This gave the cartel of Tunisian politicians a free pass for corruption, since that is all they can do for their country. 

Instead of proposing a coherent plan to reboot the country after a painful Arab Spring, Tunisians saw the number of police force increase by several folds, in addition to hundreds of surveillance cameras to monitor the city of Tunis. Tunisians saw the surge of an overly equipped police force (In Tunisia police has drones, new cars, new gear and new weapons, offered generously by Turkey and France).

In addition to this “mis-management”, the very party of Nidaa was preyed from the inside by the old school businessmen, ministers, directors and other figures who have ruined the country under Ben Ali, and enriched themselves under and after the Ben Ali regime.

Tunisia is a very visual study case of astonishing unequal wealth distribution where most of the people saw their purchase power declining by over 40%.

The economic indicators are nothing but catastrophic, with no clear plan of growth nor reform. If you walk in the streets of Tunis, you can easily see that the few have the most in a very provocative way. The most corrupt not only show pleasantly their wealth when the majority of the citizen saw their public schools defunded, their hospitals unequipped, and infrastructure deteriorating. This vision is accompanied by an active policy of massive pollution.

Tunisians once again lose their sons who fight for an equal share of dignity, over the rulers who use the same old tactics for the old same purpose. At the age of internet, and with less censorship, old maneuvers might not work as they used to work before, and we are on the verge of seeing the brave Tunisian youth deploying the phase 2 of the revolution, taking the disease from its roots.


After the revolution comes the shame

This blog post is written to witness the dark times in heaven. Tunisia. These lines are written for an absent audience. I also like dramatic tone when writing, but I will try to entertain you from to time to time when reading this very long  blog post.

It was meant to be a kind of “fuck you” open letter, but now it is more a “fuck you and we are coming after you” open letter.

I haven’t written about Tunisia since a while. Moving forward requires not looking behind, and most certainly not getting attached to the same flaws, in society in general, that stop anyone from moving forward.

I am back to the keyboard to highlight the hell that Tunisia has become. A man-made hell that is focusing its resources and infrastructure into alienating the very people that are supposed to build it again, the youth.

It is a fight like many other fights, so I choose to not disclose publicly my identity.

The idea behind using a pseudonymous is to preserve the integrity of the content (the message), even if the messenger gets to be silenced (not necessarily in a violent way). Anyone can come pick up where we left and build from there.

We, people on the internets, spread ideas what we think are right, and hope these ideas reach someone, a person or a crowd.

Ideas have no owners, and good ones must be free of access for everyone else on the internets.

I hope my humble contribution, as small as it is, would help to drive this mad world into a better future. Serious matters are not cheesy.

Most importantly. The purpose of the blog post is to rally Tunisians, whoever of them, with access to this thread, and invite them to contribute with their ideas, and share our ideas with them, have a common space to talk between like-minded people. We act on our circle of influence, and we can also create new ones.

I see being Tunisian as a responsibility rather than a source of pride.

I would love to to contribute to build a community of Tunisian thinkers. Savvy of their environment, and ready to take non violent action.

Tunisia is the common ground for each of us, with no distinction of social level, gender, sexual orientation, age, belief, skin color, origins, language or whatsoever.

Common ground does not mean that we are the best, on the contrary. A subjective and objective critical sense is tremendous, and ideas are good if they remove a stress or resolve a pain, somewhere for someone.

Our reality as active youth is exasperating. We Tunisians are bleeding our most skilled people, boosted by a systemic unfair disposition of state in our home country.

For our community, the more diverse we will be the best, since by exchanging different ideas we learn from each other. It is a series of personal achievements from which a group will benefit. We stand for each other, and we are excellent to each other. Because at this point we have no choice.

I still do not know if it’s a sad or a happy fate, but I don’t believe in Disney movies.

If you are interested, please keep updated by following and Tunisia Live and their twitter accounts. We do not lack of talent and creativity, but I do not know them all, but please take a look at Anarchnowa, The people behind this gem are doing an excellent job and are actively working hard to get these videos out.

There used to be Takriz as corner stone for the community. Now the community can be built on Gov_OP_TN or OP_TN thanks to the efforts of @kangoulya. Anyone can create an account or just keep updated about potential projects. If you want to contribute actively here are links for the FAQ and rules.

Now we are the civil society, when nobody from the civil society showed up or fought for us. We are taking our fundamental rights back. We are citizen with computers. Don’t fear us, but don’t bullshit us.

I took the initiative to start #OP7adhba so we gather like minded people in the same space on the OP_TN forum or on twitter. If you need to know more about IT security and care about privacy I would recommend you to take a look at Crypto party Tunis. If you feel that you want to be on the foreforont, you can find here a list of the local hackerspaces in Tunisia. Here is also the listing of the Djerba hackerspace. You can also create your own, hackerspace, nothing would stop you. And if somebody does, just drop a line on the

I decided to not list twitter accounts of people to follow, but the one which stands out is Douha, she is an active digital rights advocate, and Amira Yahyaoui, qu’on ne présente plus.

More privacy measures would require using exclusively encrypted channels. Signal for messaging, Algo or OpenVPN to encrypt your browsing traffic, GPG for emailing. I’m not a specialist, but I actively use exclusively at least all of these channels.

Ok, but what is really happening in Tunisia?

Exporting Jihad is the title that the New Yorker pins when their reporter writes a thorough piece about Tunisia. The subtitle can’t be anymore clear:

“The Arab Spring has given Tunisians the freedom to act on their unhappiness.”

In Tunisia in 2017, money, people and technology are on-purpose dedicated to making the life of millions impossible. As excuse they use the chimerical terrorist threat. If we have something to fight for, terrorists would never dare to screw our well-being.

We are talking of bat shit crazy decisions like setting up 1200 cameras in Tunis. With face recognition of course. That’s the proof that all of the institutions are now centered on the well being of the most privileged, despite the pain of the smashing poor majority.

Investing in thousands of surveillance cameras, when everything had to be built. Motherfuckers.

To be fully a citizen in Tunisia you would have to look rich, and spend a lot, like the only thing that can make you have some decency is money. Most Tunisians live in their very own country like second zone citizens, with less rights than if they were illegal elsewhere. In Europe for instance. Poor and right-less.

The state and the people who are taking decisions daily are responsible of this mess. The rest of us are, passively . Inaction is a form of action. Not acting is conceding.

The state is made of people and is not an independent creature. People can be held accountable. The state is individuals not a  Hydra. These people are to be held accountable for their mistakes, misbehavior and treachery. Corruption.

For now the opposite is happening and it’s the regular innocent citizen who is monitored so nobody dares to think. A vicious dictatorship is back.

Another fucked up example: 404lab, a symbol of what oppression of the many for the interest of the few takes all its sense, became a hackerspace in 2012… and now is wired with surveillance cameras. Motherfuckers.

Personally, the last time I was in Tunisia, I was literally stopped every single day for a random police check. This check is made on very arbitrary motives, so law enforcers, police, can’t be held accountable even in the case of abusive checks.

There are more of these stories, everyone has bags of them, but let’s ask the right questions.

How random is it when they target young healthy people in their 30s?

If you kill at birth any initiative in Tunisia, will the people fight back? Again?

Then how and why is all this shit going unnoticed?

Where are the watchers?

Whose country is it, politicians, police, the rich, or the people?

Who took so many bad decisions?

Why do we think that the poor like to complain about everything?

Since when somebody complains, strikes or fights -the state- for pleasure?

How fucked up can you be?

Why do we think that Tunisia is problem free, and set such low standards in accountability?

Are we blind, deaf, naive or all of them?

Under whose watch Tunisia became this trap for its own people?

Who let the technocrats become plutocrats, so they end up kleptocrats?

Why in Tunisia a minister is also a businessman and a lobbyist and has by far much more privileges and power than 99% of the people?

Since when you have to know Politician to do serious business?

Isn’t his a form of alienation so we witness our slow painful death?

Why in Tunisia, the poor is being shamed because he could not make it, in a system rigged by the same people that shame him?

Why am I afraid of going back to my own country, when in the US, France, UK, Netherlands, and even Germany people openly ask Muslims to get the fuck off of their fucking land?

Why did you abandon us?

We are the generation who only knew the disastrous VISA regime which alienated our whole youth.

VISA is an administrative tool that is used to restrict radically the freedom of movement of all the people in all the former colonies, except the skilled or the rich. It is a one way wall.

By applying VISA, rich countries shrink virtually the size of the planet for most of the people living on it. So their citizens are the only ones who can go freely wherever they please. But not the other way around.

The paradox is that these rich countries exploited the former colonies, and then shut the doors.

It’s unfair to leave us with the most crooked that you, Europeans, supported, then take our most skilled away from their home country. I’m talking to France, Germany and more…

We have the right to build our own countries back. We need our best men back, and also your best hopes. Fuck quarterly economic growth, we will be by your side on the long run, helpful and welcomeful.

Do trade, academic partnerships and joint social projects, and lawfully protect your partners. Don’t take advantage of a corrupt system, by contributing to it. Do not feed greed and injustice. Research your people and be demanding about ethics. If you don’t do ethics yourselves, we can do them for you, and lead the way in intercultural ethics.

Until then, humans will still be made illegals for crossing limits that do not naturally exist.

We are guilty of letting things behind in Tunisia. Eventually “someone” would come and pick things up, so things get better.

A pure egoistic fallacy, that I am also guilty of. Nobody likes guilt or responsibility for what’s bigger than us. But if we don’t feel guilt, we will keep running on an infinite wheel, like hamsters.

We need to empower ourselves to fight back. I do not plead for physical violence, not pleading so people get threatened in their own physical integrity. Violence opens a large way for criminals that we are not, and that’s what our enemies do.

We weaponize our minds with science and knowledge, so we become in something where you can not bullshit us anymore. If we die, our ideas won’t, if they are good.

Alternative schools of thought are available on the internets and all of the disciplines on earth are available for free. If you are into academic courses you can use Udemy and Coursera. Learning to code and understand computers might seem complicated at first, but machines end up being simpler than one might think. You can start with CodeAcademy or if you want to become a command line Ninja take a look at cmdchallenge. If you are into productive gaming, take a look at CTF challenges, and figure this out yourself. If you are into science videos I would just drop the gem that is. For those into economics, I would highly recommend to watch the talks of Noam Chomsky and Anat Admati, but also this comprehensive documentary.  Numerous links are available everywhere for politics, psychology, arts and music. Twitter is the tool and Edward Snowden is our safe bet, always.

We have unpredictable obstacles, back in Tunisia, from the worst kind. Corruption, racketing, blackmailing, and closed doors are what I discovered to be common practice in Tunisia, still. Some very serious white collar gangsta shit is happening right now in Tunisia.

We have to be strong with ethics to face this shit.

In 2017’s Tunisia anyone with some will to build or change would face some bad ass pressuring and bullying. It is not okay to bully when the victims are trying to actually solve things, and it will never be okay.

No need to make new heroes when enough have fallen. Enough of dead heroes, we want alive youth.

Change and greed might create fear. Fear of what is not known, and of generational takeover. If your sons are not qualified, someone else has to take over. These ones will take back their own space. You might call them crazy, or a threat, and you are right, some of them are both crazy and a threat.

If re-sharing the pie and fight to make it fair for the most is a threat, then indeed your grip will not last long.

I am fighting back, not because I like to throw myself into fire, but because I am required to do so. My age, my education and my responsibility towards our upcoming generations make me responsible by default. If i don’t succeed, somebody else will try harder, but at least we open the door as much as we can.

You motherfuckers don’t understand that our strength is transparency, our voice is internet and our weapon is science. It is not a revolution, it is a fucking tsunami of culture, discipline and expertise that we come with, so we break, gently, your crooked backs. I can send a list of books, so you can defend yourselves. Our references are listed above, and we announce our next moves, so it’s even more pleasant to see you drown in your own ignorance.

We are not here for the  money or the prestige. We are here so our children don’t have to run away from their father’s country because in 2017 nobody took a stand to the shit going on in Tunisia.

We graduated from the best troll schools, we have master’s degrees with Youtube videos, we speak qwerty, we decipher bullshit and catch the most regarded flags. Now you can fear us, but for the good reasons.

And do not get me wrong, we are coming for the money, because we will make money in Tunisia. We deserve the to strive and prosper in our own home countries, and you are standing in our way.

We do not love money, only the empty minds do, and too much of it made you fat, greedy and selfish.

We have people to invest in, brains, sun and good food, not fucking cameras. Enough to create a civilization, if not you.

When the whole world is a threat for us, we Muslim-looking North Africans, we will need a safe heaven. This safe heaven is Tunisia. And we will make it heaven for all, the poorest first.

And fuck Loi52, we are not here to fight for the right of getting high. It is like asking caring about the garden when the whole house is set on fire. We care about freedoms, and you know that you took them away, for your personal benefit.

I have encountered and lived with the kinds of Tunisians who lacked balls to take the stand. We don’t change the world until we wipe our own asses.

No names to be listed. We are not Police. But shame will be called, on the ones who did not care. (If you think it is a GoT reference you are very right).

Shame on the Tunisians:

Fuck Tunisian men. The Tunisian people failed because not enough men showed up and stood for something. Fuck you for not standing for something.

And the Tunisian women. Fuck the Tunisian women, since real women died. Fuck you, you are not all Kenza Fourati and fuck Kenza Fourati. Our women code and write and care and smile. Kenza Fourati never smiles. It gives her wrinkles.

Plus, where the fuck are you Tunisian women? What’s the Tunisian workforce without its women. Stop being girls and fuck your nail polish. Fuck your nail polish and get to fucking work.

Your voice will be heard if you fight to be heard, like all of us. No husband, father or brother will stand by you. Stand for yourselves and we will follow you. You know what’s better for our children. Please don’t get fooled with glitter. There is no pride in being the wife, daughter or sister of someone.

Be someone!

Shame on the Tunisian young and educated youth:

You the people who are supposed to read this blog post, if you ever read.

Fuck you for being eternal victims of your own fate. Fuck your education if you can’t put in question your very own environment. Non critical thinking is not education. Stop dreaming of a world you only see on screens, and stop dreaming at all. Shit doesn’t get done with dreams. Shit gets done by actually doing it.

Fuck you for not asking for your rights not even once. Cupcakes on Instagram will just make you alienated consumers when you have the tools to produce.

Do not be what you are told or supposed to be, be what you do and what you think. Do what you think, and think of it beforehand, without pissing off people.

Be loyal to a cause, do not give up on ethics, even if you don’t see them in your day-to-day life.  And please do not cede to the empty promises of lying religious people. They lie.

Ask for more from everyone, and take bullshit as an answer.

You only fight well for causes you yourself have shaped, with which you identify — and burn. René Char

Shame on the politicians:

Fuck yo… Wait. Politicians. Man.

You fucking idiots think you are born better because somebody put for your name in a box.

You motherfuckers are useless interchangeable persons who are put in charge to be held accountable. Not to hold the people you govern accountable for seeing your flaws. You mistakes will damage real lives, and your activity has to be closely monitored.

You motherfuckers led the country to a wall, and still think you are still in command of sunk ship.

Tunisian politicians, not only are known to be corrupted chronic liars, but they contribute actively into destroying any Tunisian potential which seems to go out of their control.

The lack of dignity and respect that every Tunisian feels dailym in Tunisia or outside of it, is the direct result of what Tunisian politicians decide on a day-to-day basis.

And all the Tunisian politicians must be held accountable against their responsibilities, and stripped off all the privileges inherited from the French colony era, and nothing less.

In Tunisia being a politician must become a task and not an honor, and nothing less.

Fuck the deepest reason of your own existence, we don’t need you. And fuck you in the name of every Tunisian alive and suffering, or dead, because of a lie that some coward politician said on TV.

I saw you begging for money and plainly lying in developed countries. You were begging for money and lying about providing more more rights to your own people, transparency and fairness to incredulous French, Germans and Americans. Begging and lying.

That’s a shame you have to be told to treat better your very own people. No pride in being a politician in Tunisia. It is actually shameful when you literally live in open air trash.

No side is good. We don’t want to have to choose between sides. We want to choose between good ideas, and you can’t even remotely generate a bad idea.

Shame on the police:

Fuck the POLICE!!!


It will never be enough to say it. FUCK THE POLICE!!!

Dogs of the state, brain washed humans that only reply to orders without thinking of the consequences they have, daily, on the populations they monitor.

It is is crazy to see how Police is the very same fluid that made dictatorships strive in Tunisia, and yet, nobody came first and asked Police gets fucking reformed from the ground up. “Circulez il n’y a rien à voir” is not an accepted excuse, and we will be demanding.

All of us felt that anger growing when our local Judge Dredds abused in one way or another our very basic freedoms.

Cut your bullshit about defending the country from scary terrorists when Tunisian Police is actively terrorizing everybody else. What do we call you if not institutional armed terrorists, whose sole job is to monitor ever move anyone makes out of a certain pattern.

Police, you are  just a bunch of individuals under the command of very corrupted people convincing you that if you lose grip on the young, poor and helpless, you will be hated and pursued.

You will be even more hated and pursued if you keep following these orders.

We don’t need you as security gatekeepers at the expense of our basic freedoms. We want to defend our own fate for ourselves by ourselves, because we know what we are doing, and it does not fit your masters’ very narrow minded agenda.

Tunisians are not born with the will of being governed by despotic people by default. We will master our future, and know what’s best for us, and you DO NOT belong there.


Shame on the judges, lawyers and all of the Tunisian judicial system:

Fuck your laws, you will never stop putting more of them, when less is needed. Micro managing citizens is a tool of dictators.

Fuck your laws, they are getting even harsher towards the more, so the few are more immune and richer. In the open.

Fuck your laws, made by the greedy for the greedy. Your whole apparatus is made so your masters are well fed.

Fuck your laws which do not apply to all. Tunisian tailor-made injustice, highly correlated to your income level.

Fuck you, you are supposed to be the guarantee of a fair state, but instead we ended up with a court of monkeys just capable of fetching bananas, thrown by your masters.

Shame on the religious:

Fuck you! Liars!

Religious are just LIARS convinced of their lies. They do not know what they are talking about. They have no guarantee, and do not manage guest-lists for heaven.

Fuck and fuck your supposedly correct lifestyle.

Fuck you, bunch of lying idiots idiots.

Fuck your conservatism and outdated values.

Fuck your fight for the after-life so you make us have shitty lives.

Fuck your Saudi Arabia, money worshippers and historically the biggest assholes in the whole region.

Fuck you Muslim clercs, Imams, preachers, writers brain washers, and whoever the fuck you are.

Fuck you!!!

Where were you when Trump banned Muslims from his land. Where are you when Muslims are being ridiculed in France and Holland. Where were you when a 1 million of Muslim flew their homes.

Ennahdha was first to support the election of Donald J Trump. It is like a 1930s Jewish party supported the election of Hitler. You dumb asses do not see that nazi shit is going on here.


Lying cowards!

Shame on the artists:

Fuck if you are a Tunisian artist. Whoever you are. Fuck your art.

Fuck your art which made you money slaves. Tunisian artists are so much greedy that they have the worst reputations in places like Paris and Berlin.

Surfing on the untimely Arab spring shit, they made us a marketing product for the white masses. To get little more money.

Cheap uncultured individuals who think that the world owes them much because they have been reading a book lately.

Fuck you art. And fuck your cheap souls.

I piss on you individually. Twice if necessary.

Shame on the French:

Fuck France and its army of surrogates leading the country to ruins since the colonization. Fuck your life style and fuck your trade, your codes and your very narrow mind.

Fuck the Tunisians who worship the French. Fuck the Franco-Tunisians harder than anyone else. There is more of you than needed, and our best wishes to not burn in Le Pen’s hell.

Fuck the French and fuck the vision-lacking Franco-fake-businessmen.

Cowards with zero decency are the ones who still remain in France for any whatsoever reason. Shame should be their first thought when they accept to be publicly mistreated on a daily basis on French public TV.

By the way, if Marine Le Pen wins in France, I am telling the Arab people there that we will not come to save them. Too dangerous. Please have some decency and leave before they come after you with forks. They already did.

Shame on the academicians, researchers and scientists:

Where the fuck are you?

Shame on the media:

Fuck the media. A group of ignorant people talking of something they don’t know.

And Fuck Semi Fehri.

Shame the ones who left:

Fuck you and come back.

Respect to the rappers:

The only ones who stood for something in their day-to-day creative effort.

The most sensitive and truthful ones are indeed the ones who look like normal people with now pretension.

Big up to the people who keep make me believe that our youth is full of talent, and we name them: King Klay BBJ, Hamzaoui Med Amine, Phenix, Sanfara, GGA, Radi, Vipa & Massi, Katybon, Kafon, Medusa and Queen Nesrine… And even trill gang and Zomra.

You guys keep going. You are effectively changing things, by hammering out loud what all of the others feel. Many of you will be heard on radio stations, few will make their way in history classes.

What we are asking is simple: Freedoms, all of them, for all, now.

Fair justice and equal opportunities, for the poorest of us, will guarantee the continuity of these freedoms.

We want to replicate what we saw abroad, in our countries, so the ones who stay don’t feel trapped.

We bring high moral ground, taste, ethics and hope. Do not stand in our way.

Nafris welcome you

It is the beginning of the century and the world just woke up from a terrifying financial crisis which blew away entire economies.

Extreme populist right wings are taking over governments one by one, with the support of the forgotten middle class. Extreme left wings proved at-the-best pragmatic, at-the-worst too far fetched.

Revolutions took places and people rose against their repressive regimes. The latter ones lost foot with their people and got very fat.

The war refugees, the economic refugees, the minorities who look a bit exotic get, day-by-day, a bit more blamed by the locals, for a marasma that the new comers have nothing to with.

I could go on and on, but I fear that what I was describing was not 2017; but rather 1932 in Europe and elsewhere.

In my attempt to be a logical person, I try to not care much about unguided politics.

The one which runs on getting the biggest number of voters, in the shortest period of time, in any specific area. It tends to be extensively centralized and easily corruptible by lobbies and “affairistes”.

When democracy tends indefinitely, and with no limit, to plutocracy.

I care more about history, because it allows the ones who take it from a critical angle, to perceive patterns at best, to avoid mistakes at worst. What I understood from human history makes me nervous about these lines.

To further more the analogy with post WWI world, I would like to adventure myself in the racial analogies, and maybe try to get the best of what was done, and identify what was not done then.

After all, we have in our hands an incredible tool. Internet. Or internets.

Internet tends to act like a bridge between people. The globalization, that connected computers allow, makes the language barrier a slightly easier hurdle to pass by. Among many other technical improvements.

The question is as it is:

Would the Shoah have happened if there was internet at that time?

We will never know the answer, but let´s assume that we would like to avoid to know, and implement preventively the – then missing – bridges, that could have existed.

One would wonder why prevent such a thing from happening again, when the world agreed that such horrifying things are not acceptable.

My immediate answer would be: Why not?

My second answer would be that the human behavior is not a linear function that has predictable patterns.

Humanity It is not self-conscious in the existential sense.

In other words, we are capable of damaging the very environment around us, and then minimize through denial our impact once we totally screwed, sometimes irrevocably, the ecological balance. There is one, and we fucked it up, and we are still at the work.

Collecting weapons that can destroy their original holders, or self-destructive capabilities are also paradoxically, the privilege of the richest.

Fighting each other for strategic natural resources, trade, holy lands and warm winter escapades as colonies is still a thing. We can even start a war to make a corporation earn money these days.

Now despite all of these reasons, in the case of war, we all know that some of the things that might happen is that we decide to eliminate a whole population on the basis of the color of their hair, their ethnicity, religion or all of them.

I would like to maybe plead that this population is NOT responsible for the financial crisis, the war in their own home countries, or the bombs they themselves suffer from. Let´s drink to another one, the WAR on drugs (a.k.a the WAR on plants).

As long as wars can be declared, Shoah can happen again. In my opinion. The victim might be anyone who looks different from someone else, virtually.

Maybe this time it will be even more efficient. Without being cynical, ways of killing people efficiently have also improved continuously, since the 40s, of 19 hundred.

Political and war refugees. From the East seeking shelter from the ones who throw the bombs and buy the oil and the drugs.

Economical refugees coming from the South. The SOUTH. Who leaves the south? It´s not the far South. It is literally heaven two hours away by plane…

If not for a really good reason. Heaven looks like shit now. We are trapped in the an ideal post-colonial scenario, politically unsolvable.

By the way we are Nafris. We have a name now.

I don´t put blame on any of the parties. I am very biased but I enjoy having known the Germans and I will always do. The ones I know and knew at least.

Apparently I am a Nafri, and I think it doesn´t make me sad or happy, yet.

I take this word not as an insult, but as a responsibility.

You might not have known it, but North Africans hold close to their heart their association with Africa. Maybe more than with the middle East. TK link to salt of the mediterranean sea.

Afriqya was the first name that now-Tunisia has. Populations in Algeria, Morocco, Lybia and much more less in Tunisia, always refused to speak Arabic. Considered as the invader´s  language.

Nafri sounds like a bad word. It even has a word which rhymes in Tunisian. Zoufri rhymes with Nafri. Zoufri means Bad boy, or thug. Yeah.

Now to soften a bit our hearts let´s think back of our actual world. The cyber one. The one where we share our thoughts, without caring about the “where”. It is everywhere.

Practical example, a hard one:

We are living in a world where the whole people were formatted to believe that Arabs and Jews have always hated, killed, and despised each other. It is a fallacy. The jews who were living in North Africa always enjoyed it. Until they did not.

They stopped very soon after French colonizers came to North Africa, the English ones to the Middle East.  Africa was split.

Now that we know that we can find ways to easily connect people, why wouldn´t we, we the people of internet, actually do it?

My relationship with Berlin made me like electronic music analogies. But honestly, what would stop an Israeli and a Palestinian/Lebanese/Egyptian DJ  (pick one) to play Back to Back together. Weekly?

What is stopping that? Passports? Plus they all speak English.

On a larger scale. What politics could not do now is to regulate the unregulatable. And what politicians never can shut down is, Internet.

Nobody can really shut down a weekly virtual Middle Eastern B2Bs DJ set. Like nobody can shut down emails that see no borders.

It is incredible to know that getting to know the “other” is always two clicks away (on Google or Duck Duck Go) from ignorance.

In Germany, where lessons for Arabic language are full. Getting active about understanding the world around us. The Germanic culture is full of social and societal best practices. Easily reproducible and fast to implement.

On the opposite side of the table, German classes are also full. Everywhere in the world.

I am biased, but we are getting to what might be a trans-cultural Nash equilibrium.

To get back to our new brand, Nafris. I don´t blame the ones who started the name.

I also I do not blame my people. They are enduring what I can´t stand for few days. A whole society maintained hostage of corrupted rulers, shady deals, obvious corruptions, and continuous police control.

No wonder everybody wants to leave. For the good or the bad reasons. TK.

In a very volatile environment nobody looks around and oversees foreign misconducts. In a fucked up environment like the actual one, all kicks are allowed, everywhere.

In such mess, policy makers are overwhelmed. Reformers and builders will be people who understand computers. These are the ones who can build the bridges.

The ones who understood what went wrong in the previous century, and thought of a way to prevent it, through technology and science, might be the ones I would like to follow.

I blame these ones. And the rulers and the policy makers. In Tunisia I blame them for their absence. Or harmful passivity.

If these minds open up and start linking the dots, Internet would make sure the message comes securely and quickly. Everything starts with an email from someone to someone, I guess.

If you ever build a bridge, Tunisia is a gate. Even geographically it makes sense for most of the cases. I reckon my bias here.

Historically, Romans used this gate, Tunisia, to invade the African continent and stretch their empire. They destroyed Carthage, and renamed it Afriqya. The whole continent bears this name.

Culturally, Nafris if they come, they will bring warm stories and meals. Hip hop and folk music. A revolutionary spirit and some buried sadness. There is a reason why the jews from North Africa hold tight to their hearts the souvenir and idea of their old homelands. It is not speculation to say so.

If you ever decide to go, you will be well received. Nafris are a mix of Southern Italians with some French Savoir-vivre, who behave like Southern Spanish, and speak like Turkish. You know, Mediterraneans.

Maybe one day, I will take some time so summarize what is done beyond the sea. A la tourtistic brochure.

Meanwhile, Nafris welcome you.



Where we come from…

It is a story about the blue Mediterranean sea, sand beaches, politics and oppression.

People don’t know us. That’s the truth which came out of this dry-lips-mouth full of weed smoke.

We are from Tunisia, a small country in the center of, and surrounded by, the mediterranean sea.

It is sometimes difficult to remember who we are, as sometimes we don’t even know it in the first place.

As defined by the dictionary:

Tunisia is a French protectorate until 1956


My identity and maybe yours is defined by our history, immediate like the French colonization, or older, related to the Phenicians, arabs and Ottomans…even Vndals.

But it is not any of the kind histories where glorious warriors went to fight.

We have always been invaded, taken from someone’s empire to go to another’s colonies.

Our history is tied to the powerful of this world over the time…as perpetual losers.

Indeed, we are a country who never fought and where it is nice to chill. But only chill. This is from where we got our name from.

After centuries of coninuous external domination and peaceful surrender we are lost with no guide, no polarized world, no leaders to follow and a more and more threatening obscure force on the boarders.

Some people would be tempted to lead. I am.

But first let’s build our new chapter on strong basics; and recognize ourselves when we look at the mirror.

We are Tunisians, sons of the mediterranean sea, we speak arabic, French and some of us suceed in English and/or Italian. We are this mix.

We sepak Tunsi, the mix of these cultures. We are the mix of a cicilization’s clash.

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Hammam-Lif seen from the sky (uknown source)

We are Tunisians and we are sons of the mediterranean sea, likely related to Italians and Greek, Lebanese, Egyptians and Turks, by a bond that none can consider.

We are Tunisians, mediterraneans first of all, religious or not, believers or not, straight or not.

Christians and Muslims, Jewish, Pagans and atheistics lived peacefully in our land.

We cohabited in peace with herds of refugees from the west and herds of people from the east. Christians, jews and muslims cohabited in a place where everyone had a chance to rest, and many of them stayed.

It is not that peaceful anymore, but it is nice to know that we are a safe heaven when other continents tribes were slaughtering each other.

We remain sons of the little parcel of earth where we took shleter from our beloved-hated-green-polluted-once-uopn-a-time-transparent, mediterranean sea.

We are Jasmin, not the one that our invaders want to see in TV. No.

We are the Jasmin breeze, the tree climbing children, the chill “nessma” of summer and the flower for 300 millimes.

We are the ones who worship this lifestyle, the lifestyle of the free, because we know you can’t do better. Sea, Jasmin and chill.

We are the children of the regimes and powers who see us like commodities, which we are not.

Some say we are born on the wrong side of the narrow sea. I think they can not be more wrong.

We are the consequence of many things. Location, history, and power shifts.

But we remain all these things.

We eat couscous with fish, and couscous with camel. But also pasta. We are this variety.

We call the Tunisian a Tunisian.

The white is Tunisian, the black is Tunisian, the blonde is Tunisian, and all the others too. Don’t get me wrong, I have encountered a half Tunisian-Japanese.

We have set the world on fire, after a Tunisian first did.

We can go from an oppressive regime to a thriving country, we will do it first.

Tunisians are not lost, even though many are far from their home country. We will work and resist.

Our only direction to move is forward, and innovation will be our guide.

Tunisia, or Afriqiya, this small northern nose which gave its name to its mother Africa. We are Africans. It’s in our name, it’s in our genes.

Mixed africans from the mediterranean sea. It is poetic indeed.

Let’s be poets!

Poets scream: give us back our country!


People like us change the world.

Here we are. Once again. In-between two major crisis and depressed fellow citizens.

This is who we are and this where we belong. Tunisia.

We were born under a dictatorship. In a country with history and no civilization. We remain under dictatorships. Mental, financial and most of all personal.

We were pre-destined to follow, but our fate is to lead. We will be builders.

I am talking in my name, and and in the name of my generation. I took the right to speak and nobody can withdraw me this basic right.

After two major terrorist attacks, an economical decay and a social catastrophe, we can’t go any lower…

So we rise!

Tunisia in spheres (@noo.sab)


Tunisia. This heaven which became an open air hell. Our land. And they will want to take it from us.


We are the “Young”.

Born between 1980 and 1990.

We know what’s “political stability” and we remember these simple things that link our parents’ nostalgia to our children’s unstable country.

I don’t believe in another collective people’s uprisal.

I believe in individual achievements… For a better collective well-being.


Because we were not given the choice. It’s an obligation.

Our fate is to succeed where our older siblings failed.

We are meant to be leaders. Obliged.


We were trained to treat each other as poor minded people do. Rejection and denial of equal rights.

I think it’s the worst way to build a society.

We should lead as young managers and visionnaires.

We can’t follow the path of these old bureaucrats. We are not allowed to fail in social equality.

We can’t afford social inequality.


The future is now!

Changing the world may start with a tweet.

At the west of the park


At the corner of this park was hiding this little tiny building, quite pleasant and unpretentious.

I discovered this place by chance.

I was bored and I was looking for something to do during the week.

I recall the first impression I had when I saw this building. Fascination.

It was in the west of the park.

In got in there once. Inside there was this pretty secretary.

Furniture, smiles and small talk. She was cute. She pointed to the Alpha room.

I went to that room.

I knocked at the door which was ajar.

There I perceived this man.

He was alone, right in the center of this big and almost empty room. He was neutral.

I had never seen this, a neutral man.

I have not been afraid. I should have been.

In the center of the room sat the man. Straight in his chair., Pressing a button.

It was a button. A single button in the center of the table.

This man was told he must press it once every 7 seconds. A single push every 7 seconds. He had the rhythm in the skin and no longer needed a stopwatch.

7 seconds.

This single action made him neutral.

Incredulous, I looked at him for a while. I sensed pity for him, but also a lot of misunderstanding.

The next day I came back to see him. I had nothing and it kind of entertained me.

The next day nothing had changed, just his clothes. The same chair, the same office.

7 seconds.

Two days later I came back too, because it intrigued me. Always the same 7 seconds. I never asked why.

I went there everyday except weekends. To see this man.

I have finally found a button of my own, and sat next to him.

7 seconds.

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