“The destiny of the country now seems to depend largely on negotiations between an international oligarchy and the national plutocracy. A recent Washington Post op-ed shows this dynamic at work. The “partnership” between Tunisia and the U.S. proposed by the authors relies exclusively on high-level dialogue and top-down directives. One of the authors chairs the US-funded Tunisian American Enterprise Fund (TAEF), which manages the very investment money that he argues should be increased. Never mind that a US Government Accountability Office report found TAEF lacked “vetting requirements designed to prevent illicit use of the fund”—it appears that popular sovereignty is just a nuisance when business is at stake. Rather than a partnership between peoples, supposedly well-intentioned international actors are merely proposing a new way of linking business elites across national boundaries.”

Read: In Defence of Tunisia’s Democratic Sovereignty