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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 8)

[Assassinated Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Photo credit: Amine Ghrabi on Flickr] [Assassinated Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Photo credit: Amine Ghrabi on Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Thursday night of every week.] 


Algeria, Mali: another front in the “Global War on Terror”? Hamza Hamouchene analyzes the French intervention in Mali as a lens through which to critically examine the War on Terror.

What lies beneath: the stifling of regime resistance in Algeria and its consequences Zena Kalli describes pitalls of authoritarian stability in Algeria.

The President, The Establishment: The Only Winners Algeria Solidarity Campaign reports on confusion leading up to the Algerian presidential election.

Mali: il était une fois l’Algerian bashing. Baki 7our Mansour highlights New York Times’ articles which place unfair blame on Algeria for jihadist terrorist acts.


Libya: Slow Pace of Reforms Harms Rights Human Rights Watch reports on the need to establish stronger rule of law in Libya.

How international media get Libya wrong Nigel Ash reflects on the problems with hasty media reports focusing on a "volatile" Libyan situation

Opinion: Libya’s 2013 General Budget and Future Challenges Khaled Ali Elmariami raises concerns about the state of Libya’s proposed budget for 2013.

Libya vows to improve security Essam Mohamed investigates Libya’s security commitments.

محكمة الجنايات الدولة تطالب ليبيا بتسليم السنوسي The Hague demands that Libya turnover Abdullah Sanusi, intelligence chief under Gaddafi.


Mauritania press freedom tops Arab world Reporters without Borders gives Mauritania highest rating for freedom of the press in the region.

موريتانيا والجزائر تدعمان عملية فرنسية لتصفية ” أمراء الجهاد” Mauritania and Algeria cooperate to France in operatives to destroy jihadist strongholds.

Opposition mauritanienne: Nana Mint Cheikhna une femme en première ligne Jeune Afrique highlights the work of Nana Mint Cheikhna, leader in Mauritania’s opposition party, Rassemblement des Forces Démocratiques (RFD.)


“Morocco military trial of Sahrawi civilians flawed from the outset” says Amnesty International Amnesty International criticizes Morocco for disregard of human rights in trial of Gdeim Izik political prisoners.

“Signing of new EU- Morocco Fisheries agreement that includes occupied Western Sahara will be flagrant violation of international law” says Khaddad MINURSO Coordinator and Polisario Secretary General Mhamed Khadded highlights breaking of international law in Spain-Morocco fishing deal with bearing on Western Saharan waters.

Women in Morocco: political and religious power Meriem El Haitami describes the lackluster performance of the Moroccan government on women’s rights.


Assassinat de Chokri Belaid : Les photos d’une journée de deuil, qui a mal tourné Photos from a day of mourning in Tunisia after the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

La violence politique dans la Tunisie postrévolutionnaire : Vers où ? After the assassination of Chokri Belaid, Mohamed Arbi Nsiri asks what this political violence signals for the future of Tunisia.

Tunisie : Situation toujours tendue au lendemain de l’assassinat de Chokri Belaid Sena Sebouai describes the tense situation in Tunisia after Belaid’s assassination

Chokri Belaid slaying spurs Tunisia government change Mona Ghanmi outlines the Tunisian government’s response to Belaid’s assassination.

Tunisia: Murder Most Foul Yasmine Ryan’s Al Jazeera report exposes Belaid’s murder as part of a trend of political violence.

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

Remembering Chokri Belaid

Baki 7our Mansour on Algeria, Mali and social media

HRW Report on Repression and Reform in Morocco and Western Sahara

New Texts Out Now: Natalya Vince, Saintly Grandmothers: Youth Reception and Reinterpretation of the National Past in Contemporary Algeria

Tunisian Opposition Leader, Chokri Belaid, Assassinated

The Very Risky Bet of Hollande in Mali: The Probable Long-Term Disaster

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An Update from the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project

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Algeria, an Immense Bazaar: The Politics and Economic Consequences of Infitah

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