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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 8)

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[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] 


Algérie : 1er novembre 1954, retour sur la « Toussaint rouge » de l’indépendance Algeria celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of its war for independence this week.

Hostility along the Algeria-Morocco border? Not to worry, it’s just volleyball…3,700 participants have signed up for a cross-border volleyball match on 29 November to demand open borders and greater solidarity between the two countries.

Kamel Daoud, l’arc et la plume Algerian writer and renowned journalist Kamel Daoud was a finalist for the Goncourt prize for his novel Mersault-contre enquête.

In Algeria, Women’s Employment and Education Go Hand in Hand in Unexpected Ways Outside of Algeria’s urban areas, education is being used as a means to improve gender equality throughout the country’s diverse regions.

Ce qu’il faut retenir du cas burkinabé National newspaper El Watan compares Algeria with other countries throughout Africa to understand how and why Algeria remains opposed to protest and political transitions.  


Attacks on Youth and Civil Society in Libya Human rights activists and civil society groups have been targeted with violent attacks for the last several months.

Libye : plus de 30 morts dans des combats acharnés à Benghazi Violence between Islamist militias and pro-government forces led by Khalifa Haftar resulted in more than thirty deaths in Benghazi this week.

Libya Supreme Court invalidates elected parliament Supreme Court based in Fajr controlled Tripoli has invalidated Libya’s House of Representatives, located in Tobruk.


Slavery’s Last Stronghold CNN follows the life of a Mauritanian woman to understand the process of slavery and manumission in a country that has struggled with eliminating the practice.

El Ejército español se instruye en el duro desierto de Mauritania Spanish defense forces are taking part in training exercises with the Mauritanian military because of its strategic position in the security of the Sahel region.

Mauritanie, les faussaires du FMI University Professor Ely Mustapha critiques the International Monetary Fund and its condescending treatment of countries like Mauritania.


A Tit Mellil, la vie en maison de retraite Telquel sheds light on the difficult experiences of older Moroccans living in retirement homes. 

عاجل... عشرات الإصابات بعد تدخل قوات الأمن لتفريق وقفة لحركة 20 فبراير Police injure several activists during a 20 February Movement protest in Rabat.

جماعة العدل والإحسان تعلن دعمها للإضراب العام يوم 29 أكتوبر The most popular Islamist group in Morocco, the Justice and Charity party (al-Adl wal Ihsan), stated that they were taking part in the general strike on 29 October.

Moroccan intellectuals protest to demand the opening of the border with Algeria The Union of Moroccan Writers gathered at the Zouj Bghal border crossing between Morocco and Algeria to protest the several years of closed borders between the two countries.

Maroc : 83,7% de participation à la grève générale, selon les syndicats  Morocco’s labor unions described the 29 October nationwide general strike as successful, citing high participation rates across various labor sectors.

In Pictures: Imilchil marriage festival Al Jazeera English explore the eastern high Atlas Mountains, Amazigh culture, and the traditional Imilchil marriage festival.


Législatives 2014 : La journée du 26 en images Inkyfada’s photo gallery of Tunisia’s legislative elections provide a rare glimpse into the democratization process.

The Tunisian election result isn’t simply a victory for secularism over Islamism Understanding Tunisia’s political landscape means overcoming the secular-Islamic binary.

Tunisia’s small parties eye potential power Over twelve smaller political parties that won seats in Tunisia’s parliament are considering alliances with the two dominant parties, Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda.

برنار هنري ليفي يغادر التراب التونسي غدا اثر احتجاج شعبي  Tunisia expelled French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levi after his arrival caused widespread protests.

Western Sahara

Morocco's offshore oil dispute BBC explores Kosmos Energy plans for oil exploration and Western Sahara protests against the energy company and its violations of international law.

Saharawi Government Says Moroccan King's Speech "Explicit Rebellion" Against UN Charter and Resolutions The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic government criticizes King Mohammed VI’s  speech on the anniversary of the 1975 Green March as a violation of the international commitment to Saharawi self-determination.

Saharawi political prisoners speak out against Kosmos Energy Twenty-one Saharawi political prisoners appealed to church communities in Texas, asking them to denounce Kosmos Energy plans for oil exploration. 

Most recent articles from Jadaliyya’s Maghreb Page

Tunisia: The Victory of Secularism over Islamism? Youssef Ben Ismail argues that teleological understandings of history and triumphalist narratives of secularism’s victory over Islamism obscure the real dynamics at play in the Tunisian socio-political scene.

Qui sera l’Etat ? : Le soulèvement du Rif reconsidéré (1958-59) Nabil Mouline reexamines one of the most important and misunderstood events in Moroccan history, the Rif revolt of 1958-1959.

Radio France Internationale Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Samia Errazzouki on General Strike in Morocco Samia Errazzouki discusses Morocco’s nationwide strike that took place on October 29 in the context of Morocco’s long history with the International Monetary Fund and structural adjustment programs.

“Hamel, Leave!”: The Men in Blue and the Fracturing of the Order Thomas Serres examines the challenges to the Algerian system through the lens of the unprecedented police protests that took place last month in Algiers. 

Beyond Uncritical Optimism: The Challenges for Transitional Tunisia Stefano Maria Torelli addresses the socioeconomic and political challenges that Tunisia must confront to continue its democratic transition.

New Texts Out Now: Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam  Edmund Burke III speaks to Jadaliyya about his recently released text, which examines the role colonial French ethnography had on shaping knowledge production on Morocco. 

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