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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 10)

[Image of a view in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia. Image by Adam Tas/Flickr] [Image of a view in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia. Image by Adam Tas/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 Tuesday night of every week]


« Dans ma tête un rond-point » : filmer les ouvriers des abattoirs d’Alger Nathan Letore discusses a recent film about Algerian slaughterhouses.

Algeria reinstates term limit and recognises Berber language Algeria signed several constitutional amendments, including reinstating presidential term limits.

From journalists to generals, Algeria cracks down on dissent  Adlène Meddi covers political dissent and freedom of the press in Algeria for the Middle East Eye.

FLSmidth receives large cement order in Algeria FLSmidth is increasing its construction operations in Algeria, with a new plant project planned for construction in El Beida.


West 'can't fight Isis in Libya without a unity government' “Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya has become a threat to all of Europe and western military intervention may now be required, but only so long as the Libyans can first form a coherent national government, Sir Peter Ricketts, David Cameron’s former national security adviser, has warned.”

WE MUSTN’T ABANDON TWO TUNISIAN JOURNALISTS MISSING IN LIBYA! Reporters Without Borders calls to keep on the search for the Tunisian journalists missing in Libya.

وزارة الدفاع عقدة حكومة ليبيا وثقة البرلمان Al Arabiya news segment on the recent talk developments in Skhirat.


ما لَم يُقل "الحلقة التجريبية الأولى" A new online series covering controversial political topics issued its first experimental issue discussing the future of the presidency and a recent drug-ring bust.

Mauritania Islamist hunger strikers 'risking death': statement The Daily Mail covers recent hunger strikes staged by Salafi prisoners protesting unfair treatment after the escape of a high-profile terrorist from jail.

Mauritania moves to stop overfishing “Mauritania launched a new Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) on Wednesday to work towards tackling unregulated fishing practices.”

موريتانيا: اعتقال شبكة لتهريب المخدرات يقودها ابنان لرئيس سابق Mauritania’s largest drug bust uncovered 1.5 tons of drugs as well as the arrest of at least eleven drug traffickers.


What did Morocco export in 2014? The Atlas of Economic Complexity graph on Moroccan exports in 2014.

Fnaïre - Chayeb (Exclusive Music Video) I (فناير - الشايب (فيديو كليب حصري Moroccan band Fnaïre’s new video clip addressing underage marriage.

Rabat-« Esprit des lieux » : I – Une cité paradoxe Abdejlil Lahjomri’s chronicle on the essence of Rabat.

Morocco: Declining Tolerance for Dissent Review of Human Right Watch’s World Report 2016 on the decline of tolerance for activism in Morocco and Western Sahara amid legislative amendments.

Will regionalization help democratization in Morocco? The Brookings Institute publishes a blog entry on the pros and cons of the much debated undergoing regionalization program in Morocco.


Takrouna : Ce magnifique village berbère oublié Photo essay on Takrouna, a remote and isolated berber village in Tunisia’s Sahel region.

Tunisia lifts nationwide curfew after unemployment unrest “Tunisia said on Thursday it is lifting a nationwide night-time curfew imposed last month following violent demonstrations against unemployment, the worst social unrest witnessed in the country since its 2011 revolution.”

Tunisia will not be Dragged into War in Libya Kamal Ben Younes questions Tunisia’s improbable military involvement in Libya.

France, États-Unis, Union européenne, pays du Golfe: Une pluie "d'aides financières" sur la Tunisie Huffington Post reviews the pledges of international aid offered to Tunisia and the reasons behind such financial involvement.

Western Sahara

Is the Western Sahara dispute nearing an end? Michael Rubin writes for the American Enterprise Institute on the Western Sahara dispute with Morocco.

Western Sahara: Severe Punishment Against Young Sahrawis By Moroccan Court “The Moroccan court in the occupied city of El Aaiun on Friday sentenced four unemployed young Saharawi to six months in prison and a fine of 1000 DH, according to Sahrawi judicial sources.”

Unemployed Saharawi Struggle Deepens in Western Sahara Comrade Hassanna writes on the struggle of unemployed Saharawi youth for In Defense of Marxism.

شيوعيو روسيا" يطالبون باستقلال الصحراء الغربية Russian communists have demanded the independence of the Western Sahara

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

Awled Amreeka? Heather Jendoubi reviews a Tunisian television series, examining its perception of gender and socioeconomic related issues in Tunisia.

The Impeccable Narrative Around Tunisian Workers' Syndicate Massimo Di Ricco deconstructs the rosy narrative around Tunisia's major labor union, delving into its historical role into today's political landscape.

« Les organisations policières se trouvent en position de force » entretien avec Emmanuel Blanchard Thomas Serres interviews historian Emmanuel Blanchard on the heightened security in France and the ramifications.

La question du patrimoine en Algérie Sidi Mohammed el Habib Benkoula writes on the measures being taken to preserve Algerian patrimony.

'All in World Bank': Manipulation in the Name of Deregulation The Tunisian Observatory of Economy publishes a report critical of the World Bank's report on Tunisia. Read the French version here.

Remembering Fatema Mernissi Zakia Salime reflects on the life and legacy of the late Fatema Mernissi.

1 اللااستثناء المغربي: حزب وجيش وقصر An Arabic translation of Jadaliyya co-editor, Samia Errazzouki's, overview of the history of state formation in Morocco. Read the second part here. (English version: Part 1 and Part 2)

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