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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 20)

[A tannery worker in Fes, Morocco. Image by Pixabay/Google Images] [A tannery worker in Fes, Morocco. Image by Pixabay/Google Images]

[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]


Les classes sociales en Algérie. Au-delà de Bourdieu et Sayad René Gallissot reviews principal studies on Bourdieu and Sayad’s work in Algeria and the theoretical movement of social classes in the sociology of North Africa.

Forum international de l'énergie : 72 pays membres à Alger en septembre Seventy-two country members are planning to meet in Algiers for an international conference on energy in September.

أحمد دلباني يكتب: رسالة مفتوحة إلى صديقي أدونيس Ahmed Delbani writes an open letter to Adonis.

Return of Algerian ex-oil boss hints at revival of reforms Patrick Markey writes for Reuters on Chakib Khelil’s return to the country, and implications for corruption reforms.


Libya now has three governments, none of which can actually govern PRI on the underpinnings of the latest United Nations brokered peace talks to form a coalition government.

How fighters in Libya buy their weapons on Facebook Small Arms Survey and the Armament Research Services shows growing interest in arms sales over social media and online platforms in Libya.

KHALIFA HEFTAR: SYSTEMIC VIOLATIONS OF US AND INTERNATIONAL LAW? Op-ed on the “ramifications for Libya with the new revelations about ‘Libyan Government Officials’ and General Haftar, who is now the head of armed forces essentially in Libya.”


Heated debate in Mauritania over Abdel Aziz's third term bid: he ‘deserved a third, a fourth or even a fifth term’ says official Suggestions for president Aziz to extend the constitutional limit on presidential terms has raised political debate in the country.

In Mauritania, anti-slavery activists are turning to direct confrontation The Globe and Mail covers continued local struggles against slavery practices in the country.

Mauritania-Spain: Agreement to Protect, Boost Investments Mauritania and Spain signed a new agreement to increase security cooperation and promote mutual investment opportunities.


Abdellah Taïa : «Le problème de l'homophobie au Maroc n'est pas religieux mais politique» Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia discusses the political implications of homosexuality following the lynching of gay men in their apartment in Beni Mellal.

Sufism in Morocco ‘a powerful weapon’ against extremism Middle East online on Sufism as a shield from Islamic extremism

المغرب في قلب عاصفة “بنما”  Brief report on the mention of Moroccan businessmen in the Panama Papers scandal.

Maroc : l’école privée est « une source de ségrégation » Amid growing protests over privatization of education, United Nations and non-governmental bodies criticize the government’s lack of initiative in regulating the domain of education.

The Hypnotic Clamor of Morocco Adam Shatz writes on Paul Bowles and indigenous music.


How Tunisia’s Islamists Embraced Democracy Foreign Policy analysis of the democratic give and take between Ennahda and secular groups since the Revolution.

Tunisia Is Becoming MENA’s Next Startup Hub Booming startup scene in Tunisia focuses “finding ways to improve their society and fix endemic economic problems through innovation and creativity” as a counter-balance to the government’s inefficiency.

«أيام قرطاج الموسيقية» تعبق بعطور تونس Review of the Carthage Music Festival held 9-16 April 2016.

Tunisie : des chômeurs tentent d’entrer dans le siège du gouvernement, des blessés Clashes erupt in Tunis between the government and unemployed groups attempting to enter the Government House.

Western Sahara

Decades-old dispute separates Western Sahara families “Tens of thousands of Sahrawis live as refugees in the west of Algeria, while some of their relatives remained hundreds of kilometres away in Western Sahara.”

Western Sahara’s liberation hopes alive Correspondent Livingston Ruhere interviews the Western Saharan president Mohamed Abdelaziz.

Morocco rejects UN view of Western Sahara "misunderstanding" Morocco has rejected United Nations’ attempts to reestablish relationships after Morocco removed a large portion of the United Nations mission in the Western Sahara over the United Nations description of the territory as occupied. 

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

The Ouarzazate Solar Plant in Morocco: Triumphal 'Green' Capitalism and the Privatization of Nature Hamza Hamouchene writes on the environmental and political economic consequences of Morocco's recent energy projects, including the newly launched Noor solar power plant.

New Texts Out Now: Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt Jadaliyya interviews historian Joel Beinin on his new work examining the role of labor movements in the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Kamel Daoud: Sexual Demonization and the Secularist Select Mehammed Amadeus Mack engages in the debate surrounding recent columns written by Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud.

Libya: Military Intervention Would Only Strengthen the Islamic State Patrick Haimzadeh examines how further military intervention in Libya could potentiialy have adverse implications in strengthening the Islamic State.

The Dashed Hopes of the Tunisian Revolution: Complicity between Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda Khadija Mohsen-Finan writes on the recent political developments in Tunisia in light of the fifth year anniversary of the uprising.

New Texts Out Now: Mona Harb and Sami Atallah, Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World Jadaliyya interviews Mona Harb and Sami Atallah on their recently published book Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World. 

لم يعد في المدى متسع An installment from a special series on Libyan poetry. Read the three additional parts here,here, and here.

The Fantasies of Kamel Daoud A group of historians pen a response to journalist and writer Kamel Daoud over statements he has recently written concerning sexual violence.

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