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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 1)

[Image of geometric ceramic tile patterns in the mosque of Moulay Idriss in Morocco. Image by Dimitry B./Flickr] [Image of geometric ceramic tile patterns in the mosque of Moulay Idriss in Morocco. Image by Dimitry B./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]


يوم نالت الجزائر جائزة الأوسكار في السينما Boudaoud Amir writes for Nafha Mag on the Algerian film “Z” that won an Oscar in 1970.

Algeria Plans To Boost Oil Output By 30% Algeria plans to increase its oil production in hopes of recovering from lost revenue, with an ultimate goal of increasing energy production by thirty percent by 2020.

Boualem Sansal dérape et compare la Bataille d'Alger à l'attentat de Nice Huffpost Algerie reports on Algerian writer Boualem Sansal’s comparison of the attacks in Nice to attacks during the Algerian war for liberation.

Algerian parliament passes new investment law to improve business climate. Hamid Ould Ahmed writes for Reuters on a new investment law aimed at promoting foreign investment in Algeria’s energy sector.


Libya prime minister-designate urges unity for fractured country Libya’s Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj once again urges national unity in the face of deteriorating security situation.

The real reason the EU can't stop human smuggling from Libya Independent Libyan academic Mustafa Fetouri argues that the European Union mission will not be able to put an end to human smuggling on the Libya coasts as long as “there is no strong central government in Libya with effective coast guard forces capable of patrolling the country's 1,900 kilometers (1,180 miles) of ocean shoreline.”

Libya militia downs helicopter, killing 2 French troops French troops aboard a helicopter in Benghazi shot down by militias.


موريتانيا.. معتقلون بسبب المظاهرات يضربون عن الطعام  Seven detained political activists have entered a hunger strike after their arrest during demonstrations demanding the release of Sheikh Bai Ould Mohamed from jail.

The Ugly Canadian: Kinross Gold. Power Struggles in Mauritania. Workers Rights, Environmental Standards The Center for Research on Globalization writes on the recent politicized struggle between Canadian gold company Kinross and its employees in Mauritania.

Mauritania’s flooding challenge The BBC reports on infrastructure concerns in Mauritania and efforts to build roads with the upcoming Arab Summit set to be held in Nouakchott.

Mauritania: Nouakchott Denies Ransoming Senoussi Medafrica reports on the Mauritanian government’s denial of an alleged ransoming of the head of Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence services, arrested in Nouakchott in March 2012.

'The Sahel is on fire': The Malian refugee crisis the world forgot Middle East Eye reports on the 40,000 Malian refugees living in Mauritania.


Morocco asks to rejoin the African Union after 32 years Morocco seeks to make a return to the African Union after leaving thirty-two years ago over a rift on the recognition of the Western Sahara by member states.

Ifrane: Swiss-inspired chalets and trout tagine in Morocco’s mountains Brownbook photo-report of mountain town Ifrane, formerly known as Zaouiat Sidi Abdesalam.

Marouane Hajji interprétant le beau chant intitulé "Hawa Layla" New video clip remaking traditional Sufi song “Hawa Layla”.

Un documentaire anglais explore l’immense richesse musicale du Maroc English documentary “Morocco gateway to Africa” explores Morocco’s musical and cultural diversity.

"dégage"  "استقبال حكيمة الحيطي في طنجة بـ "إرحل Minister of Environment Hakima el Haite is booed in Tangier after controversial decision to buy and import chemical waste from Italy.


La dette, l’arme française de la conquête de la Tunisie Eric Toussaint writes on how financial debt let to the colonization of Tunisia by the French.

Cool Runnings: Tunisia’s first ever ice hockey team hopes to make history “Tunisia is set to compete in the first ever African Ice Hockey Cup in Casablanca later this month.”

Tunisie : signature de « l’accord de Carthage » en vue d’un gouvernement d’union nationale A new national unity agreement, initiative of President Caid Essebsi signed in the absence of the Prime Minister.

منصف المرزوقي - الرئيس التونسي السابق ورئيس حزب "حراك تونس الإدارة" France 24 anchor Aziza Nait Sibaha interviews former President Moncef Marzouki.

Western Sahara

Western Sahara clouds Morocco's return to African Union RFI reports on Morocco’s intention to rejoin the AU and the complications with AU recognition of the Western Sahara and the Polisario Front.

The ‘New Colonialism’: the case of Western Sahara Senior International Program Officer (Africa) at War on Want Tom Lebert writes on permits given to British companies by the Moroccan government to explore for oil and gas in the Western Sahara.

Western Sahara's Polisario Front elects leader Brahim Ghali was elected as president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Ghali led the movements first military movements against Spain in 1973, and previously served as the Polisario’s representative to Spain to its Ambassador in Algeria. 

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination? Aubrey Bloomfield and Sean Jacobs write about on how football may be a tool that Western Saharans can use to being greater attention to their cause and demand for self-determination.

A Brief History of Fortress Europe Hassan Ould Moctar traces the history of the concept of "Fortress Europe" and how current events of border control and migration in the European Union stem from a colonialist and imperialist past.

Can We Think in Transition? Reflections from Tunisia Jocelyne Dakhlia challenges the notion of transition in conceptualizing the ongoing changes in Tunisia from the beginning of the Arab Uprisings.

الحركة الاحتجاجية في المغرب Rachid Yamlouli outlines the history of protest movements and the culture of dissent in Morocco.

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