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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 14)

[A man reads a newspaper in Rabat. Image by Iklil Bouhmouch] [A man reads a newspaper in Rabat. Image by Iklil Bouhmouch]

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Tuesday night of every week] 

Algeria

A classroom video has sparked a debate about language and identity in Algeria Algerian primary school teacher Sabah Boudras’ live-stream of herself preaching about the importance of Arabic to her young students has created a larger discussion concerning language, identity, and education.

Algeria: President Bouteflika Appoints Members of National Body of Prevention and Fight Against Corruption President Bouteflika applies Article 202 of the national constitution by forming a national body to tackle the issue of corruption.

Does Algeria Still Have Time To Turn It Around? Algeria develops a new development strategy in response to collapsing oil revenues, rising deficits, and growing demand for job creation in productive sectors.

La culture algérienne en exposition à l'université de Moscou Algerian students exhibit their culture at an open-doors event organized by a university in Moscow.

Le FMI relève ses prévisions de croissance pour l’Algérie The International Monetary Fund's statistical predictions and reports on the current state of the Algerian economy.

بشراكة مع "إيني" الإيطالية.. الجزائر تبني مركبًا لاستغلال الطاقة الشمسية  New strategic accord between Algeria and Italy to begin the construction of a solar plant before the end of 2016.

Libya

Rival faction in Libya captures vital oil ports General Khalifa Haftar’s leads his forces in an attack on five vital ports and facilities on the oil crescent.

Libya to resume oil exports from major ports The National Oil Company (NOC) plans to resume the exportation of oil may lead to disinflation.

Libya says 1,425 migrants turned back over two days Libyan patrols have stopped over a thousand migrants from crossing the Mediterranean in overcrowded rubber boats.

Military move on oil facilities creates new situation in Libya Forces led by General Haftar, opponent of the Government of National Accord, captured oil facilities in eastern Libya that control nearly ninety percent of Libya’s oil exports.

ليبيا تخطط للربط الكهربائي مع إيطاليا واليونان Steering Committee for the Libyan national electricity company announces a new electricity sharing partnership with Italy and Greece in order to reduce the electricity deficit facing the country.

تعرف على قصة حياة زوجة آخر ملوك ليبيا Youm7 traces back the life of Fatima Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi, wife of Libya’s last king.

Mauritania

Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina review – an album to put Mauritania on the musical map Noura Mint Seymali and her band combine rock, desert blues, and reggae with powerful lyrics in their new album, which has gained international popularity.

Biram Dah Abeid, la voix des esclaves modernes de Mauritanie After his release from prison, president of the Initiative pour la résurgence du mouvement abolitionniste, Biram Dah Abeid tours Africa in an effort to combat modern-day slavery

Mauritania Says Dismantled Terrorist Cell Had No ISIS Link Mauritanian authorities claim that the recently dismantled terrorist cell in Nouakchott is not related to the Islamic State.

Mauritanie: le gavage des jeunes filles, une pratique qui  a vécu The long-standing practice of overfeeding women for the sake of beauty slowly dies out in Mauritania.

Morocco

L’école marocaine classée dernière dans le monde arabe (rapport) A study of the quality of education around the world has classified Morocco as seventy-third out of seventy six countries

Morocco cannot continue its colonial occupation of Western Sahara whiles seeking membership of the African Union (SFG) As Morocco seeks to regain a place in the African Union after thirty-two years of absence, the Socialist Forum of Ghana stresses the importance of the Union’s anti-colonialist and anti-racist policy.

Morocco rejects nomination of Salafi preacher for parliamentary election The canidacy of Party of Justice and Development member Hammas Al-Kabbaj is rejected by Marrakech's governor on the basis of the preacher’s “anti-democratic and extremist views.”

Amazigh women take center stage at Boston film festival Boston’s Amazigh community celebrated the eighth annual Amazigh Film Festival, where two films showcased Amazigh women in music and weaving.

خفض إنتاج النفط ينذر باشتعال أسعار المحروقات في المغرب In Morocco, there is growing fear that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' decision to cut oil production will raise the price of fuel on the local market.

Maroc : une manifestation contre la réforme des retraites réprimée par les forces de l’ordre à Rabat Protests against pension reform to increase the age of retirement were met with violence in Rabat.

Tunisia

Une “crise de soif” menace la Tunisie With its empty dams and dry crops, Tunisia’s ecological crisis leads to social tensions.

Injustice in Tunisia can ignite a second explosion National classicism and corruption are likely to push Tunisia into a second uprising, Tunisians disadvantaged by the state’s nepotism and oppression are unhappy with the current situation.

ITFC, Tunisia sign $310 million deal to support energy sector International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation CEO and Tunisian minister of development sign a deal during the MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference.

Tunisia’s grand mufti makes unprecedented call On 26 September, Mufti Sheikh Othman Battikh calls for an end to social protests and sit-ins on account of the interruption of production caused by recent labor strikes.

Protesters blockade Tunisia phosphate mine, demand jobs After lengthy protests by the workers of a phosphate mine that hired 2,800 new workers, employees who lost their jobs blocked output in protest.

تونس تتوقع انتعاش الموسم السياحي في 2017 Tunisian minister of tourism predicts a positive growth in tourist activities in the countries for 2017.

Western Sahara

Africa: Legal Analysis of EU-Morocco Trade Deal Leaves Western Sahara in Limbo The Polisario protests the European Union-Morocco agreement, which allows European vessels to fish off the Western Saharan coast. Its resistance was officially disregarded considering the group is not the sole representative of the territory.

Sahara: Un briefing sur la situation à Gargarat prévu ce mois d’octobre au Conseil de sécurité The United Nations Security Council will hold a MINURSO meeting this October to address the situation in Guergarate.

Des femmes se mobilisent au Parlement européen pour soutenir la cause sahraouie Women gather to discuss resistance to Moroccan occupation of the Western Sahara in the “Women’s Conference for the Western Sahara’s Right to Resistance” in Brussels.

UN: 25 countries, including Algeria, to present draft resolution on Western Sahara A draft resolution on the Western Sahara has been presented to the United Nations' Special Political and Decolonization Committee.

Recent Jadaliyya articles on the Maghreb

New Texts Out Now: Jonathan Wyrtzen, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity An interview of Jonathan Wyrtzen, writer of Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity.

التراجيديا التي تحاصر مجالنا البصري Ahmed Jaride discusses the inspirations and themes of his abstract art.

الحركة النسائية في المغرب: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع Naima Benouakram discusses the feminist movement in Morocco in an interview by Fateh Azzam.

The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination? Aubrey Bloomfield and Sean Jacobs discuss the value of football in the Sahrawi struggle for independence.

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