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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 10)

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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 Tuesday night of every week]


Algeria's Sonatrach in Talks to Begin Offshore Drilling-Source
Falling crude prices pressure Sonatrach to develop other areas for growth, such as offshore drilling and gas projects.

Algeria: Don't Prosecute a Writer for Insulting Islam The Human Rights Watch calls on the Algerian government to drop its criminal investigation on a writer, whom they have accused of blasphemy, and to abolish blasphemy laws.

الجزائر تتجه لإطلاق سندات محلية بدون فوائد Algeria plans interest free local bond to offset losses in energy income.

الجزائر تمنع الأئمة من "إقحام" المساجد في الانتخابات والتعبير عن الآراء السياسية Algeria prohibits imams from involving mosques in the elections and expressing political opinions.

Algérie : panique liée à la dernière campagne de vaccination  After last year’s failed vaccination campaign, people were reluctant to receive their annual vaccine.

Algérie : les conditions de vie difficiles des migrants subsahariens A short exposé on the difficult lives of Sub-Saharan African migrants in Algiers.


A Deadly Journey for Children UNICEF’s February 2017 child alert reveals the dangers that face children in the network of streams that form the the Central Mediterranean Migration route. The deadliest part of the route is from Libya’s southern desert to its coast and onwards to Italy.

Libya After ISIS Senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, Frederic Wehrey, urges the new administration to push for a political settlement to the Libyan conflict.

الإعلان عن مبادرة لإرساء السلام في ليبيا Former Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Awad al-Baraasi, announced an initiative to establish peace in Libya. It aims to end the conflict by impelling the opposing parties to come together to discuss historical and contemporary issues of difference.

سويسرا: خبيران عسكريان سيقومان بتقديم الدعم بعمليات نزع الألغام في ليبيا Two Swiss army members will support the United Nations Support Mission in Libya preparations for humanitarian demining in Libya.

IFT : festival « Pour la Libye / من أجل ليبيا » In Tunisia and Libya, a festival has been organized with the support of the Arab World Institute, to celebrate Libyan culture in an effort to raise hope.

Libye : une vingtaine de migrants tués par des passeurs After refusing to embark on a boat headed for Europe, due to bad weather, migrants were shot by smugglers.


ECA, Mauritania Strengthen National Data Collection for Better Statistics The Economic Commission for Africa launched a technical assistance mission in Mauritania to improve data on socio-economic indicators.

برلمان موريتانيا يبحث إلغاء مجلس الشيوخ The Mauritanian National Assembly began an emergency session dedicated to revise the 1991 constitution.

ما الذي يميز المرأة في موريتانيا عن مجتمعات عربية أخرى؟ Maimouna Taghi, the Minister of Social Affairs, Children and Family, says that Mauritanian society accepts the presence of women and their participation in different fields.

Wife-beating a source of pride for some women in Mauritania For some of the women of Suninké and Fulani descents, domestic abuse is considered a show of love despite its illegal status in Mauritania.

Célébration en Mauritanie de la Journée internationale de la femme In Mauritania, celebrations for the occasion of International Women’s Day revolved around the theme of reproductive health.

Mauritanie: Pourquoi une troisième réforme constitutionnelle ? The Mauritanian parliament has decided to change the constitution for the third time, but the people’s demands have yet to be addressed by these reforms.


Morocco's February 20 movement: 'Demands still alive' Protesters took to the streets on February 20 to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprisings that led to the adoption of a new constitution and the formation of an Islamist led government. Today, Moroccans are still waiting for the the formation of a coalition government after the recent parliamentary elections and continue to demonstrate against corruption and socioeconomic disparities.

Vidéo : Une première au Maroc, le tribunal de Tanger reconnait une paternité hors mariage For the first time in Morocco’s judicial history, a court ordered genetic testing to prove paternity outside of marriage.

Aïcha Ech-Chenna recommande l’éducation sexuelle The prominent women’s health activist Aicha Ech-Chenna advocated a sexual education program for youth following the 12th Amazigh Culture festival, where the Fes-Saiss association recognized her work to support single mothers and their children.

إلياس العماري وعمدة روتردام تادرس الحلول الممكنة باش يحميو الحقوق الانسانية ديال المهاجرين Ilyas El Omari, general secretary of the Authenticity and Modernity party welcomed the mayor of of Rotterdam at the party headquarters to strengthen relations between the two countries and increase coordination concerning illegal migration.

فرنسا ترحب بانسحاب المغرب من منطقة الكركرات France welcomes Morocco’s withdrawal from Al Guergarat region.

Une militante de la lutte contre le Sida arrêtée pour avoir... distribué des préservatifs An HIV/AIDS  awareness and prevention activist was recently arrested for distributing contraceptives.


هذه أسباب تغول السلع التركية في تونس This article speculates on the causes of Tunisia’s large trade deficit with Turkey.

تونس.. من بورقيبة لما بعد الثورة Tunisians celebrated six years after the revolution that brought an end to dictatorial rule and ushered in a new democratic government. Between the years of Bourguiba and Ben Ali, the country saw many human rights violations, which can now be publicly addressed through the Truth and Dignity Commission, a body created by Tunisia’s transitional justice law.

Tunisia and Germany strike fresh migrant deal in wake of market attack Germany agrees to provide funds and job training to strengthen and accelerate Tunisia’s repatriation of rejected asylum seekers.

Video: Tunisian rights groups offer solace to victims of violence against women The Women’s Democratic Association has turned an abandoned building in Tunis into a temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Tunisie : Les magistrats, de nouveau en grève Tunisia’s magistrates have recently gone on strike once again, in protest of their dissatisfying salaries.

Tunisie - Huit femmes et un projet: Jaou! Eight Tunisian women, each with different backgrounds and ideas, have come together to create a project they deem artistic activism.

Western Sahara

All Western Sahara wants is freedom from Moroccan occupation Pambazuka News interviews a Saharawi journalist and translator and a member of Saharawi Natural Resource Watch about the struggle for freedom in the Western Sahara and the role of the international community.

الصحراء الغربية...لاجئون نسيهم العالم BBC Arabic features a short video on the refugee crisis created by the ongoing conflict in the Western Sahara.

رئيس الجمهورية وأعضاء الحكومة يقفون دقيقة صمت ترحما على روح الشهيد محمد عبد العزيز The president of the Saharawi Democratic Republic and members of the government stand in a moment of silence to honor the life of Mohamed Abdelaziz, the first president of the Saharawi Republic until his death in May 2016.

Sáhara Occidental conmemora sus 41 años de "lucha y resistencia" Sahrawis celebrate fourty-one years of resistance to the Moroccan occupation.

Près de 500 participants à la 17e édition du marathon du Sahara Occidental More than five hundred athletes will take part in the seventeenth edition of the Western Sahara Marathon.

Morocco spends millions of dollars to recruit mercenaries to defend its colonial thesis Classified documents published by a hacker known as Chris Coleman reveal intricate and expensive pro-occupation propaganda schemes by the Moroccan government.


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