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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 20)

[Mauritanian opposition holds protest on 18 December to reject Mali war and demand the departure of President Aziz. Photo from] [Mauritanian opposition holds protest on 18 December to reject Mali war and demand the departure of President Aziz. Photo from]

[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 Wednesday night of every week.]


Algeria: Hollande Under Pressure Over France's Colonial Past On Algeria Visit Tony Cross discusses the tense political climate surrounding Hollande's current trip to Algeria.

Algerian Workers’ Party Official Denounces Fraud in Elections Mohammad Sharraq reports on the Algerian Worker's Party's conference, in which the secretary general made claims of forgery in the most recent municipal elections as well as previous elections.   

Algérie : 50 ans après, toujours des indigènes In light of Hollande's visit, Aghiles Aït-Larbi reflects on the Algeria's still  'undeveloped' state.

What we talk about when we talk about Arabic Nadia Ghanem discusses Arabic etymology, including the cross-sections between Derja and identity in Algeria.


The Mess We Left Behind in Libya Foreign Policy piece by Mary Fitzgerald and Umar Khan on Benghazi's enduring security issues.

Libya struggles to renounce violence Alice Fordham discusses unrestrained militia activity.

Opinion: Women’s rights in Libya – a positive viewpoint. Alaa Murabit discusses progress in the arena of women's rights,  challenging recent mainstream proclamations of its decline or plateau.

Libya declares martial law in southern region  Small Jurist report on the closure of Libya's border and enduring security issues.

Youth Employment in Libya: A Structural Solution is needed – PART 3/3 Abdul Raham Al-Ageli discusses youth employment in the context of the Feb 17 revolution.  


Mauritania Opposition Reaffirm Rejection of Mali Military Intervention Anita Hunt curates video and images of the 18 December rally and summarizes the opposition's statements.

Mauritanie : vivre et mourir en esclave El Watan interviews anti-slavery activists and freed slaves.

Mauritanie : Le défilé de “Touche pas à ma nationalité” dispersé par la police Ahmed Jadu reports on the forced dispersal of a "Ne touche pas à ma nationalité" protest on 28 November 2012.

أكجوجت : تعليق الناشط النقابي كريفيت علي نشرة MCM
Allegations of propaganda against an MCM publication. 


Félicitations au peuple gauchiste! Mohamed Hamza Hachlaf criticizes Morocco's ineffective and hackneyed leftist movement.

Politics after Abdessalam Yassine Allison McManus describes the nature and socio--political influence of Yasine's Al Adl Wal Ihsane opposition organization and predicts its sustained prominence.

Morocco Jails 8 Activists for ‘Illegal Protest’ Morocco jails Feb20 activists up to six months because of an "unauthorized demonstration" in September.

Moroccans Fear That Flickers of Democracy Are Fading New York Times piece on the "cosmetic changes" of the Benikrane government.

Morocco kicks sub-Saharan Africa migrants out Tamba Jean-Matthew reports on the mistreatment and eviction of over 100 migrants to the Moroccan-Mauritanian border.

الحراك الفبرايري في المغرب على قناة الجزيرة
Aljazeera article on the Feb20 movement as its 2 year anniversary approaches. 


On Tunisia's road to democracy, hope springs eternal Rory McCarthy argues Tunisia remains uninhibited by many of predicted the "islamist threats," and that despite serious economic issues, the nation is still on a progressive path.

L’État et ses devoirs dans la Tunisie postrévolutionnaire Mohamed Arbi Nsiri reflects on events in Siliana and the state's failure to institute economic reforms and promote development.  

Tunisia: Revolutionary decisions and actions, not parades and celebrations! Meriem Dhaouadi examines broken promise of the October elections.

Tunisie : anniversaire amer pour les victimes de la répression de la révolution On the second anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, Theirry Bresillion discusses the disillusionment of families of martyrs.

Western Sahara

Responses to Solving the Western Sahara — What Now Remains Two opposing responses to former Ambassador Gabriel's Op-ed on "resolving" the Western Sahara conflict. (Gabriel is currently a political consultant whose clients include the Government of Morocco).

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb
Memory Wars and the Messiness of History: An Interview with Jim House on the Commemoration of 17 October 1961
Year Three
Politics after Abdessalam Yassine
Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes
من أجل مدنية الحكم في موريتانيا
L’an I de la Révolution tunisienne ou les résurgences d’un passé qui divise
Neither Regret Nor Remorse: Colonial Nostalgia Among French Far Right
From Opposition to Puppet: Morocco’s Party of Justice and Development


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