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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 4)

[Riot police survey protesters in Marrakech. Photo from newkech.com] [Riot police survey protesters in Marrakech. Photo from newkech.com]

[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 Wednesday night of every week.] 

Algeria

Can Algeria and France finally turn the page? Imad Mesdoua assesses Algerian-French relations after Francoise Hollande’s remarks on French colonization in Algeria.

Alors que la campagne a déjà commencé: Bouteflika serait-il partant pour un 4e mandat ? Ali Fares postulates that the Algerian president will seek a fourth term.

Tunisia, Algeria sign security pact Tunisia and Algeria reach a security agreement focusing on insecure border areas.

Libya

Islamist Militant Groups on the Rise in Africa National Public Radio reporters discuss presence of Al-Qaida and Al-Shabab in Libya and Mali.

Libya's Slapstick Democracy Explained Karl ReMarks describes shortcomings of new developments in Libya’s new democracy.

Magarief strongly supports women’s inclusion in the constitution drafting committee Sami Zaptia reports on Libyan women’s NGOs meeting with General National Congress President Mohamed Magarief.

Libya Rediscovers its Hidden Talent Rana Jawad provides a hopeful look at art in Libya through perspectives on Libyan artists.

Libyan gunmen kidnap chief police investigator in Benghazi North Africa United reports on abduction of Abdesalam al-Mahdawi.

Mauritania

La Mauritanie se rapproche davantage du Polisario Mohammed Jaabouk analyzes the role of the Polisario in Mauritanian-Moroccan relations.

Arresting Teachers who have been on Strike and the Detention of TV Channel Team The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemns arrest of 27 teachers at a sit in Mauritania protesting their transfer to remote areas of the country.

Will Mauritania's Project Zazou encourage vegetarianism? Analysis of the impact of Mauritania’s ban on plastic bags

Morocco

Video: Marrakech uprisings Protestors chant “We Want the Fall of the Regime” at protests in Marrakech while riot police try to quell uprising.

Rétrospéctives : Ces polémiques qui ont marqué le Maroc en 2012 Artisthick blogger Miryam Lahli offers insight into the “polemic” state of culture in Morocco in 2012.

Soulèvement populaire à Marrakech - Qui sème la misère récolte la colère Association Marocain des Droits Humains (AMDH) Nord-France responds to police brutality against riots in Marrakech.

Inside Disputed Western Sahara Tom Stevenson draws links between disputed Western Sahara territory and Palestine

Au Maroc, des grèves de la faim contre les conditions de détention. Ilhem Rachidi reports on hunger strikes by political prisoners in Morocco.

Tunisia

State of Freedom in Speech in Tunisia in 2012 Afef Abrougui provides a synopsis of the past year in freedom of speech victories and defeats.

Tunisia sells of Ben Ali assets Monica Ghanmi reports on month long auction of the former head of state’s affairs, including jewelry, clothing, art and collection of luxury vehicles.

Tunisie : Un « Sheratongate » pour le ministre des affaires étrangères, Rafik Abdessalem ? Rachid Cherif describes the response of Tunisian officials to accusations from blogger Olfa Riahi.

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

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Year Three
Politics after Abdessalam Yassine
Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes

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