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Mauritania

On the Margins Roundup (August)

[Image of the remnants of a home in a village in northern Somalia. Image by najeeb/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania اعتقال رئيس المبادرة الطلابية بمطار نواكشوط  A Mauritanian student is arrested at the airport, attempting to board a flight to a Palestine conference in Sudan. تراجع التبادل التجاري لموريتانيا ب7.4% في الثلث الأول من 2014 Mauritania’s terms of trade weakened in the first quarter of 2014. Two ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[Image of a ship graveyard in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Image by slosada/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.] Somalia Al-Shabab claims deadly Kenya attack Somalia-based group says attacks will continue, and tells tourists to stay away after assault in Mpeketoni kills forty-eight. African solutions for African problems? Ambassador Abukar Arman, former Somalia special envoy to the United States, argues that interventions ...

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On the Margins Roundup (May)

[Image from the back street of Moroni, Grande Comore, Union of the Comoros. Image courtesy of David Stanley/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania موريتانيا: غضب من قانون لرقابة وتنظيم الإنترنت Mauritanian activists are criticizing a recent bill in the Mauritanian parliament, which they say is a violation of freedom of expression. Quadruple Hope in Mauritania's Refugee Camp Photos from Doctors Without Borders about a woman who gave birth to ...

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Call for Participants: “Les Ateliers” Urban Planning Workshop in Nouakchott

[Nouakchott. Image by Les Ateliers]

The French association Les Ateliers is organizing an urban planning professional workshop in Nouakchatt, Mauritania, between 26 April and 11 May 2014, entitled “The Future as Challenge” (L’avenir pour défi.) Les Ateliers (International workshops of planning and urban design) is a non-profit organization created in 1982 that aims to promote the creation of ideas examining the challenges and processes of everyday city planning and design. It does so by fostering a process of collective and multidisciplinary work that produces innovative proposals relating to urban design and spatial development. Whether it involves students or professionals, each “Atelier” brings together ...

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On the Margins Roundup (January)

[A South Sudan flag over the airport in Malakal, South Sudan. Image from Owen Fuller/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania Biram : les raisons du succès The author examines the reasons for Biram Ould Abeid’s success in fighting for human rights in Mauritania. Mauritania to set up slavery tribunal A judicial committee chaired by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to create a court to try crimes of slavery. Quand les ...

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After Mauritania’s Elections: Toward Reform or a Political Charade?

[Image of Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Image by Magharebia/Flickr.]

The first round of legislative and municipal elections held in Mauritania on 23 November signified the end of a two-year period of a parliamentary limbo. The country has been mired in a sustained constitutional crisis since 2011, when elections that were due to take place in September of that year were indefinitely postponed, leaving the National Assembly without a legislative mandate. Over two years later, these legislative and local elections have just now finally transpired. Around fifteen hundred candidates from seventy-four parties representing the administration and the so-called “moderate” opposition competed for 147 seats in the National Assembly ...

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Colonisation Pacifique?: Examining the Contradictions of Xavier Coppolani’s Expansion into Mauritania

[Image of Xavier Coppolani. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

In 1899, Louis Gustave Binger, the head of African affairs at the French Ministry of Colonies, received a proposal outlining a plan to bring a large swath of North African tribal territory under French control. The proposal covered a vast expanse of land, primarily desert, stretching up from the Senegal River to the bottom of the Kingdom of Morocco and eastward toward the south of Algeria. The name used in the proposal to delimit this geographical area was “la Mauritanie occidentale.” This was the first time that the name Mauritanie had been used in reference to this particular expanse of territory; the third-century Berber kingdom of Mauretania that later became a ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 14)

[Prime Minister Ali Zeidan shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algeria: Crackdown on Independent Trade Unions Human Rights Watch condemns Algerian authorities’ efforts to limit the formation and operation of independent trade unions. Algerian Bashing dans le conflit Syrien. Baki 7our Mansour addresses social media’s “Algeria bashing.” Les compagnies pétrolières se détournent de ...

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On the Margins Roundup (August)

[Screenshot of malivote.com, which tracks the results of the 2013 elections in Mali in realtime. Image from malivote.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Are the Islamists truly on the ropes? The author discusses how a new and much-lauded president is finding it hard to bury old divisions. The worst fate: Somalia’s ship wrecked hostages The author reports on fifty sailors being held in grim conditions, abandoned by their ship’s owner whose willingness ...

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On the Margins Roundup (July)

[Mali's permanent representative to the United Nations, Oumar Daou, signs the Arms Trade Treaty during a ceremony at United Nations headquarters in New York, 3 June 2013. Image by Control Arms/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Donor Unfazed Despite UN Compound Attack Contrary to what Al-Shabab may have hoped, the United Kingdom and the European Union are undeterred in helping to rebuild Somalia. Somalia: Country Analysis (June, 2013) PSC Report Report on the recent developments in Somalia and the progress being made in the ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 5)

[Leila Mint Abdel Aziz holds a photo of her detained brother, held in Guantanamo. Photo courtesy of Amnesty International’s LiveWire blog.]

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algérie / Abdelkader Bensalah peut-il assurer l’intérim de la présidence? Baki 7our Mansour explores the constitutionality of Abdelkader Bensalah, the Moroccan born President of the Algerian senate, assuming an interim presidency. Les indemnités des parlementaires provoquent une crise entre l’APN et le Sénat Achira ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[Over one hundred thousand Sudanese have settled in the Maban county of the Upper Nile state in South Sudan following fighting in the Blue Nile state of Sudan. In Hofra transit camp, the biggest challenge is providing enough clean drinking water. Image by Thomas Conan/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Somali central bank chief has experience of troubled jurisdictions The new governor of the Central Bank of Somalia shares his vision to transform the "failed" state. What happened to Somalia’s pirates? The author examines the reasons for the drop in maritime hijackings. US drone 'shot down by al-Shabaab ...

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On the Margins Roundup (July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania  Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz re-elected Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz reelected in a controversial election with over ...

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Religion, Race, and Repression in Mauritania: The Ould Mkhaitir Apostasy Affair

On 2 January 2014, Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ould Mkhaitir, a young Mauritanian engineer from the northern industrial city of Nouadhibou, published a denunciation of caste-based racism, which he framed as a call for religious reform. He dared to challenge the discrimination against Moulamines, the lowest of the low in Mauritanian society, and did so by provocatively criticizing some of the Prophet Mohammed’s acts. The government perceived his demand that Mauritanians cleanse their religion of racism as ...

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On the Margins Roundup (March)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania Mauritania: Islamic Television channel promotes moderation An interview on Magharebia with Othman Ould Farah, the ...

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'Desert Inhabited by Nomads'

In the latest edition of his highly regarded history of modern Africa, Martin Meredith mentions Mauritania only five times in the book’s 816 pages. His most detailed description of Mauritania consists of a single sentence in which he says that upon attaining independence in 1960, “Mauritania consisted of no more than desert inhabited by nomads which until 1954 had been ruled from the Senegalese city of St. Louis.”[1] Meredith’s overlooking of Mauritania is unlikely to have been a deliberate act on his ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 30)

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria L’Algérie face à son destin, d’Abdelkader ben Mahieddine à Tareq Mammeri  Adel Herik postulates that Algeria has been bound to repeating history ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 9)

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Geopolitics Bouteflika écrit au roi Mohamed VI  President Abdelaziz Bouteflika writes to King Mohamed VI, invoking shared history and neglecting any ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 1)

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Maghreb Global Gender Gap Report The World Economic Forum releases it Global Gender Gap report, with disturbing conclusions on backwards trends in North ...

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On the Margins Roundup (September)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia The European Union announces more than €124 million to increase security in Somalia The EU announced an additional support of ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 19)

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algeria: the real lessons for Egypt Karima Bennoune explains why recent comparisons between Algeria in the nineties and Egypt today must be engaged ...

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The New European Union and Mauritania Fisheries Agreement: Between Sustainability and Vested Interests

On 29 May, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted to reject a new European Union-Mauritania fishing agreement, negotiated in July 2012. The grounds for rejection were that the new clauses regarding licensing for European fleets to fish in Mauritanian waters would be neither profitable nor to the benefit of either party.  The waters off the coast of Mauritania are some of the richest and most biologically diverse in the world. As a result, they are of great importance to European ...

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معتقلو موريتانيا في غوانتانامو

انتشرت في الساعات الأولى من فاتح يونيو2013 أنباء تفيد بأن المعتقلين الموريتانيين في سجن غوانتنامو، محمد ولد صلاحي وأحمد ولد عبد العزيز، قد تم تسليمهما إلى موريتانيا. ولم تتداول هذه الأنباء مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي فقط، بل مؤسسات اعلامية دولية وعربية كذلك. كانت تلك الإخبار مصدر فرح لدى عائلات المعتقلين ولدى الكثيرين من أبناء موريتانيا ، لكن سرعان ما تبدل ذلك الشعور إلى خيبة أمل، بعدما نفت الولايات المتحدة الخبر رسمياً. حيث نقلت وكالة ألأنباء الفرنسية، عن المتحدث باسم وزارة الدفاع الأمريكية، البنتاغون، ...

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On the Margins Roundup (May)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Is Somalia Ready For Aid? Jenny Lei Ravelo reports that some NGOs are concerned with Somalia’s fledgling government control over finances and the ...

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