[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday night of every week.]
Algérie : L`approvisionnement de l`Europe en gaz algérien est-il plus important que les droits humains ? Hamza Hamouchene deems Europe’s quest for Algerian oil “morally unacceptable” in its complicity human rights’ violations.
Retour sur une année de gestion du premier ministre en l’absence du président Karim Kebir outlines the nature of Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal’s recent political position.
Les travailleurs du tramway d’Alger en grève illimitée Yazid Yahiaoui reports that tram workers in Algiers have announced an indefinite strike, demanding fairer wages.
Now water cuts on top of Tripoli’s electricity and fuel misery In addition to troubling fuel shortages, Michael Cousins describes the impending water crisis as water supply to much of Tripoli has been compromised.
Honouring Mustafa Mohamed Abouon Assem Abouon remembers his father Mustafa Mohamed Abouon, Libyan government official before the Qaddafi era, a prominent businessman in Canada and an activist.
Libya: Violent Response to Tripoli Prison Mutiny Human Rights Watch condemns the violent repression of a prison protest where many prisoners received gunshot wounds.
Amnesty International (and Stockholm Syndrome) Mohamed Néma Oumar criticizes Amnesty International’s recent report on Mauritania (in Arabic.)
Maurimax: Reportage sur #TEDx Nouakchott Maurimax films reports on recent TED talks held in Nouakchott.
Follow-up mission to Mauritania by UN Special Rapporteur on racism The UN Special Rapporteur on racism announces plans to continue to investigate racism in Mauritania.
Mauritanie : des élections sous haute pression de l’opposition Bakala Kane describes opposition efforts approaching elections as evident of Mauritania’s continuing political crisis.
Attentat d’Argana : Même sort que l’affaire Belliraj ? Lakome reports that inquiry into the case of Adil Othmani, accused of the 2011 Marrakech bombing, has been opened because of allegations of inappropriate influence in the trial.
Maroc : La confusion sur la réforme de l’enseignement profite au Palais Khalid Tritki offers insight into the history of the Palace’s influence in education reform since the ascension of Mohamed VI to the throne.
“Les Champions Nationaux” Zouhair Baghough highlights the ineffectiveness of a development model that favors large conglomerates, concluding that these fail to compete in the global market.
The EU is ignoring the human rights abuses behind Morocco`s razor wire Paul Mason reveals the geopolitical influence of the EU in funding security policies that are harmful to migrants in Morocco.
Ruling Coalition Agrees to One Month Deadline to Dissolve the Government Nissaf Slama describes an agreement between the troika and labor unions to facilitate a new constitution and elections in one month’s time.
Tunisia: Drop Charges Against Cameraman Human Rights Watch implores Tunisians authorities to drop charges against a cameraman who filmed an egg being thrown at the minister of culture.
Can Tunisia’s Labour Union Ride to the Rescue? Mohamed-Salah Omri profiles the Tunisian General Union of Labor and its influence on historical and contemporary Tunisian politics.
Weld El 15 et Klay BBJ condamnés par contumace à un an et neuf mois de prison Perrine Massy reports that rappers Weld El 15 and Klay BBJ have been condemned to a year and nine months in prison in a sudden sentencing.
Sahara : bataille à Bruxelles autour d`un rapport sur les droits de l`homme Lakome reports that two men have been hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained during a demonstration demanding promised jobs.
Saharawi fishermen condemn EU-Morocco fishing treaty ‘fraud’ Arthur Nelson showcases a letter from Sahrawi fisherman who condemn politicians in Rabat for signing an illegal treaty that depletes their fishing stock.
Nouveau rapport : Total SA au Sahara Occidental occupé In flagrant disregard for international law, Western Sahara Resource Watch confirms that Total petroleum has been surveying in the territory.
Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb
The Invention of Throne Day Nabil Mouline explains the symbolic significance of Morocco’s Throne Day as an act of legitimation for the monarchy.
Algerian Memories: An Interview with Henri Alleg In commemoration of the life of Algerian independence activist Henri Alleg, whose seminal work The Question exposed French torture in the former colony, Khalil Bendib publishes a 2007 interview.
Elections au Mali : Quelques réflexions sur la restauration de l`ordre Thomas Serres reflects on the implications of the recent elections in Mali, concluding that they indicate a step in the right direction. (In English here.)
المغاربة ينددون باغتصاب طفولتهم مرتَيْنِ Brahim el Guabli describes the recent demonstrations in Morocco, the first that have targeted the king’s authority directly.
Daniel`s List Ibn Kafka probes legal and diplomatic responsibility in DanielGate.
نموت ويحيا الوطن Brahim el Guabli explores the sentiments of patriotism and dedication to the homeland in Morocco.
Complicity and Indifference: Racism in Morocco Samia Errazzouki highlights the endemic problem of racism in Morocco and the failure of the government to address it.
تونس: الأزمة والأفق المسدود Myriam Guetat condemns partisanship in the Tunisian government and questions its legitimacy since the 2011 elections.
Portrait of Mohamed Brahmi Lilia Blaise paints a portrait of a man of conviction and integrity, but also a threat to many in Tunisian politics, up to his last days.