[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.]
Algeria: Crackdown on Protest as Election Nears Human Rights Watch responds to the repressive crackdown on protests organized by the Barakat movement.
"We Have Managed to Draw the Algerian Regime into a Confrontation with its Own People" Melanie Matarese (Editor-in-Chief of El-Watan’s weekend edition) and blogger Sidalia Kouidri Filali discuss the Barakat movement and their challenge to the Algerian regime.
Qui est responsable des violences à Ghardaïa ? Tayeb Belghiche asks who is responsible for the killing of three Algerians during continued violence in Ghardaia.
Bouteflika`s Campaign Proposes Constitutional Amendments The Project on Middle East Democracy offers a snapshot of the proposed constitutional amendments “to consolidate the system” and reactions to them.
Algerian Opposition TV Network Shuttered Ahead of Presidential Elections Abdou Semmar describes the shuttering and raiding of Al-Atlas TV after it broadcast negative images of Algerian security violently repressing protests.
The Algerian labor union experience Nasser Jabi describes the landscape of Algeria’s labor unions.
Stability at Any Cost? Kal explains the complex significance of a fourth-term run for Bouteflika.
Media Often Targeted in Libya`s Violent Disputes Reporters Without Borders issues a statement regarding the vulnerability of media in Libyan violence.
Libyan ‘Prison Scenes’: ‘I Don’t Deny That a Part of Me Is Lost Forever’ In this interview with Vittoria Volgare, Omar Abu Al Qasim reflects on his experiences as a writer and his nine years spent in Libyan prison.
The Candidate from a Different Planet Mary Fitzgerald profiles flashy candidate for Libyan Prime Minister Basit Igtet.
My Vision for Libya – No. 1: Dr Guma El-Gamaty, leader of the Taghyeer Party. Michael Cousins profiles Guma El-Gamaty, leader of the growing Taghyeer Party.
Mauritania - From the Outside Anita Hunt pierces the veil of exoticism and describes life in Mauritania through facts and personal experience.
Mauritanie Présidentielles 2014: l’offensive à petits pas de Ould Aziz avant la campagne officielle Sidi Ould Baye describes President General Ould Aziz’s steps in positioning ahead of an ambiguous presidential election.
La Mauritanie n`est plus parmi les pays les plus pauvres After posting high growth rates, Mauritania no longer remains among the poorest countries in the world.
‘A Rare Blue Bird That Flies with Me’: Morocco’s History Through the Eyes of a Prisoner Cristina Dozio reviews Youssef Fadel’s A Rare Blue Bird That Flies with Me.
A la marge de la marge, les "oubliés" du Douar Lotfi Soraya El Kahlaoui describes life in a marginalized Moroccan neighborhood (with no running water and little electricity) and the difficulties and hopes in establishing civil society bodies to address its challenges.
Pour l’égalité dans l’héritage au Maroc Salma Hargal and Montassir Sakhi describe the work of their organization Autre Maroc in reforming inheritance laws in Morocco.
Le retour en fanfare du Maroc en Afrique Zakya Daoud explores Morocco’s recent turn towards Africa.
"Je ne m`appelle pas Azzi" Moroccan civil society groups launch a new campaign against racism in the country.
تونس: الاتحاد العمالي كقوة توازن سياسية Hala al-Youssoufi traces the Tunisian General Labor Union’s role as political mediator through the writing of the 2014 constitution.
Filles de joie et autres corps mis à nu Ines Oueslati sheds light on Tunisian sex workers’ struggle for their right to work.
Making Good on the Revolution’s Economic Promises in Tunisia Lauren Barr outlines the necessary steps for just economic development in Tunisia.
Ask a professional: security and democracy in Tunisia Haykel ben Mahfoudh and Fabio Merone discuss security reform in Tunisia, framing it as an issue of politics and a need for accountability and a reorientation and reorganization of the Interior Ministry.
Zatla et la réforme de la loi 52 : la société civile s’implique ! Henda Channaoui covers the actions of civil society in pressuring the Tunisian government to reform Law 52, which regulates cannabis.
Tunisians Demonstrate against Treatment of Blacks Bilel Sfaxi highlights anti-racist protests in Tunis.
Western Sahara Confidence Building Measures seminar opens The UNHCR issues a press release on a series of seminars to be held in the Azores.
Sahara Screenings: World`s Most Remote Film Festival Prepares for Another Run Stefan Simanowitz highlights the upcoming FiSahara Film Festival.
Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb
The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France Dirien Valayden explores the underside of liberalism through the work of Foucault.
Arduous Journeys on Roads Not [Yet] Taken: Language, Neoliberal Work Skills, and the Exhausted Educational Dream Charis Boutieri situates debates over the language of education in Morocco in the specific context of Morocco’s political economy.
About Human Breakage and Fragility Aymen Daboussi poignantly illustrates the challenges presented by mental illness, personally and socially, in a state unable to cope with them.
Human Rights Roadmap for a New Libya Jadaliyya Reports on the Human Rights Watch suggestions for reform and legislation in Libya.
In Conversation with Artist Nadia Ayari Mayamanah Farhat interviews Tunisian artist Nadia Ayari on technique, art history, and political allegory.
Tunisia’s Consensus, or When a Kiss is Just a Kiss After the euphoric moment of the adoption of Tunisia’s constitution, Yasmine Ryan explores the political field as Tunisia manages a faltering economy and upcoming elections.