[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 Tuesday night of every week]
Alger 1957. L’assassinat d’Ali Boumendjel Malika Rahal writes for OrientXXI on the political activist and lawyer Ali Boumendjel.
Fire at Algerian migrant camp leaves 18 people dead A fire in Ouargla migrant camp left eighteen dead and nearly fifty injured, mostly Nigerians.
Algeria military court to try intelligence official “General Hassan had for two decades embodied the army`s fight against armed groups in the country.”
Let`s All Take a Moment to Celebrate Algeria`s Rad-Looking Metal Festival Anna Merlan writes for Jezebel’s music section on Algeria’s niche metal fandom.
Algerian Violinist ‘Aimed at Perfection,’ Friends Say “Kheir Eddine Sahbi, or Didine, as his family called him, was returning home when he was struck by a bullet in front of the Casa Nostra restaurant on 13 November. A violinist from Algeria, he had been in France for only a year, pursuing music.”
Swiss Embassy in Algiers Brownbook Magazine takes a closer look at the history and architecture of Switzerland’s embassy in Algiers.
القبض على قاتل الناشطة الحقوقية الليبية سلوى بوقعيقيص The presumed assassin of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis has reportedly been arrested.
مفتي ليبيا يهاجم مليشيات مصراتة ويدعو إلى إخراجهم Libya’s Grand Mufti Gheriani calls for the expulsion of Misrata’s militias from the capital Tripoli.
Cloud-based news agency launched for Libya A new cloud-based news agency LCNA, has been launched, with the support of Germany`s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and the European Commission.
Syrians fly to Mauritania for perilous Sahara trek, Europe tightens borders Kieran Guilbert writes for Reuters on the growing number of Syrian refugees traveling to Mauritania.
Mauritania Country Profile 2015: Plotting a post-Abdel Aziz future “In order to respect the constitution, Abdel Aziz has promised to step down at the end of this term. Allies and opponents alike will start to look at how they can benefit from the retirement of the former coup leader.”
الملك المغربي يرفض لغا عزيز Taqadoumy reports on political tension between President Abdel Aziz and the Moroccan King Mohammad VI over the Western Sahara.
موريتانيا ترفع حالة التأهب الأمني بعد هجمات باماكو Mauritania raised its security levels after a recent hostage situation in Mali.
Free speech goes on trial in Morocco The Washington Post editorial board condemns the trial of seven journalists and activists.
Morocco defends jailing of ex-Guantanamo inmate Moroccan Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid defends the detainment of ex-detainee Chekkouri, also held without charge in Guantanamo Bay for thirteen years.
مراسلون بلا حدود تطالب بإسقاط تهم “تهديد أمن الدولة” على نشطاء مغاربة AlYawm24 reports on Reporters Without Borders’ call to drop charges against Moroccan political activists.
خادمة مغربية تستغيث من سيدة سعودية تحتجزها A video circulating on social media shows a Moroccan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia held captive by her employer, as she pleads for her rescue.
Brother of suspected Paris attack mastermind arrested in Morocco: source Reuters reports on the arrest of Yassine Abaaoud, brother of suspected mastermind of Paris attacks.
Innocent Woman Mistaken For Suicide Bomber AJ+ interviews a Moroccan woman who was wrongly portrayed as being a suicide bomber.
Dances With Spirits Brownbook Magazine retraces the origins of Stambeli, “a ritual dance belonging to Tunisia’s Sub-Saharan community.”
17 فيلما بمسابقة مهرجان قرطاج السينمائي بينها "الزين اللي فيك" المثير للجدل France24 reports on this year’s opening of the Carthage Film Festival.
Tunisie : des jihadistes décapitent un jeune berger Public outrage in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid after the decapitation of a sixteen year-old sheppard, claimed by the Islamic State.
Want to Beat the Islamic State? Help Tunisia. Foreign Policy analyzes Tunisia’s democratic transition and the need to strengthen its democratic institutions to combat extremism in the region.
Algeria: Western Sahara - Ross Grateful to Algeria for Support to UN Process The United Nations Envoy for Western Sahara Christopher Ross expressed gratitude for Algeria’s support in finding a solution to the Western Sahara issue.
Decades of dispute in Western Sahara Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” covers United Nations negotiations over the Western Sahara.
Algerian minister denies shift in position over Western Sahara “The Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has insisted that his country’s position on the Western Sahara conflict has not changed.”
Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb
New Texts Out Now: Jeanette S. Jouili, Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe Jadaliyya interviews Jeanette Jouili on the publication of her new book Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe.
Kabylia: Between Colonial Myths and Algerian Realities A translated excerpt from Yassine Temlali`s book, La genèse de la Kabylie. Aux origines de l’affirmation berbère en Algérie (1830-1962).
Libya: The Forgotten War of the Tebu and Tuareg Valérie Stocker sheds light on the violence marring southern Libya.
Social Dialogue Under The Gun in Tunisia Ian M. Hartshorn contextualizes the developments with regard to negotiations in Tunisia, looking at the various actors and processes that have led up to the present day.
De-dramatizing Algerian Politics Brahim Rouabah writes on the recent changes in Algeria`s political sphere, dispelling dominant notions in media.
Tunisia: The Counter Demographic Transition Khadija Mohsen-Finan interviews researcher Youssef Courbage on the increasing birth rates in Tunisia.
The Ongoing, Steady Gains of Morocco`s Islamist Party Dörthe Engelcke examines the mounting successes of Morocco`s leading Islamist party, the Party of Justice and Development (PJD).