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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.] [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 by Thursday night of every week.] 


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 l’Algérie Despite the Minister of Energy and Mines’ statement that Algeria would double its hydrocarbon production, Hadjer Guenanfa explains why foreign companies are not eager to invest.

Corruptions : Conséquences De La Corruption Sur Le Droit Et Les Institutions. Dégénérescence Générale Du Tissu Social Djilali Hadjadj situates Algeria’s fight against corruption as part of an internatioal struggle.


US: Ensure Rights of Libyan Detainee Human Rights Watch demands that the terror suspect “al-Libi” be charged before a judge in accordance with international law.

Zeidan rescued, not freed by captors, says government. The Libya Herald reports that a forceful intervention was required to free Zeidan by force after militiamen apprehended him.

Libyan al-Qaida suspect's detention-at-sea raises Geneva convention concerns Spencer Ackerman measures the current behavior of the US in apprehending “al-Libi” against previous administrations and the Geneva convention.

Libya summons US ambassador over Tripoli raid Al-Jazeera reports on Libya’s reaction to the US apprehension of terror suspect al-Libi.


Slaves, fake refugees and lentils: the Mbera camp in Mauritania Misha Hussein outlines the complexities of running the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania.

Le président de IRA invité par l’UE pour parler de l’esclavage en Mauritanie (IRA) The EU invites Biram Ould Abeid to discuss contemporary slavery in Mauritania, Al-Akhbar reports.

Mauritania-EU controversial fisheries agreement approved The North Africa Post reports that the EU has approved a fishing agreement that will constitute the highest financial contribution ever from Europe.


Maroc, embrasse-moi si tu peux ! Hicham T addresses his country in the wake of a scandal where two high-schoolers were arrested for a public display of affection.

Education, Budget et Indicateurs de Succès Zouhair Baghough compares rates of investment in education, inscription and success.

Benkirane II : le PJD en minorité dans son propre gouvernement Lakome reports on the new appointments to the Moroccan ministries, where the ruling party is in the minority.

Maroc : Quand Benkirane et Mezouar étaient de farouches ennemis Although they will now serve in the same government, Mohamed Jaabouk reminds us that Prime Minister Benkirane and new Foreign Minister Mezouar were not always so close.


Point d'algérianisation de la Tunisie (1): Les faits     Youssef Cherif addresses those making parallels between Tunisia’s current political situation and Algeria in the nineties.

Point d'algérianisation de la Tunisie (2): Comment les faits sont rapportés Youssef Cherif contrasts the information in his previous article with the information presented through various media and political sources.

Tunisia’s political impasse Omar Belhaj Salah explains the lack of confidence that Ennahda and Tunisia’s troika government inspires in a democratic political future.

Drame de Lampedusa. Honte à nous ! Farhat Othman declares it a moral imperative for the new Tunisia to address migration with its European neighbors to find a humane resolution after the disaster at Lampedusa.

RSF s'interroge sur les raisons de l'arrestation d'un groupe travaillant sur la réalisation d'un documentaire Reporters Without Borders questions the justifications for the arrest of eight people associated with the filming of a documentary. 

Les Tunisiens sont divisés par rapport au Mouvement Ennahdha selon le sondage de l'Institut Zogby Monia Ben Hamadi reports on a new survey that demonstrates split opnions over Ennahda.

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

Snatch and Render from Libya Vijay Prashad explains why the apprehension of an “enemy combatant” in Libya is in flagrant disregard of international law.

Vineyards of Colonial Algeria: A History of French or Algerian Wine? Through the history of wine production in Algeria in the colonial period, Maia Venturini addresses attitudes of the French and Algerians during colonization.

Is Algeria an Anti-Imperialist State? Hamza Hamouchene examines Algeria’s foreign policy in contemporary geopolitical context.

Où est l’intérêt national et qui le sert ? Leyla Dakhli explores legitimacy and authority in Tunisia today. (In English here.)

A Portrait of Tunisian Artist Nicene Kossentini As part of a coproduction with Medrar TV, the visual artist Nicene Kossentini, from Sfax Tunisia, is profiled in this video.  (In Arabic here.)

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.)

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