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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 1)

[A mass demonstration was held Thursday October 31 in Nouakchott demanding justice for the rape and murder of a six year old girl. Photo courtesy of @lissnup.] [A mass demonstration was held Thursday October 31 in Nouakchott demanding justice for the rape and murder of a six year old girl. Photo courtesy of @lissnup.]

[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.] 


Global Gender Gap Report The World Economic Forum releases it Global Gender Gap report, with disturbing conclusions on backwards trends in North Africa in terms of sexual violence and security.

Lampedusa, terre d’exil où se noie la conscience européenne Olivier Favier explores the significance and roots of the Lampedusa disaster and the irony of Italy’s concern over it.


Pourquoi je ne crois pas à ce scoop d’arsenal découvert en Algérie. Baki 7our Mansour casts a shadow of doubt on a Reuters story that a weapons arsenal was discovered in the south of Algeria.

SNC Lavalin Algerie: les canadiens enquêtent sur l'argent de la corruption Radio Canada produces a video investigation of corruption in Algeria, particularly at Montreal-based firm SNC Lavalin.

Comment je suis devenue une Arabe A young Kabyle describes embracing an Arab identity.


The principle of Responsibility to Protect in retrospect David Mailmela explores the ramifications of the Responsibility to Protect principle in Libya and its implications for international and global governance.

Meet the Libyan Militia Detaining Migrants in a Zoo Wil Crisp covers Libya’s strange ways of handling migrants who cross its borders.

Abdel-Jalil: “Ten Mandelas would not be enough for Libya” Adel el Toraifi interviews Mustapha Abdel-Jalil, a former minister of justice under Gaddafi, about the last days of the regime.


منظمة آدم لحماية الطفل و المجتمع - لا للإباحية Mauritanians plan a march for 1 November in Nouakchott to protest the rape and murder of a six year old girl in the city.

Les Nations Unies préoccupées par la situation des droits civils et politiques en Mauritanie After several disturbing analyses on the state of slavery in Mauritania, the UN has begun to organize a concerted effort to address civil and political rights in the country.


La monarchie, tabou absolu de la presse marocaine Aboubakr Jamai describes critiquing the monarchy as the ultimate red line in Morocco – not to be crossed without fear of retribution from the regime.

RuralStruc, le programme de recherche qui révèle les pratiques si peu éthiques de la Banque mondiale Moroccan economists and researchers found a research program to investigate the implications of market liberalization for agriculture and rural development.

The Politics of Kissing Maghreb Page’s Samia Errazzouki offers a reading of the Moroccan kissing “scandal” and moral policing in the country.


Feeling Left Out in Tunisia’s South Tunisia Live reports on the detriments of political instability for the economy of Tunisia’s southern region.

Enquête sur le gaz de schiste en Tunisie : des profondeurs du sous-sol tunisien aux paradis fiscaux ! Med Dhia Hammami describes shale oil extraction (fracking) exploration efforts in Tunisia and the government’s professed ignorance of them.

Tunisie: Des mines du mont Chaâmbi à l'attaque-suicide de Sousse ou comment le terrorisme va crescendo Sarah Ben Hamadi situates the recent suicide bombing in Sousse as part of a growing trend of terror attacks in Tunisia.

Western Sahara

Occupied and Exploited: Taking Western Sahara's Resources Tom Stevenson explores legal complications of resource exploration in Western Sahara.

A Paris, Alger et Rabat, les mensonges d’Etat ou la parole publique dévaluée Gauthier de Voland underscores the hypocrisy in Algeria and Morocco’s mobilization of human rights discourse over Western Sahara.

Sahara Marocain, le discours de la panique Ahmed Benseddik situates Morocco’s approach to the Western Sahara issue in a larger geopolitical strategy (or lack thereof.)

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

Out with the Old and In with the Old: Morocco’s New Cabinet Samia Errazzouki contextualizes the new cabinet appointments of Morocco’s Benkirane II government in the current political climate.

الاعتداء الجنسي على الأطفال في المغرب تحت غطاء القانون والتقاليد Siham Ashto outlines the legal and traditional conditions that allow such prevalence of sexual abuse against children in Morocco.

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.)


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