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Protests in Ouargla: Focusing on Job Creation in Algeria

[The National Committee for the Rights of the Unemployed (Comité national pour la défense des droits des chômeurs, CNDDC) made a call for protests that brought together thousands (more than ten thousand, according to some) of people in Ouargla, in the south of Algeria, on 14 March 2013. Despite the regime’s ...  Read More »

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Celebrating El Haqed’s Freedom: Soundtracking Resistance

After being arrested twice and serving a one year jail term for his critical lyrics “Dogs of the State,” Mouad Belghouat, whose alias is El Haqed, is finally free. His outspoken lyrics are known for critiquing corruption, clientelism, the monarchy’s excessive wealth, and oligarchy. El Haqed’s trial attracted huge ...  Read More »

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!موريتانيا :الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام

 كان لإحراق المواطن التونسي محمد البوعزيزي نفسه يوم 17 ديسمبر/كانون الأول عام 2010 ، وما أعقبه من انتفاضة شعبية في وطنه تأثير كبير على نقاشات الموريتانيين. ولم يمض إلا شهر واحد حتى تحول النقاش من فعل البوعزيزي وثورة التونسيين إلى قيام المواطن الموريتاني يعقوب ولد دحود في يوم17 يناير 2011 بإضرام النار في نفسه أمام ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 29)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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A qui profite la récupération des biens de Ben Ali ?

Pour marquer la fin de 2012, une année plutôt chaotique pour une Tunisie en pleine transition politique, le ministre des Finances tunisien a organisé un événement spectaculaire : une vente aux enchères publique des biens de l'ancien président Ben Ali provenant de son palais privé à Sidi Dhrif, une somptueuse ...  Read More »

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Les manifestations à Ouargla : le besoin d’une stratégie de développement axée sur la création d’emplois en Algérie

[Un appel du Comité national pour la défense des droits des chômeurs (CNDDC) a rassemblé  des milliers (plus de dix mille personnes, selon certains) de personnes sur la place de la mairie dans le centre de Ouargla, dans le sud de l’Algérie le 14 Mars 2013.  Malgré les accusations du régime selon lesquelles ...  Read More »

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الأطر النظرية لفهم النماذج التنموية في مراحل ما بعد الثورات

عندما سأل أحد الأِشخاص "ماو تسي تونج" يومًا عن رأيه في الثورة الفرنسية، فكان رده "إن من المبكر الحكم عليها". ويذكرنا هذا بأن الحكم على حَدَثٍ في التاريخ بأنه كان ثورة من عدمه ليس جدلا أكاديميًّا أو نظريًّا بقدر ما هو جزء من الظاهرة التاريخية ذاتها محل التشكل في زمن كتابة هذه السطور. ورصد وتسجيل ...  Read More »

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Social Struggles in Tunisia: A Curse or a Revolutionary Opportunity?

The Tunisian revolution was often painted as a sort of “divine” event during which the united and homogenous “Tunisian people” succeeded in getting rid of their “dictator.”  As if by the force of some quasi-magical act, all it took was the coming together of the people screaming a unified dégage on 14 January ...  Read More »

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Ennahda: A Party in Transition

Since the assassination of Chokri Belaid, Tunisia is living the most difficult stage of its revolutionary transition. Even before the murder of Belaid, a long institutional crisis had kept the country in limbo with the prolonged absence of a constitution. Belaid’s death pushed it on the edge of chaos. Much has been ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Organizations Continue Efforts to Aid Families of the Disappeared in Algeria

[The following statement was issued by Alkarama, the Collective of Families of Disappeared Persons in Algeria (CFDA), and TRIAL on 22 March 2013.] The United Nations Human Rights Committee will meet on Monday, 25 March 2013 in order to monitor the implementation of its decisions regarding cases of human rights ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 22)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Violence, Vulnerability, and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe

[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 14 March 2013.] Violence, Vulnerability, and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe A report on the situation of sub-Saharan migrants in an irregular situation in Morocco. Executive Summary Over the last ten years, as the European Union (EU) has ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 15)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Tunisia and the IMF: A Beggar State and an Impoverished People

In November 2012, Tunisia signed a loan with the World Bank for a total value of five hundred million dollars. This was on top of other loans received in November from various lenders that totaled seven hundred million dollars. Following an interview with Reuters last month, Riadh Bettaieb, the Tunisian minister of ...  Read More »

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Self-Immolations Continue in Tunisia

On 12 March, Adel Khadri, a twenty-seven year old cigarette street vendor, set himself on fire on Tunis’ main street, Habib Bourguiba Avenue. According to eyewitnesses, Khadri shouted: “This is a young man who sells cigarettes because of unemployment,” before setting himself on fire. Khadri passed away early this ...  Read More »

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الخوف والغضب: المرأة وعنف ما بعد الثورة

 أحد الملاحظات التي لا يمكن إغفالها أثناء انتفاضات ‘الربيع العربي’ في مصر وتونس أتت من النساء اللواتي ادعين أنهن شعرن أخيراً بالأمان في الأماكن العامة في مجتمعات سِجلّها من التحرش الجنسي ضد المرأة يدفع المرء لتمني الكثير من التحسن. إن اندماج المواطنين وتعبئتهم – الشاب والمسن، محجبات وغير محجبات، ذكر وأنثى، مسلم ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 8)

 [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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Monthly Edition (February 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Maghreb. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Maghreb-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity ...  Read More »

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Morocco's 20 February Movement: Two Years Later

Two major protests were planned within the period between 20 and 24 February. On 20 February 2013, members of the 20 February Movement planned to commemorate their two year anniversary with a march in front of the Parliament building in Rabat. Unaffiliated with the movement and less than a block away in front of the ...  Read More »

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A Betrayed Revolution?: On the Tunisian Uprising and the Democratic Transition

On the evening of 14 January 2011, a single man was shouting on Bourguiba Avenue, "Ben Ali hrab!" (Ben Ali has fled), celebrating the stunning victory of a revolution. In this cry, the admiration for the people, love for freedom, and sorrow for the dead was heard. He was alone in the dark, on an avenue that ...  Read More »

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Qatar Moving Closer to Algeria?

Officially, Emir Hamad visited Algiers on 7 January 2013 to conduct an evaluation of the bilateral cooperation and to sign partnership agreements between the two countries. This visit was struck in a cordial tone between the heads of state, even though real ...  Read More »

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London Event -- Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? (9 March)

Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? 9 March 2013, 4:30 p.m.  Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London As the dreadful hostage crisis at the BP-operated In Amenas gas plant in Algeria came to an end on January 19th, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed, like George ...  Read More »

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Assarag: Habitat and the Imazighen of Morocco

(If the photo slide show does not appear above, please click here.) [The photos and text presented here are the result of my work in five Amazigh (also known as Berber) communities or distinct architectural ensembles in the south of Morocco.] My work in Morocco began in May 2002 when I was invited by a former high ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 1)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Poems from the Maghreb: Introduction and Selections

[To celebrate the publication of Poems for the Millennium: Vol 4, edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tangour (University of California Press, 2013), a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, Jadaliyya is publishing the editors' introduction and a selection of poems (Mehdi Akhrif, ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 22)

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Mali: Why the Hardest Part Is Yet to Come

Early on during the French intervention which began in January 2013, many journalists in the international press were quick to note that Islamist militants had just “melted away” into the vast desert regions of northern Mali. As French fighter jets attacked key strongholds, hundreds of Islamist fighters prepared ...  Read More »

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La Langue Amazighe : Parcours et Entraves de Son Enseignement au Maroc

Ce papier étudie les revendications du Mouvement culturel amazigh marocain et quelques uns des obstacles qui empêchent la réussite de l’intégration de la langue amazighe dans le système éducatif marocain. Bien que la Charte nationale de l’Éducation et de la Formation, élaborée en 1999 par la Commission spéciale sur ...  Read More »

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Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch

[This article features an interview with Moroccan filmmaker and activist Nadir Bouhmouch. See Bouhmouch’s first film My Makzhen and Me here: My Makhzen and Me and a clip for his upcoming film, 475, here: www.475lefilm.com.] “The state-backed raping of poor women undermined the class solidarity that had been ...  Read More »

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Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature

The journey of self-discovery is a recurring theme in Francophone Maghrebi literature and film. Authors and directors place characters in a struggle against forces in both French and Maghrebi society, evoking various themes through which characters define themselves. While these characters embark on different paths in ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya’s Maghreb Page will deliver exclusive coverage on Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Western Sahara. As the role of the Greater Maghreb has been pivotal in the regional movements, it is imperative that coverage remains consistent and relevant. Jadaliyya will offer incisive analysis--in Arabic, French, and English--through an academic and critical perspective.

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Algeria:

Population 34,994,937
GDP $251.1 billion
Unemployment
10%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.3%
Military Expenditures
3.3% of GDP (World Rank: 37)
Health Expenditures
5.8% of GDP (World Rank 114)

Libya:

Population 6,597,960
GDP 
$90.57 billion
Unemployment 
30%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): n/a
Military Expenditures
3.9% of GDP (World Rank: 26)
Health Expenditures
6.6% of GDP (World Rank: 89)

Mauritania:

Population 3,359,185
GDP 
$7.242 billion
Unemployment 
30% (2008); Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 67%
Military Expenditures
5.5% of GDP (World Rank: 12)
Health Expenditures
5.7% of GDP (World Rank: 121) 

Morocco:

Population 32,309,239
GDP 
$163 billion
Unemployment 
9.2%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 21.9%
Military Expenditures
5% of GDP (World Rank: 16)
Health Expenditures
5.5% of GDP (World Rank: 128)

Tunisia:

Population 10,629,186
GDP 
$100 billion
Unemployment 
13%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 30.7%
Military Expenditures
1.4% of GDP (World Rank: 109)
Health Expenditures
6.2% of GDP (World Rank: 100) 

Western Sahara:

Population 522,928
GDP 
$906.5 million
Unemployment 
n/a; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): n/a
Military Expenditures
n/a
Health Expenditures
n/a

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