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A New Revolt in Morocco?: An Interview with Mohamed El Marouani

[Mohamed El Marouani is the author of Abdessalam Yassine's funeral oration, who died on 13 December 2012. Sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for "conspiring against state security," El Marouani was released during the wake of the February 20 Movement. He is the founder of the Al Umma, which he hopes to ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 17)

[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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قراءة هادئة في نداء 13 يناير

منذ شهور انطلقت على الفايسبوك نداءات تدعو للتظاهر في المدن والقرى المغربية، بل وفي العواصم الأجنبية من أجل المطالبة بالتغيير الجذري للنظام السياسي في المغرب. فبعدما كانت حركة 20 فبراير تطالب بالملكية البرلمانية كحل للأزمة التي تمر فيها البلاد وفاء لشعار اليسار القديم تحت حكم الراحل الحسن الثاني، تحول المطلب اليوم، في ...  Read More »

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Mali in Focus, Part One: The Jihadist Offensive Revisited

[This article is the first of a three-part series featuring different perspectives on the recent developments in Mali.] Although the jihadists in northern Mali share the same radical Islamist substrate, we were expecting to see Iyad Ag Ghaly’s Ansar Eddine (AD) movement cloak itself in a more moderate attitude in ...  Read More »

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Mohamed El Marouani: « Les ingrédients d’une nouvelle vague de révolte, sont désormais réunis »

[Mohamed El Marouani est l'auteur de l'oraison funèbre de Abdessalam Yassine. Condamné à une peine de vingt-cinq ans de prison, pour complot contre la sureté de l'état, il est libéré dans le sillage du mouvement du 20 février. Il est le fondateur de l'association Al Oumma qu'il aimerait transformer en parti politique, ...  Read More »

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Raped, Without Justice, and Without Hope

Last year, Moroccan civil society was highly mobilized around the case of Amina Filali—the young Moroccan girl who committed suicide after having been forced to marry her rapist. Ten months later, article 475—the article that absolves a rapist of his crimes if he marries his victim—remains in place, despite the fact ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Media Roundup (January)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's ...  Read More »

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Penser le changement de l'éducation au Maroc : Interview de Nabil Belkabir, membre de l'UECSE

Trente pour cent, c’est le taux d’analphabétisme donné par les autorités au Maroc, qui est encore plus élevé chez les femmes et en milieu rural. Mais trente pour cent c’est aussi le chiffre du chômage avancé par la Banque mondiale pour les 15-29 ans (qui représentent quarante-quatre pour cent de la population en âge ...  Read More »

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La somme de tous les rêves brisés d'Anfgou et d'ailleurs

Qui mieux qu’un misérable saurait narrer la tragédie qui frappe les siens ?  Et comment raconter aux autres l’indicible horreur, lorsqu’à la tragédie s’ajoute la barrière de la langue ? Pour ce qui nous concerne, tout ce que nous pourrions jamais décrire de  la noirceur de cette misère-là, de la ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 10)

[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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Repossessing the Dispossessed

To mark the end of 2012, a somewhat bumpy year for Tunisia’s political transition, the Tunisian Ministry of Finance organized a spectacular event: a public auction and sale of goods and trinkets nationalized from Ben Ali’s private palace in Sidi Dhrif, a palatial home overlooking the Bay of Tunis and the idyllic sea ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 4)

[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 on Jadaliyya (December 2012)

[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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Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page Echoes in France

Paris-based weekly newspaper, Courrier International, has translated and featured a couple pieces from Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page. They include an interview with Moroccan-born artist, Lalla Essaydi, conducted by Maghreb Page co-editor, Samia Errazzouki, and an overview of the current situation in Morocco, written by ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 27)

[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 Wednesday night ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 20)

[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 Wednesday night ...  Read More »

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Memory Wars and the Messiness of History: An Interview with Jim House on the Commemoration of 17 October 1961

[Dr. James (Jim) House is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds. His research interests have focused on the history and memory of the Algerian War of Independence along with antiracism in France. His monograph, "Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory," which he co-authored with ...  Read More »

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Year Three

Two years after Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation sparked a wave of uprisings in the Arab world, the region remains in turmoil. In what has become a lengthy process of fundamental transformation, there is little indication of when, how or on what basis stability will again be achieved. Given the transitional ...  Read More »

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Politics after Abdessalam Yassine

Abdessalam Yassine has died. Founder and leader of the Jamaa Al Adl Wal Ihsane, Yassine - known to his followers as Sheikh Yassine - was perhaps the strongest figure in opposition to the power of the Moroccan monarchy. Yassine died early the morning of 13 December 2012, at the age of eighty-four, in his home in Salé, ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 13)

[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 Wednesday night ...  Read More »

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Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes

Driss Ksikes’ presence in Morocco is not one that is easily captured by static titles. He is at once an artist, an academic, a journalist, and an activist. However, it is his ability to transcend the rigidity of any one of these roles that has allowed him to evade stereotypes. Both his artistic and political ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2012)

[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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Signs of New Feminism? Promises of Morocco's February 20

The absence of established figures from feminist organizations is one of the most striking features of the 20 February movement in Morocco. Nevertheless, the movement shows modes of engagement with feminism, such as the call for gender equality and a practice of parity, which suggest that feminist discourse has not ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 6)

[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 Wednesday night ...  Read More »

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من أجل مدنية الحكم في موريتانيا

بعد الإطاحة بالطاغية معاوية ولد سيد احمد الطايع في انقلاب 2005، بدأ الأمل يتسلل إلى قلوب الكثيرين في مورتانيا حيث ظنوا أن البلاد دخلت في مرحلة جديدة تطبعها الديمقراطية ودولة المؤسسات والقانون. وازدادت قناعتهم أن الديكتاتورية قد أفل نجمها وسحق جدارها مع وعد المجلس العسكري، الذي تأسس بعد الانقلاب، بتسليم السلطة للمدنيين ...  Read More »

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L’an I de la Révolution tunisienne ou les résurgences d’un passé qui divise

La Tunisie révolutionnaire ne cesse d’aller de surprise en surprise. Du jour même, du moment où elle s’est pensée comme révolutionnaire, elle est entrée dans un processus d’incessante redécouverte d’elle-même et de ses ressources cachées, dans l’enchantement comme dans la crainte et la stupeur. L’échéance ...  Read More »

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Neither Regret Nor Remorse: Colonial Nostalgia Among French Far Right

[On 17 October 1961, tens of thousands of Algerian protesters peacefully demonstrated against violations against their civil liberties in Paris. In the midst of the war of Independence (1954 – 1962), the FLN (Front de libération nationale) was engaged in a violent struggle against France that relied on the ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 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 Wednesday night ...  Read More »

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From Opposition to Puppet: Morocco’s Party of Justice and Development

A protest repressed, a journalist beaten, an artist detained, a newspaper censored, and an activist tortured. Sixteen months after what was hailed as a “landmark” constitutional referendum, and exactly one year after a new government was elected, like a broken record, headlines from Morocco continue to repeat ...  Read More »

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 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 Wednesday night ...  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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