Arezki Daoud

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No Smoking Gun in the Megrahi Release, But Big Projects in Libya Await British Companies

Despite arguments that the release of Al Megrahi was not motivated by economic gains, it is hard to believe that UK companies may not fully benefit from it, even if there is no paper trail on a deal between the UK and Libya. Ask British executive working in Libya and you will find an interesting consensus. British businesses have themselves made public statements that the release has removed “the last remaining obstacle to the Libyan market opening up to British firms,” according to a British construction industry publication (Building).
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A Visit to Douar Tafza, the Berber Ecomuseum in the Ourika Valley

By Colin Kilkelly*: As you come to the last corner at the entrance to the Ourika Valley, 35 minutes from Marrakech you can see on your right the little Berber village of Tafza. Before you decide to bypass its centre, you may want to know that it houses a priceless gem, the Berber ecomuseum of Douar Tafza....
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It's All About Oil and Some

After eight years in a Scottish jail, the Libyan man convicted for his role in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has been released on compassionate grounds. Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi is said to have only a few months to live and has arrived in Libya where he was greeted by thousands of supporters. While Scottish justice minister Kenny MacAskill argues his decision was an act of compassion toward a dying man, it is a lot more complex than that....
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Algeria to Slow Imports, Seeks to Reduce Credit Risk with New Finance Law Measures

The Algerian government enacted substantial changes in the country’s finance law, a move considered by many as drastic and severe. The changes were issued as part of Algeria’s mid-term complementary finance law for 2009. ...
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image Arezki Daoud Arezki Daoud is a leading analyst on North African affairs. He has been editor of The North Africa Journal since 1996. The publication reaches over 50,000 decision makers worldwide. Having lived and worked in North Africa, Mr. Daoud's analytical expertise on the region spans from the energy and industrial sectors to security and political affairs. Arezki is familiar with the speech circuit and briefing the business and government communities on the countries of the Maghreb region and is widely quoted in the press.
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