Arezki Daoud

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The Colonel's New Culture

Colonel Muamar Gaddafi has been a nightmare for the Libyan people. He not only continues to cling to power and remains defiant when everyone wants him out, but he also never hesitated eliminating anyone who resists him. As the Gaddafi regime is progressively fading away, Muamar Gaddafi is not only leaving a completely ravaged country behind him, but he has clearly stimulated artists, photographers, amateur musicians and countless Youtubers in ways he never intended.
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Defection of Moussa Koussa Means the Gaddafi Regime is Crumbling

[By Arezki Daoud | daoud@north-africa.com | US+508-981-6937] The defection of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa (hear podcast at bottom of story) is indicative of a regime that is steadily and surely collapsing. Koussa is not a man who gives up easily, and if and when he does it simply means there is nothing else to gain by staying with his boss. Indeed Moussa Koussa defected on Wednesday when he decided to leave for London. Koussa is one of Gaddafi’s closest aids. He is as close as one can get to the mad man of North Africa. With him and others surrounding Gaddafi leaving, it confirms our earlier prediction of a regime that is bound to slowly extinguish itself like a fire dying without oxygen. ...
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With Ben Ali on the Run and Gaddafi Fighting for his Life is a Unified Maghreb a Fading Dream?

[By Nasima Alli and Arezki Daoud] All eyes are currently focused on the revolutions taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. It started with mini rumblings in Algeria over the price of foods and a housing distribution program gone bad during the month of December 2010. The wave of discontent quickly progressed to Tunisia, then Egypt, now Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, and even the sheltered Saudi Arabia. No Arab ruler and beyond feel so vulnerable....
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North Africa’s Defense Expenditure: Serious Concern or Legitimate Spending?

[The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud] Recent releases of defense expenditure data raised questions about North Africa’s procurement spending on military equipment. And so the question remains whether the billions spent in the region’s armies should be a source of concern or are we over thinking it?...
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Security Council OKs No-Fly Zone over Libya, World Rallies against Gaddafi

[The North Africa Journal] The Security Council authorized on March 17, 2011 the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime....
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After the Quake in Japan, Is North Africa Ready?

[By Arezki Daoud] The intensity of the March 2011 Japan earthquake was unlike anything else we have witnessed in modern times. This was no doubt of epic proportions, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake struck with a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale. Then that event was followed by deadly Tsunami waves hitting Japan from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south....
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Niger Presidential Election Results: Yet another Victory for Muamar Gaddafi

[The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud] While Muamar Gaddafi has been working hard to regain the momentum in his country’s eastern provinces, he has clearly made political gains elsewhere. First was the inability of the G8 nations to agree on how to stop him and his killing machine. Then it was the presidential elections in Niger, where he financed an opposition leader to gain further influence in the Sahel/Sahara region. When one wonders how he has the ability to buy foreign mercenaries, consider the way he influences many African nations and their future, including Niger....
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A Tumultuous North Africa

[The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud] It is no business as usual in North Africa. Two dictators have been toppled, a civil war is underway, wind of reform is seemingly sweeping across the region with a highly unpredictable outcome. The volatility of the situation means that the hope of democracy and progress that one felt one day, turns into despair and stress the following....
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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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