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Algerians and Moroccans Use Cyber Attacks to Settle their Political Feuds

The North Africa Journal | In the evening of November 8, 2011, nearly 200 Moroccan companies and other institutions were the targets of cyber attacks. The exact figure was not confirmed but the event led to the defacing of corporate and institutional websites, making them virtually useless for a short while. What was interesting in this wave of websites defacing was the widespread sentiment that the authors of the attacks were from Algeria. What’s also interesting was the fact that Algerian sites were also the targets of attacks earlier, in the morning of Tuesday and so the cyber attacks against Morocco were of a retaliatory nature. Among the Algerian institutions that faced a cyber attack early Tuesday was the Algerian Tax Department (Direction Générale des Impôts or DGI).

Saleh Transfers Power to Yemeni VP

The North Africa Journal | When the news that the Yemeni President Saleh was about to sign a power transfer agreement broke out earlier this week, skeptics did not believe the battered ruler would go forward with the deal. He has made in the past several similar promises only to remain in power....
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Constituent Assembly Makes its Debut in Tunisia

Tunisia is speeding up its political recovery after several months of severe unrest. The ousting of dictator Ben Ali led to a chaotic period, followed by a solid performance of the moderate Islamists as the Tunisians went to vote for their representatives....
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Libya Has new Government Cabinet

After a brief delay, Interim Libyan Prime Minister has now a government cabinet tasked to secure the Libyan territory and get the economy going. The new cabinet will also work to pave the way for a permanent political landscape....
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Yemen Ruler's New Promise

The North Africa Journal: Yemeni ruler has made several pledges to transfer power only to rescind. A United Nations envoy to Yemen says negotiators have reached agreement on a plan that calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in a bid to end the country's political crisis....
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Is Egypt's Military Kneeling Under Public Pressure?

The North Africa Journal | After the bloody crackdown of the past days leading to dozens of deaths on the civilian side, the Egyptian military rulers say they will seek a political exit to the crisis. Although the military's public statements are still considered by protesters as insufficient, the Egyptian second uprising is clearly putting enormous pressure on the Junta....
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Crisis Escalates in Egypt, Military Junta is Behind Lack of Political Progress

The North Africa Journal | The political crisis in Egypt is once again escalating and the military junta has a direct responsible for scores of deaths and the public disenchantment. Without a central figure in charge that would be accountable for progress, the military junta is seen by Egyptians as a stumbling block to political progress. It is time that the military return to their barracks....
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Maroc Telecom Struggles under Competitive Pressure

The North Africa Journal | Equity Research | The Moroccan telecom giant Maroc Telecom has had a difficult time these days. The company has been delivering weak performances with both its domestic and African businesses facing saturated mobile phone markets and stiff competition. ...
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Despair and Self-Immolation in Algeria

The North Africa Journal | It is ironic how Africa’s second largest economy is unable to cope with its housing shortage. The situation is so bad that virtually all riots and too many recorded suicides are the result of housing despair. ...
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Religious And Secular Forces Clash Over Women’s Status In Mediterranean World

New Book by Authors of American Religious Identification Survey: The Mediterranean world is a region in flux and under strain and poses striking challenges to the many peoples who live there. That was the conclusion of a group of researchers from nine countries who gathered in 2007 at what has been called “an extraordinary meeting” of scholars representing “all of the major faiths that crowd the Mediterranean shores.”...
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image Nasima Alli Nasima Alli is The North Africa Journal's News Editor. She has been an observer of the North African scene over the past several years. Based in New York, her interest in the region spans from cultural and gender issues to human rights and politics.
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