Redouane Benmehdi

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Algeria to Up Spending on Cereal Imports

North Africa is struggling with the prospect of reduced cereal harvesting.
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Algeria: Police Demonstration is Symptom of Vacant Leadership

Competition between Arab and Berber tribes for jobs and land often ends in violent confrontations in Ghardaia. Ghardaia is situated in the center of Algeria in the Sahara desert. On October 12, tribal tensions flared up again as it did so many times in the past months. ...
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Islamic State (IS) Preparing a North Africa-Sahel Offensive. Displacement of Al Qaeda in the Region Underway

The North Africa Journal: ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or simply IS) is currently building up a pretty dense presence of combatants, leaders, and sympathizers in North Africa and in the Sahel. ...
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Amid Ebola and ISIS Threat, Morocco Withdrawal from Hosting Africa Cup Makes Sense, Says MEA Risk

Morocco asked the African football association CAF to postpone its holding of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco’s main and only argument is that such event cannot take place amid a major Ebola crisis. But risk tracking and assessment firm MEA Risk suggests that the ISIS threat has also contributed to Morocco's decision. ...
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The Libyan Impasse: Two Competing Governments Preparing to Fight to the Death

When we entered September 2014, Libya felt calmer and more subdued. Very little in the form of violent confrontation got recorded within the city center proper, although the western districts remained a hotbed of a violent confrontation between various militias....
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The Thorny Issue of Algeria’s Solid Waste Treatment

The French waste management firm Suez Environnement is currently seeking fresh opportunities to enter the Algeria solid waste treatment market. The firm has recently dispatched some of its senior managers to explore the possibility of offering services either by itself or through a joint venture with the Algerian counterpart EPIC. ...
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Moroccan Government Less Stressed about 2014 Economic Performance

The Moroccan government has had many battles to wage on the economic front, and the Premiership of Benkirane was at risk because of it. Weak finances, decreasing exports to traditional markets, a rollercoaster phosphate market, and a series of shortcomings promised to bring bad news for Morocco this year....
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Algeria Ends Highway Construction Contract with Group of Japanese Firms

The North Africa Journal | The Algerian government announced that it has ended its contract with a group of Japanese companies formed to build a lengthy section of the Algerian east-west motorway. ...
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Morocco’s Military Equipment Purchases from France Exceeded $750 million in 2013

Morocco spent more than $2.5 billion in acquiring French military hardware over the past five years. In the decade ending 2013, Morocco was been France’s 6th biggest buyer of French weapons, behind Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil, the UAE and the USA. ...
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US Military Capture Tanker Carrying Libyan Oil

The American military have seized an oil tanker carrying crude illicitly obtained from a rebel-held port in Libya....
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image Redouane Benmehdi A native of Sousse, Tunisia, Redouane Benmehdi is currently in Washington DC pursuing a PhD in political science. Mr. Benmehdi is a keen observer of events in North Africa.
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