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Troubled Times for North Africa’s Oil Sector
The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Foreign companies are expressing their frustration with the security and political events affecting their business in North Africa. Many decided to postpone work for some future time, a decision often justified by a reduction in global demand, lower global prices and higher inventories expected in the future. That leaves, however, greater uncertainty in the region and many questions are being asked by the global investor community as to what come next.
North Africa and Sahel: Major Military Buildup Underway
The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Even as northern Mali continues to deal with the aftermath of its Jihadist invasion and the French offensive to remove them, the biggest concern for the region and international military organizations remains southern Libya and in particular the Libya-Algeria shared borders. A military buildup is underway, involving tens of thousands of troops, and upcoming acquisition of Russian military equipment and Chinese drones.
More Violence in Libya: Dozens Killed, Incontrollable Militias
The North Africa Journal | Deadly clashes erupted in the outskirts of Tripoli on Saturday resulting in dozens of deaths, estimated at almost 40. These events are similar to those that occurred last summer in Benghazi, when 30 people died after confronting an unruly armed militia. In Tripoli this weekend, local populations battled a militia from Misrata (some 200 km east of Tripoli), who came to the capital to avenge the death of some of their members following the burning of their south Tripoli headquarters on Wednesday.
Algeria Receives 'B-' Neutral Negative Stability Rating, Graded 50.7, According to MEA Risk
The North Africa Journal: MEA Risk rating and assessment service announced the release of its Stability Rating for Algeria. As of November 5, 2013, Algeria receives rating “B-”, with a numerical grade of 50.7 on a scale of 1-to-100, with 100 representing the highest level of stability and anything below 16 representing a failed state.
Morocco-Algeria: Diplomatic Tension Escalates
The North Africa Journal: Tension has been rising between Morocco and Algeria, over, yet again the disputed Western Sahara territory. This escalation seemed to have started following statements made by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika during a speech made on his behalf by his Justice Minister, where he insisted on “the establishment of an international mechanism to monitor human rights in the Western Sahara.” This particular statement led the Moroccan government to recall its ambassador for consultation, and in Casablanca, the Algerian consulate was attacked by an angry mob.
Despite Security Vacuum in Libya, Oil Exploration Goes On, Repsol Finds New Reserves
The North Africa Journal | There have been high profile cases of companies leaving Libya in droves. The actions of armed militias and those of the Islamist militants active in the country, overwhelming the weak government in place, have scared a great number of companies. But for those willing to stick around, eventually it will all pay off.
Morocco: the King’s Men Return to Power, Islamists Take a Much Needed Break
The North Africa Journal | by Arezki Daoud | The coalition that formed the Moroccan cabinet since the electoral victory of the Islamist PJD party has been facing a crisis when in July 2013 the conservative-monarchist Istiqlal party withdrew from it. The exit of Istiqlal, the second biggest party in parliament, appears to have dealt a blow to the PJD, which has been leading a nation that faces a series of difficult social and economic issues, and opponents that could not wait for it to fail. At the end, however, the Islamists minimalist position in the new cabinet may actually be their saving grace.
Libya PM Zeidan Kidnapped by a Government “Anti-Corruption Unit” [update]
The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Making a public statement on Thursday, the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Abdulkarim Sadikk clearly missed the mark when he stated that Libya was safe and security was under control. The problem with Mr. Saddikk statement is that nothing could be further from the truth. Early Thursday, Mr. Saddikk’s boss, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was simply kidnapped from his room at the Corinthia Hotel. Yes, only in failed state do we see these kinds of events and to speak of security when the Prime Minister is abducted simply defies logic.
US Raids in Somalia and Libya | Audiocast
The North Africa Journal's Deputy Editor Alessandro Bruno shares his views on the latest US raids on Al Shabab locations in Somalia and on a location in Tripoli to capture Anas Al Liby. The discussion took place on a TV news program.
Anas Al-Liby Captured by US Special Forces
The North Africa Journal | US Special Forces have captured Libya-born Al Qaeda leader Anas Al-Liby. Al Liby was seized in a commando-style operation undertaken on Saturday, October 05, 2013. Al-Liby is wanted by the US authorities for his alleged role in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. He is also believed to be a key coordinator of North African terrorist organizations on behalf of Al Qaeda.