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Cooling of Demand for Cars in Morocco

Although 2008 is on track for a new record for the auto industry in Morocco, the fourth quarter is turning out to be more challenging than predicted.
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Canal+ Dropping out of North African TV Screens

North Africans have long been accustomed to receiving the television programs of France’s Canal+....
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Algeria: DHL to Use Biggest Airport Terminal in the Maghreb

DHL, one of the world’s largest express shipping and international logistics companies, has inaugurated the Maghreb’s largest airport terminal to accompany the economic growth of the North African country....
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Tunisia Continues Investing in Oil Exploration and Production

A new gas field in Tunisia has begun production. Situated off shore the island of Kerkennah, the field required TND 100 million to develop, with its output entirely purchased by the Tunisian power company Société d’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG)....
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Algeria Looks at Solar Energy for More Power

Algeria ambitions to develop its own solar energy industry with a goal of producing 1,200 megawatts of power from that source by 2015. ...
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Canamens to Search for Oil in Morocco

Canamens, a small private equity funded upstream oil and gas company based in the United Kingdom, signed several agreements with Morocco’s Office National Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) to explore for oil in Morocco....
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Medgaz Links Algeria and Spain with Deepwater Pipeline

Medgaz has completed the pipe-lay operations that will directly connect Algeria to Spain. ...
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$1.2 Billion for an Oil Refinery in Morocco

Oil companies in Morocco are on track to build a refinery and pipeline network over the next four years, despite global oil prices dropping to their lowest levels in months. ...
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First Gas Discovery in Morocco

UK-based independent hydrocarbons exploration firm Circle Oil Plc confirms that it has found natural gas in the north-east of the Moroccan capital Rabat. ...
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An Impossible Mountain to Climb for Oil Producing Countries

Oran was in the media spotlight like never before. Hundreds of reporters and dozens of television cameras descended on the Algerian western city on the Mediterranean to cover an event that could potentially reshape entire economies and even political systems. ...
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2009 Economic Outlook: North Africa Staring at a Tough Year

By Arezki Daoud: Despite statements that their economies are in good shape and built to withstand the ongoing global economic meltdown, North African politicians must be aware that the outlook looks shaky at best. Various indications hint that the region should brace for a tough time this year, as each country in the region is facing a specific set of challenges. ...
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Case Study: Doing Business in North Africa: Negotiations 101

Algerian Negotiators Learning Contract 101 the Hard Way: How Air Algerie Failed to Sell its Old Fleet....
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Brazilian Firms to Build Transrhumel Overpass in Constantine, Algeria

Two Brazilian firms have been awarded a contract to build a viaduct known as Transrhumel in the eastern city of Constantine, Algeria. ...
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Algeria: Businesses Edge Closer to Universal Weekend

Completely out of synch with the world, Algeria is one of the handful of countries whose weekend is officially Thursday and Friday. ...
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Orascom Telecom Disappoints Investors

Orascom Telecom, which has a strong presence in the Tunisian and Algerian mobile phone markets, saw its second quarter profits drop by a stunning 64%. ...
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Libya and Italy Sealing their Rapprochement with Libyan Investment in ENI

The Italian oil giant ENI is a big interest for the Libyan government. ENI has always been an active player in the Libyan hydrocarbon sector, even when the country was isolated. ...
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Algeria and the Urgency of Diversifying Beyond the Oil Economy

Oil producing nations that have large populations and are heavily dependent on oil exports are particularly vulnerable to global economic volatility...
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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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Libya: Time for Something Radically New

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | The sacking of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may be long overdue, but Libya’s problems remain the same with a dysfunctional and divided Congress, and regions and ethnic groups feeling neglected. The country wants to run as a normal nation but there is nothing normal in its current situation.
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Mayhem in Ghardaia: Ethnic Conflict Tearing Apart Central Algeria

The North Africa Journal | A 22-year old Mozabite man of Berber decent was assassinated by a gang in early February 2014, making him the fourth victim since the start of the year.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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