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Mali Crisis Expanding: Mass Kidnapping of Westerners in a Saharan Oil Base

The North Africa Journal: The French military intervention against Islamist militants in northern Mali has added greatly to the insecurity in the region. In addition to the casualties of the conflict proper, Western interests, in particular French are being targeted wherever Al-Qaeda affiliated militants are present.
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Opinion: Moroccans Would Like to See Economic Growth Not a Religious Discourse

The North Africa Journal | In this oped, political Analyst Said Temsamani highlights the need for Morocco to focus on economic growth and move away from the religious narrative affecting political life. ...
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Guest Opinion: More than Just a Goodwill Tour, the King of Morocco Takes his Vision on the Road

Former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward Gabriel shares his assessment of King Mohamed's visit to Gulf nations. ...
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Chart: Mobile Phone Adoption in Algeria

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How to Secure the Sahel

By Arezki Daoud, The North Africa Journal | Thursday night, the northern Mali region of Kidal witnessed the first wave of serious clashes between the Touaregs and so-called Islamist group Ansar Dine, a group under the influence of Al-Qaeda. The event is critically important in that it confirms that the two groups, the Touaregs organized under the independence movement of the MNLA and the Al-Qaeda operatives in the region (Ansar Dine) have different agendas. As their key leaders have often stated, the Touaregs have not pledged allegiance to foreign Jihadist influences and will not do any time soon. That in itself is not only encouraging, but a major opportunity for those fighting the Jihadists and seeking to root them out. A fresh approach to the Sahel is needed and without an active participation of the Touaregs, the Sahel will remain a dangerous zone. Here’s why....
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Election Fever in Egypt

By VOANews: Millions of Egyptians stood in long lines Wednesday to cast ballots in the first presidential election since President Hosni Mubarak resigned last year amid massive protests. ...
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Legislative Elections: Algeria Takes Three Steps Backward

The North Africa Journal | The expression “the People Have Chosen” does not apply to Algeria’s legislative elections held last week. And judging by the winners, it’s going to be business as usual for the incoming rubber-stamping assembly....
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Algeria vs. Morocco: And the Tit-for-Tat Goes On

The North Africa Journal | Moroccans and Algerians love to hate each other. I am not talking about the people, who are exactly the same in identity, ethnicity, religion and customs and have only respect for one another, but about their governments and leaders, who continue to feud and refuse to face up to the geo-strategic realities of the region today. ...
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Libya: Not out of the Woods Yet

The North Africa Journal | Libya is not out of the woods yet. And for those who think solutions to its multi-faceted crises are near, they should reconsider their views very carefully. It is certain that for a few multinational companies, the time is right to re-engage. With a country that has so much oil and gas, the time is always right to engage. ...
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North Africa: A Fast Evolving Landscape

We felt rather guilty for releasing to you an 80+ page issue. For a moment we thought we should split it into two installments, but here’s the problem: North Africa is a never ending source of critical matters at this very important junction of its history. The news and fast developing stories keep on pouring at such a speed that they inevitably require large amounts of reporting. ...
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Morocco’s 2015 Budget Based on 4.4% GDP Growth, Earmarks $6 Billion for Debt Servicing

The North Africa Journal: Morocco has a 2015 budget that takes into account a 4.4% GDP growth, up from a projected 4.2% this year.
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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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Maghreb & Sahel Top10 Deadliest Cities

Tallying the figures of terrorism and/or politically-motivated killings shows again that Libyan cities were the deadliest in August 2014. The chart below provides a visual of the cities/regions that are facing severe level of violence. The data comes from MEA Risk at http://www.mea-risk.com
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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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Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

The North Africa Journal | Tension remains high in Libya. Factions with opposing ideologies and strong men at their top are facing each others with devastating potential for the future of the country.
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North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference: Security Assessment

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made at the end of December 2013. It was addressed to the North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference, presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page.
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Latest Issue Available for Download

The North Africa Journal is pleased to announce the release of its 235th issue in which Editors discuss a series of topics of economic, political and security interest related to North Africa’s Maghreb region.
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Sounia Johnson

Sounia Johnson is a Correspondent for The North Africa Journal, based in Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Johnson is Frenco-Algerian, born in Algeria and grew up in Saint-Denis, a multicultural Pan-African suburb near Paris, France. In addition to her role in The North Africa Journal, Sounia is the coordinator of North African Affairs at the Levantine Cultural Center, a non-profit think-tank organization dedicated to promoting cultures and strengthening Arab-American relations in Los Angeles. Sounia’s bicultural heritage and international experience has equipped her with an unparalleled cross-cultural understanding governing socio-political and racial tensions in France. Her expertise lies in the area of French Algerian relations from an urban perspective, exploring assimilation issues of Northern Africans in France and beyond. Her commitment to dispelling institutionalized beliefs is unwavering. Sounia is fluent in English, French and has a basic command of the German language.
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