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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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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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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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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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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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With Another Bouteflika Term, Algeria Faces Uncertain Future

The North Africa Journal | President Bouteflika extracted his fourth term like a dentist extracting a tooth from a child. It was a painful and ugly scene, but also an embarrassing moment for a country that has so much to offer.
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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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Vivian Salama

Vivian Salama has spent much of the past decade in the Middle East, reporting for publications including Bloomberg News, BusinessWeek, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as a number of academic journals. She also has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, France24, Bloomberg TV, TV New Zealand, CBS News, and many more. Last year, she wrote about the revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen.
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