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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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European Investors Steer Clear from Moroccan Solar Projects in Disputed Western Sahara Territory

The North Africa Journal | Morocco has managed to raise so far about $1 billion to fund its mega solar project. Half of that money is a donation from Saudi Arabia, largely to enable Saudi companies to win contracts in Morocco. ...
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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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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....
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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....
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Egyptian Military Degrades Muslim Brotherhood Organization

Two people were killed in skirmishes as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi thronged Egypt's cities and towns on Friday for the third time in eight days, trying to rattle an army-backed government bent on crushing his Muslim Brotherhood....
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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Strikes Back, Egyptian Crisis Deepens

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are launching new protests, some setting fire to a government building in Cairo....
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Morocco: The High Cost of Running Government

The North Africa Journal | With an economy struggling to grow, the Moroccan government has enacted a series of measures aimed at curbing spending related to the functioning of the administration. But these measures, which included a promised reduction in the state automobile fleet, a curbing of cost of travel and other items have failed to generate the savings anticipated early on, causing concerns about the rate of spending within the administration....
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Persistent Insecurity in North Africa, Wherever You Look

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | As warned, the ongoing, and easily predictable political evolution of North Africa and the Sahel was inevitably leading to a substantial security erosion. Chaos is dangerously settling in and it will take decades, billions of dollars, and substantial efforts to fix the multi-faceted problems the region is facing. ...
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Sonelgaz Rocked by Corruption Scandal, Reports US$ 1 Billion Loss

The North Africa Journal | The distribution of electricity and natural gas in Algeria is the domain of state-owned company Sonelgaz, which, just like sister company Sonatrach, is now at the center of a corruption probe involving alleged excessive payments for two power stations it purchased from Alstom and General Electric (GE). ...
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Ineptitude and Rampant Corruption in Government Fuel Conflicts in Mali

For decades, the reckless and often racist behavior of the government in Bamako has been fueling the conflict with the Touareg tribes of the north. Lack of economic opportunity in the Touareg land breeds massive poverty, and the Mali military has always been active in the region to repress any complaints or efforts by the locals to resist the central government. One war after another that ravaged the local populations for decades were apparently not sufficient red flags for the Malians themselves, as well as the regional leaders and the international community to seek an urgent solution to the Touareg crisis....
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The Political Angle of a Stalled Moroccan Economy

The North Africa Journal | Skeptics of the Islamist PJD party’s role and position in government and its political enemies are rejoicing to the news that a little more than a year after taking the Prime Minister’s office no progress was delivered to the Moroccan people. As we pointed out in the early stages of the PJD’s control of the Primiership, PM Abdelilah Benkirane has inherited a disastrous economy to begin with and was likely to fail, risking to erode the image and credibility of his party, in particular among the working class and the disenchanted. ...
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Podcast: Understanding the Crisis in Mali

The North Africa Journal | As predicted, it is now war in Mali and the death toll among the rebels keeps rising. However, the root causes of this crisis are complex and there is a substantial risk of a protracted conflict considering that the major issues will not be solved with a military action only. In this audiocast, Arezki Daoud shares an analysis of this conflict, in a podcast released prior to the French intervention. Click below to listen....
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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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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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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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European Investors Steer Clear from Moroccan Solar Projects in Disputed Western Sahara Territory

The North Africa Journal | Morocco has managed to raise so far about $1 billion to fund its mega solar project. Half of that money is a donation from Saudi Arabia, largely to enable Saudi companies to win contracts in Morocco.
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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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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.
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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.
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Egyptian Military Degrades Muslim Brotherhood Organization

Two people were killed in skirmishes as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi thronged Egypt's cities and towns on Friday for the third time in eight days, trying to rattle an army-backed government bent on crushing his Muslim Brotherhood.
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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Strikes Back, Egyptian Crisis Deepens

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are launching new protests, some setting fire to a government building in Cairo.
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Morocco: The High Cost of Running Government

The North Africa Journal | With an economy struggling to grow, the Moroccan government has enacted a series of measures aimed at curbing spending related to the functioning of the administration. But these measures, which included a promised reduction in the state automobile fleet, a curbing of cost of travel and other items have failed to generate the savings anticipated early on, causing concerns about the rate of spending within the administration.
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Persistent Insecurity in North Africa, Wherever You Look

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | As warned, the ongoing, and easily predictable political evolution of North Africa and the Sahel was inevitably leading to a substantial security erosion. Chaos is dangerously settling in and it will take decades, billions of dollars, and substantial efforts to fix the multi-faceted problems the region is facing.
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Nasima Alli

Nasima Alli is The North Africa Journal's News Editor. She has been an observer of the North African scene over the past several years. Based in New York, her interest in the region spans from cultural and gender issues to human rights and politics.
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